https://youtu.be/CRRlRjSo1hg Citadel ˈsidədl,ˈsidəˌdel/ noun: 1. a fortress that commands a city and is used in the control of the inhabitants and in defense during attack or siege. 2. any strongly fortified place; stronghold. When used in storybook writings and folklore, citadel is bound to provoke imagery of a hilltop castle, skies of fire, and [...]
They said if I think I can make it, Mayqueen knows and can get communications out to search and rescue. Ashton bundled his pack up with extra food and warm clothes, and I threw on a pair of tights. I may be beat up, even broken, but I’d be damned if I was going to quit while laying on a cot in the comfort of a fireside sleeping bag.
My adventure from Leadville to the near-top-of-the-USA, to Mt. Hope, and back down. https://www.strava.com/activities/1054423222 I started heading up Mt. Elbert at 4:15am from the Halfmoon trailhead in Leadville, CO. There was a refreshing chill in the air, a contrast that I welcomed compared to the near-one hundred degree stretch the Denver area had experienced that [...]
By Brandon Yonke IG@brandon_yonke_running Watch the adventure: Quandary Peak in 4K https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qJBWRrFWEs As the new year approached, I knew I wanted to start the year up in thin air. I had freshly acquired a zero degree sleeping bag that needed to be broken in; my urge to be in the mountains remains regardless of the [...]
"How do you feel?” I asked. His reply was straightforward and agreeable. “It’s hot.” The only response I could think to say in that rocky, barren landscape, completely absent of shade, was “Welcome to Hell.” I looked down at my watch to see it reading 98 degrees, which, assuming accuracy, had broken the day’s all time high by four degrees. There was still 50 more miles.
I thought to myself, okay is a relative term. By most standards, probably not. In this situation at this time of night, certainly not. I replied “you know, I’m in the mountains, which is perfect, but my hopes of hitching a ride back to the top of the pass have been shattered…”
We both wound our way through the sandy, dried river bed and back to the road, burning out our last energy reserves as the race grew ever closer to the finish. Reaching the road felt so good, but also was the longest two miles of the race. It made me realize how much everything hurt, and on the other hand, just how far I had come.