Wednesday, August 28, 2013

IMTUF 100: Countdown

IMTUF: T-minus 2 days. The 100 mile rig is fully equipped!  If you're not here on Friday, you're missing a good one.  Even I forget how good it is until I link huge chunks of it.  83 miles of running, marking and log trundling over the past 4 days.

Pushing through tons of game in every drainage.  September nears and the hills are coming alive.  Elk, wolves, deer, grouse....

and SWAMP DONKEYS!  Feast your eyes on this graceful beast.

005 from Jeremy Humphrey on Vimeo.

After IMTUF, it's into the woods with the bow, followed by some pacing duty at Wasatch, then maybe a jump over to a little race in Colorado.  "It's duck it's RABBIT season."

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First Half of August 2013

A day on Nick Peak with B
Nick Peak stands at 9100' and demands 4000' of climbing with 3000' of that off trail.  With a "no falls" chimney to cap it off, the peak is one of the best I have climbed in Idaho.  We raced a powerful storm approaching from the south.  B is in serious IMTUF100 training. 
She's ready.

Finally out of the 3000' vertical bushwhack.

Final granite spire.


Just below the left/north side of the "Nick" in the top.  It is the right side of the Nick that is the summit.
Summit scramble.
Lightning crashes, but the withered tree survives.
Summit ridge near Fitsum Summit.

Fitsum drainage.

I see the Nick!

Running with friends...

Matt, Katie, B and I above Box Lake on smoky day.  Fires in Boise have been sending smoke 100+ miles north to us.  meanwhile the Payette National Forest stands basically fire-less. 

18 year old McCall Keller on Fall Creek trail.  This kid can run- 4:24 mile, 1:59 800.  We have been running together the past 3 summers.  Great guy and an great friend.

McCall on the Crestline Trail.  His previous long run was 13.  We knocked out almost 19 miles with 5000' gain on this day.

McCall is 6'7".  Box peak is barely visible behind him.  Crestline Trail.

Another meadow below Box Peak.

McCall Climbs out from the Box Lake Cirque.

McCall on Boulder Peak- McCall Trailrunning Classic 40 Mile Course.

McCall at Louie Lake.

Brandi and Eva at Box Lake

Eva at Box Lake Pass.
Ok, which one is 15??? 
Eva contemplating her sophomore CC season?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Late July pics

Stay Vertical Cross Country Camp

Afternoon lecture and discussion, with a view.

Les, Caretaker of the Granite Mountain Lookout, gives the team a primer on spotting and reporting fires.

East Ridge of Granite Mountain.

North Face of Jughandle Mountain on the Louie Lake Loop.

Granite Lake trout fry nipping at our feet.

Crossing the Boulder Lake Dam.

Last day- Mexican food, a birthday celebration and pictures on Payette lake.

IMTUF 100 Course, Peaks, Adventure Running, Elk Scouting, etc.

Brandi scoots along the North Ridge of Slab Butte.

Cooling off at Louie Lake on a 90+F day.

B climbs toward Box Lake with Box peak in the background.

Black Lee Creek drainage below Box Lake.

Box Lake...7am.

Climbing to the Crestline Trail highpoint.


Crestline.  Meadow below Box Peak.

Climbing to Fall Creek Saddle.  Payette Lake and McCall below.

Fall Creek Summit.  Snowslide and Sawtooth peaks in the background.

Fall Creek descent is steep.  Here, B latches onto a small pine to keep from sliding out of control.

Storm Peak.  I ran from 20 Mile Trailhead to the 20 Mile Lakes in 1:01.  Previous PR was 1:11.  From the Lakes, it is a short but steep (.75 miles, 1400+ feet) off trail hike to Storm Peak.  The view is of South Loon Peak and the rugged Loon Creek drainage.  A huge granite wall looms in the foreground.  Looks like great climbing.

View from foreground to background.  20 Mile Lakes, 20 Mile Creek canyon, Crestline Trail peaks.

B, solo on Snowslide.

B, just below Lick Creek Summit.

B, Duck Lake.