Wednesday, August 28, 2019

First Ascents on Baffin Island : Jacob Cook + Bargiel to Ski Everest - No Oxygen + La Plata Peak, East La Plata, CO +

Jacob Cook : First Ascents - New Lines and Old on Baffin Island - from Rock and Ice Magazine
Bargiel to ski Everest without supplemental oxygen - from
La Plata Peak, East La Plata - Colorado - Trip report with pictures from Bob Burd's website -- Jacob Cook : First Ascents - New Lines and Old on Baffin Island  --  Bargiel to ski Everest without supplental oxygen

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--  La Plata Pk, East La Plata in Colorado

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I don’t usually run in the mountains but when I do, it’s a marathon...very close to it. Although I shouldn’t have started the day with a 20oz Americano - part of my usual pre work ritual doesn’t work for long runs, who would have thought! Well I actually didn’t plan to jog, but decided to at the trailhead. Aside from hydration/nutrition fail (I brought a banana and half of a protein bar), a pretty good day. Started at 8:42am from Mineral King trailhead (7,800 feet)and decided to keep jogging for as long as Slipknot’s album kept playing, then some more and ended up on top of Vandever Mountain (11,947 feet)at 10:47am, then dropped back down, found my pack covered in bees, fought them off, traversed to Florence Peak and enjoyed my cramps on the 12,432 foot summit at 11:56. Back at the car at 2:11pm. There was a good amount of elevation gain (about 6,000’ I imagine) and my watch showed a distance of just under 26 miles for the round trip. I wonder what would be a cutoff time for self supported (carry own food and water) trail marathon with a good amount of elevation gain/loss? Is 5 hours 33 mins an ok time? Last time I ran was in winter so I don’t know much about running but if I ever want to do the Rae lakes loop in a day without a knee surgery right after, I should do a few longer humps in the mountains. Today it was not all trail though, some horrible choss crawling up a loose slope and a bit of 3rd class scrambling too, but mostly trail. At least 30mins was spent stretching, getting water, enjoying summit views, so I bet I could have had a lower time, but results are better form of feedback vs wishful thinking. Happy to get these 2 SPS peaks before the end of summer but sure as hell will climb like crap in the gym tomorrow. I should call in sick to work and play with my cat instead too. (Joke)


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