Grays & Torreys Peak – Fall 2016

14,270 feet – 8.50 miles round trip. A fairly familiar hike for the morning. I’ve hiked these seven times I think but I just can’t get tired of the view from up there.
Part of the sky was overcast and the contrast was just fantastic.
The Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Mid did very well. I’m retiring the Lowa Renegade GTX for the snow season.

Oregon Coast Trail 2016

Back from my 400 mile hike along the coast of Oregon.  Started Sunday September 18th at 9am and finished two weeks later on October 2nd at 8am.


Aspen Loop 2016

August 21st, 2016

Over the years I’ve met a few hikers who hike casually (or so it seems) 40-mile / day, every day for weeks at a time if not months. I’ve always wondered what that actually entails. What does it REALLY mean for your body, for your mind?
The original plan wasn’t to hike for 24 hours straight obviously – although come to think of it, it would have been a valid plan as well – but just to hike a 40-mile loop and be done by 9pm which was plenty enough. I even had a shortcut planned to save a few miles if needed.
Things didn’t quite go as planned though. Shortcut wasn’t really one because of all the route finding it triggered. Crossing the valley (felt like marshland really) at Snowmass creek / West Snowmass creek was a disaster. Trail around Haystack Mountain was nowhere to be found so I improvised an alternative route…at 11:30pm. 
Final mile count reaching the car at 4:30am? 47 miles and 12000ft elevation gain total.

The good:
• Fantastic scenery and definitely my favorite part of Colorado in that regard.
• Hiking with trail running shoes (Altra Superior 2.0) worked great. New pants (Arc’teryx Perimeter) seem like they could be worn for weeks at a time. I still have to wash / inspect them to see the damage since I did quite a bit of bush whacking along the way.
• Feet and legs did just fine in the context.
The bad:
• Tracing a route with Garmin tools gives a distance estimation about 15% too low. I should have seen that coming really.
• One source of trail information is not enough. Need to double check everything for this kind of exercise.
The ugly:
• Took a spill at mile 10 and fell on my side. Few ribs are not doing so hot.

Brandi Carlile – Red Rocks

Saw Brandi Carlile with the Old Crow Medicine at the Red Rocks Amphitheater August 14th. Pretty good show and as usual fantastic venue…

Huron Peak, CO

Swiss Fondue & French Wine at +14000ft? Check! Great hike of Huron Peak on August 13th with Echostar for our yearly fondue…

Was at the summit in 2 hour 5 minutes. Doing pretty well these days…

Grays Peak, Colorado

Quick hike atop Grays Peak on August 6th 2016. Not the greatest weather but good workout 🙂

Castle Peak – Conundrum Peak

July 31st 2016
Nice climb of Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak. Went down Conundrum Peak on snow sliding towards the frozen lake; much faster than going back around. The Jeep did well on Pearl Pass.

Cooking – Baking of the Weekend

As usual, weekend baking & cooking photography…

– Wild Boar Burger with red onions and blue cheese
– Anise & Almond Meringue
– Lemon Eclairs with Hazelnut Streusel and meringue
– Madeleine
– Strawberry Eclairs with pistachio ganache, strawberry sauce – orange flower water – and minestrone, topped with caramelized pistachios

Chocolate Éclairs

Got a new book from French pastry chef Christophe Adam.

Tried the Chocolate Éclairs recipe…

Mt. Lindsey, July 2016

Mt. Lindsey – 14042ft – Northwest Ridge Trail
Camped on the trail (literaly) after a 2.5 hour bike ride to the trailhead plus about an hour hike. Woke up at 5am and reached the summit at 9:30am.

Mt Lindsey, June 2016

No summit.

Hike near Mt Lindsey. The access road being closed I had to bike to the trail-head for three hours before I could even start hiking. Made it to about 12000ft before I had to turn around.

Basically a good eight hour workout in the mountains 🙂

Grizzly Peak, Colorado

Short hike to the top of Grizzly Peak, Colorado in May 2016

Starting the hiking season slowly…

Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin

Very interesting tour of the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin Ireland.

After spending the whole day hiking – about 18 miles – through the city to take photos while eating only a light breakfast in the morning I confess that the whiskey tasting totally kicked my ass 🙂

I didn’t get to try the $6000 bottle of whiskey sadly…

Dublin, Ireland

Spent a few days in Dublin, Ireland. No “striking / Breathtaking” architecture compared to other European cities but very charming.

Yes, I had Guinness in Dublin, Ireland. Checked!