Lenawee Trail

Summer is winding down fast in the Colorado High Country so this past Wednesday we decided to take advantage of a beautiful summer/fall day and ride the Lenawee Trail which start at the top of Arapahoe Basin and ends in Peru Creek near the town of Montezuma.  The ride start with a grueling uphill from the base of A-Basin to the top.  1,600 feet in only 2.5 miles.  The reward is 10 miles of descent from 12,5000 feet back down to Keystone at 9,500 feet.  If you ever want a really nice, relatively short, ride that winds through mountain tundra, spruce forests and aspen groves I highly recomend this one!

Dc making the first turn on Lenawee Trail.  The first few miles is all above treelike.

Jake enjoying the scenic downhill.

Panoramic image made using the iPhone app DMD.


Over the past two summers I've really fallen in love with biking.  Something about, its almost like snowboarding in a weird way.  We had a pretty epic Indian Summer here in Colorado for most of September and October and got out quite a bit (not to mention all summer too!).  I had never really shot much biking and decided with the fall colors in full swing it was time.  Here's a few shots from a little afternoon session in late September.

10 Mile Traverse

DC and I headed out yesterday afternoon to hit up the Ten Mile Traverse, or at least the shorter but more fun route.  A short climb up Ten Mile Peak followed by some pretty intense scrambling over to peak 3 and then some really fun scrambling up to Peak 4, and then back down to the car.  We made it out about 15 minutes before we would have needed our headlamps.  All in all we couldn't have asked for a better day to be out on the peaks and ridges of Summit County.

Photo by DC

Self Portrait

Nothing artsy or anything, but this was a really fun climb up Father Dyer Peak (northeast route, Class 3) in Breckenridge, CO on August 22, 2009. There's something to be said about just going out on your own and getting out in the wilderness for a couple of hours. I really do enjoy routes like this. Class 3 and 4 routes that is. I hate to hike actually, if it doesn't involve some kind of scrambling I'm not into it at all. Another thing I like is the fact that there are no ropes to slow you down, but at the same time there is usually a lot of exposure and if you fell it would more than likely end in death. And if that were the case, being by yourself, nobody would ever really know just what happened. It keeps you on your toes, and makes you feel alive. A funny story about this particular day was that the second I got to the summit I received a phone call from my good friend DC. When he asked me where I was, I told him on the top of Father Dyer Peak, can you see me, I'm waving my arms? He replied, yes, do you see me? Jokingly I said yes, but of course I didn't. He then tells me that he is on the summit of Helen Mountain (The peak lower center in this photo) and that he indeed can see me. Now do you see me he asked? Laughing now, I said yes. He then proceeded to fly a kite. Pretty random to say the least.