It’s been a busy three weeks of mountains in Oregon. After returning from Colorado and Pikes Peak I’ve pushed hard because a) the summer is waning fast and I’ve been itching to do these peaks and routes all year, and b) the legs could use a good tempering for my first 50k.
Aug 22: South Sister with Dan Kraft, a casual, crowd filled outing that ended in a new ascent pr 1:32. Terrific views all the way to Mt Adams and beyond. Descent past green lakes for a cool dip.
Aug 23: Newberry Crater rim trail with Dan, Claire and housemates, runners vs mountain bikers circumnavigating the caldera of Oregon’s largest shield volcano, through forest and pumice fields, followed by swimming and picnic.
Aug 27: Three Fingered Jack solo via PCT, giving two thru hikers a lift back the trail and encountering enough other hiker trash that 17 trail magic cokes disappeared in 3 hours.
Aug 31: Strawberry Mt in Eastern Oregon with Claire, a leisurely backpack through a knot of alpine mountains and high lakes at the terminus of the John Day valley, with views stretching to the Wallowas and Steens.
Sept 5: South Sister with Ryan Bak, getting after it in blustery conditions and surprising myself by setting a new FKT of 1:21 (old 1:26), which would last for one day. Fitting.
Sept 6: Mt Jefferson with Dan via the Whitewater glacier, climbing high above the fires, ice fields and crevasses to the boulder pinnacle of Oregon’s second highest peak.
Sept 9: Long run on the flagline trail after spending a breezy night on Tumalo Mt with Fox and Rocklocks. Brilliant sunrise and course recon for first 50k.
Sept 11: Three Sisters Traverse with Andrew Wagner, my first linkup of the Bend skyline and first time on North and Middle, a terrific full day in the mountains even when the water and food ran out and the sun set.
One week til the Flagline 50k and another US Championships.