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2020

what just happened?

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Looking Back

2020:
Well, that was an interesting year.
There was some things that were new and crazy like the pandemic and my truck getting stolen and totaled. Meanwhile other things stayed the same just like any other year with camping, hiking, biking, running, volleyball, moving, and road trips.

Most activities this year was somehow affected by COVID related news, including working remotely for 41 weeks of the year. I had several concerts, events, and international travel cancelled. The trips would have been to Italy, Croatia, Austria, Canada, and the Cayman Islands.

However that allowed me to take more US based trips. I was able to check out a lot of National Parks included Rocky Mountain, Colorado Monument, Dinosaur Monument, Arches, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons. Plus had the time to see a lot of family, friends, and enjoy hobbies (all at a distance of course).

Well, here's the review:

Activities

Things that happened in 2020:

Big Travels

Quick Trips

Challenges

Events & other activities

  • moved to downtown Denver - February
  • had 4Runner stolen, along with all my camping and outdoor gear, to be found a week later totaled and trashed by drug addicts - August
  • concerts: none
  • races: none
  • volleyball, biking, running, walking, hiking
  • Denver Travel Show
  • Prudence turned 3 - August

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 03:21 Archived in USA Tagged me sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes trees museums nature travel california colorado mountain egypt turkey utah camp africa usa rockies festival hike bike israel europe asia denver qatar roadtrip montana wyoming macedonia ultra challenge sup nationalparks 14er 2020 murktravels in_review fkkt Comments (0)

2020 14ers - Shavano and Tabeguache w/ FKKT - Colorado USA

world record

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overview / intro

As I continue to add 14ers (14,000+ ft elevation peaks) to my accomplishments list, I have to venture farther from Denver. For Shavano and Tabeguache, I had to wake up at 2 am, to drive to the trailhead, so I could start around 6am.

The peaks are near each other, so I hiked up Shavano, then down to a spot between them and up to Tabeguache peak. On the return, I had to repeat the trail back up to the summit of Shavano and back down to my car at the main trailhead. It's kind of like 2 mountains for the price of 3.

I also set a FKKT. That is a tongue-in-cheek play on the FKT world. FKT stands for Fastest Known Time, where super athletes continue to out do each other for a run, hike, paddle, or other challenge to get the quickest time along a set route or set of goals. FKKT is much more fun and less serious. It stands for fastest known kilt time; which is doing one of these adventures while wearing a kilt.

As far as I know, this is the FKKT for a Shavano hike. Also the FKKT for the Shavano-Tabeguache-Shavano route. Since I doubt anyone has ever claimed that before, it's probably also the FFKKT (first FKKT) for those routes. And to go one step further, it doesn't seem like anyone has ever claimed a FKKT on any route anywhere, so this is a WFFKKT (world's first FKKT). And that's as far down the rabbit hole that we need to go. Too many acronyms can make one dizzy.

Since fun is the key concept of FKKTs, there are very few formalities around them; there is no need for exhaustive documentation and proof. The recommendation are that you should proclaim on some social site that you set a FKKT. There needs to be no research before or after about a legitimacy of a claim; which leads to a fantastic situation where multiple people can hold a FKKT at the same time with blissful ignorance.

Therefore, without further ado. Here ye, here ye. The following shall be known:

  • I have set a FKKT on a Shavano hike
  • I have set a FKKT on a Shavano to Tabeguache to Shavano hike

My times are estimates of the following. From the trail to the summit of Shavno was 1 hour 54 minutes. Later (after going over to Tabegauache and back) my time from the peak to the trailhead was 1 hour 25 minutes. Total up and down time for Shavano was 3 hours 19 minutes. For the full route to Tabeguache and back was 5 hours 59 minutes and 30 seconds. That is a sub 6 hour time, which is unheard of. But mostly it's unheard of because no one has ever talked about a FKKT record before.

Additionally, these are all inclusive times, including two stops to remove rocks from shoes, eating and picture breaks on each summit (twice on Shavano), a long chat with a former national park service ranger from Montana since I'm planning a trip up there soon, and a pause to help some lost hikers on the way down. However with FKKT's being more about the enjoyment at a chill pace, I am not worried about removing some that to figure out the real moving time / pace.

I hope to set and hear about more of these FKKTs. Enjoy !
Link to my official 14ers.com trip report : https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=20519

Trip Map

Map/list of all the peaks that I've "bagged".

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 13:34 Archived in USA Tagged me nature mountain race challenge 14er 2020 murktravels fkkt Comments (0)

2020 14ers - Elbert - Colorado USA

Mt Elbert

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Had a relaxing week of camping near Leadville, Colorado at a campsite near Turquoise Lake. On one of the days, we decided to hike up a nearby 14er. It happens to be the highest in Colorado, 2nd highest point in the lower 48 states for the US. And Prudence decided that she wanted to do it too.

Trip Map

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 15:42 Archived in USA Tagged me nature colorado mountain usa hike challenge 14er 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

2020 14ers - Sherman - Colorado USA

and Sheridan

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Time to start off the Colorado summer with some camping & 14er hiking.
Decided to find some dispersed camp sites in the woods near the east side of Mt Sherman. Had some delicious fire cooked supper and then got some sleep. A early wake up and short drive to the parking at the trail head was just after sunrise.

Then it was a quick hike up some rocks and snow to the saddle between Sherman and next door neighbor Mt Sheridan (a 13er). We hit the peak of Sherman, celebrated and decided to extend the day by going over the Sheridan. It was a very cool experience. There was no one else on the mountain (unlike the packed Sherman) and there was a journal in a water proof container that we got to add our names to. There was a huge wind break built out of rocks on the top, and on one of the sides, there was a window of sorts that looked back towards Mt Sheridan.

Got to slide down some snow and make our own path down the rocks on the way down.

Trip Map

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 15:33 Archived in USA Tagged me nature mountain usa hike challenge 14er 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

Arches National Park - Utah USA

Moab camping

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It was hot !
Like it only got down to 80 at night. And the clear sky allowed the sun to blaze during the day for 100+ degree days.
However that definitely added to the environment. The other worldly landscape that is Arches and Canyonlands national parks in eastern Utah (and a bit of the Colorado National Monument in western Colorado) is what I image a remote desolate trip to Mars would be like.

We took the 4Runner way off road to find a campsite by a dry river bed but with some large cottonwood trees to provide some shade and cover. Through the extended weekend, we also took the 4Runner on some rocky back roads to explore the challenging driving conditions that make the Moab area such a destination for off roading enthusiasts. Even taking "easier" paths with my limited off roading experience, we still got to experience driving on narrow ledges with hundreds of feet of drop off just past the tires, and some slick rock chunks that couldn't even be considered a road. That absolutely needed 4WD low speed and even got a tire off the ground for some 3-wheel driving.

The first day in the park was spent near the entrance. There is basically one main road in the park that goes out and comes back through the entrance. The closest hikes are for park avenue, Lasal mountain overlook, and courthouse towers view. A little further and about half way along the main park road is one of the most popular stops. It includes Balanced Rock and then two shorter hiking paths (less than a mile). One goes to Double Arch and one loops around the North and South windows arches. To complete the day, we also went to the next stop to go on a hike (about 2 miles) to see the well known and photographed Delicate Arch. After an afternoon nap in the heat, we also headed back into the park to catch the sunset from different viewpoints and behind different rock formations.

The second day was completely spent at the farthest point of the park. There you can start a long hike for the Devils Garden trail. It's about 10 miles for the full experience and provides well over a dozen arches and unique rock landscapes. Near there is where the only main campground is within the park (there are a couple back country tent sites) and that provides access to a few other small hikes to additional arches.

Overall, this is one of the most unique national parks in the world with an environment unlike anything you will normally see. Highly recommended.

Recommend:

  • Devil's Garden trail
  • Delicate Arch
  • Double Arch
  • the Windows

Trip Map

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 09:12 Archived in USA Tagged landscapes nature mountain utah usa nationalparks 2020 Comments (0)

2018 hiking - Colorado USA

... mostly Colorado

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overview / intro

Some more of the places I ran or hiked in 2018:

  • Bergen Peak
  • Colorado Trail - section 2
  • Grand Lake
  • Horsetooth Falls
  • Lair o' the Bear
  • Lake Jasper
  • Mt Galbraith
  • Mt Falcon
  • Red Rocks
  • Reynolds Park / Eagle View
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Walker Ranch

or read in more detail about Ultra runs , Longs Peak , Mt Bierstadt

Pictures

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Horsetooth, near Ft Collins
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Walker Ranch, near Boulder
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Colorado Trail
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Black Canyon, near Gunnison
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Lake Jasper, near Nederland
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Lair O the Bear, near Morrison
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Posted by MurkTravels 16:19 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado mountain usa hike denver nationalparks 2018 Comments (0)

Ragnars and Grand Traverse 2018 - Colorado and Carolinas USA

distance running races and training

sunny 90 °F
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Races

Some of the individual and team based ultra runs I did over the summer:

Chase the Sun training run - June:

  • on summer solstice, tried to run the entire day from sunrise to sunset
  • group of 5
  • ~ 7 mile looped course near Boulder, CO
  • made about 27 miles and 6 hours

Colorado Ragnar trail - June:

  • around Snowmass, Colorado
  • team of 4, each running 6 times
  • course of 116 miles, mostly off-road dirt trails that looped around one main site
  • I completed about 28 miles
  • team ran for 24 hours
  • camped overnight
  • high of 95, low of 35

Colorado Ragnar road - August:

  • from Copper Mountain to Aspen, Colorado
  • team of 10, each running from 3 to 6 times
  • course of 190 miles, mostly paved roads or sidewalks
  • I completed about 27 miles
  • team ran for 30 hours
  • rode in vans between runs
  • I had the flu the entire weekend

South Carolina Ragnar trail - October:

  • around Fort Mill (near Charlotte NC)
  • team of 6, each running 3 to 5 times
  • course of 132 miles, mostly off-road dirt trails through the woods
  • I completed around 28 miles
  • team ran for about 28 hours
  • camped overnight
  • high humidity and "low" of about 75 overnight

the North Face Grand Traverse - September:

  • the one long solo race I did.
  • Part of a 3 part series (run, mountain bike, cross country ski) throughout the year on the same course
  • from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado
  • distance of 41 miles
  • 7,000 feet of elevation gain and descent
  • almost 10 hours of moving time
  • video : https://www.relive.cc/view/1812896250

the Discrete Cirque Series - August:

Pictures

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Grand Traverse
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Posted by MurkTravels 17:33 Archived in USA Tagged nature colorado mountain run race camping challenge southcarolina nationalparks 2018 northcarolina Comments (0)

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