Saturday, September 11, 2010

Musings and misdirection

Nick won Wasatch.

What a breakout season (nationally that is), guy can't lose right now. It seems like every time he steps up to the plate, he jacks one into the upper deck. I think the only guy that should take bets with him is Tony.

Speaking of Tony, I attempted to make my way up Green Mountain, but ended up off trail somewhere and after climbing some sheer face hands and all I ended up at the second flatiron. Coming back down I was all over the place trying to find a trail. I followed cairns on the way up, which is why I thought I was still on trail, but I don't know I guess I just misread a sign somewhere which is fine because I was working hard and my brain was pounding by the time I got on Saddle. I must have been a sight when the couple making out on the summit saw me snot-faced and panting.

Someday I'll get a guide to take me up the real way! Hopefully that's Gregory/Ranger! I have a feeling it wasn't gonna get any easier when I got up to Greenman... Most of the trail I was on was not reasonably runnable, such has been the case with my experiences of Boulder trails. More reason to stay close to home I guess.

Good times though, ready for tomorrow and my last actual work before touch up work heading into Steamboat.

6 comments:

Brandon Fuller said...

Let me know sometime. I will show you. I saw you were going today but I had to stay near home.

PatrickGarcia said...

I'll let you know for sure, though It'll probably be snowy by the time I get back, gonna take a little break after Steamboat.

GZ said...

I am guessing you took the left at the Y in the Greenman trail that then leads back to the second flatiron. Not an uncommon mistake.

PatrickGarcia said...

GZ, what's a typical split for you from there to Green? 15-20? I'm guessing I was on pace for something between 38-41, but since I've never been up there I've got no clue. I was getting my ass kicked all over the place...

GZ said...

It is probably a little further than that in terms of time. On a particularly steep section, there is a wooden bridge (but no river) ... just past that there is a cut off over to the 2nd Flatiron (although that trail really is hacked up). That trail bears off to the left, while the trail you want to take keeps on up to the right.

PatrickGarcia said...

Ahh, I remember the bridge, so I was past that at least, but I can't remember really much past that. I was a bit out of it, I don't really remember my time to the Flatiron but it was somewhere between 23-26 mins, 44:xx back to the lot at Chatauqua. Running down was actually manageable if slow.