|Above Eldorado Canyon, CO|
|Heading up out of Boulder (L-R: Geoff, Gill, Frannie)|
|One climb done, heading up Green Mt next (L-R: Scott, Gill, Frannie and Geoff)|
|Halfway up Green Mt, CO|
|Gill at the top of Green Mt|
|Scott on the top of Green Mt with a decent view of multiple 14ers|
|Imagine that on your doorstep, right by Boulder|
|Gill and Scott on Green Mt|
|UROCers heading back down Green Mt|
Anyway, I had a blast even though I struggled to keep up in their home territory. I can see why so many fast runners live around the area and how they get so good at running in the mountains - if I had that on my doorstep I'd be out there most days too. Luckily I now have Bend's mountains so I can do my own smaller version with less altitude but still with some 3,000ft+ climbs straight up. Speaking of which, I went up Mt Bachelor twice a few days before the trip to Colorado before the first snowfall of the year, which felt tough (2,700ft in about 2 miles, peaking at 9,100ft).
I also love fast running and roads, but being out in these kinds of places with such genuinely friendly and relaxed company is just plain inspiring. Bring on the snow and the snow shoes!
The photos below are around Bend, mainly from the hikes up Bachelor last week.