Scooter Trash

Clint_Devil's

We awoke early the next day and cooked up a hearty breakfast of oats with brown sugar and eggs. Our coffee was stronger than usual and still barely digestible. Our rations were slimming and our water would barely last the day. This would be our last day of climbing at Devil’s Head. We searched for a a cliff with more difficult climbing. We found a gem of a cliff with strong routes up at the … Continue reading

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Jungle Mountaineering

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We decided to break even on some 5.10 climbing (Yosemite Decimal System grade given to climbs of certain difficulty). We set our eyes on a three pitch climb up a south facing cliff titled Jungle Mountaineering. I really enjoy climbing at a new location everyday. Rob & I used our expertise in balance on a particularly tricky section of bee and flower patch to get to this cliff. You could hear the garden humming with energy … Continue reading

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Weakest Day at Devil’s Head

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Today was our weakest day at Devil’s Head. I woke up with a splitting headache and a weak will to move about. Rob & I decided to go to a new area so I ramped up some enthusiasm and got working on the morning oats. Our guidebook lacks apparent scale so we stumbled down a switch-backing trail into a valley of aspens. The wind was stifled by the trees and the temperature rose rapidly. The … Continue reading

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Shadows on the Face of the Devil

Scrambling_Devil's

I pitched my nylon hovel next to Rob’s at mile marker 10 on Rampart Range Road. This haven, south of Denver, can see heavy recreation use and the campground pullouts every two miles are evidence of that. From our perch on Devil’s Head mountain we could see as far as the hot day ozone would allow. The heat glossed the air miles in front of us and every consecutive range took a darker and less … Continue reading

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No Sympathy for the Devil

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Nothing bothered our morning, not a curious bear, mountain lion, or enraged landowner. Our breakfast consisted of oats which rivaled construction grade cement but they were glorious for we were tired and deserving of them. We were weary, sun burnt, and determined to make it to the top of Devil’s Head (9,800 feet). Rob & I had pushed hard the day before. As coastal inhabitants it was fascinating to strive so hard in such rarified … Continue reading

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The Hardest Climb – Part Two

Jarre_Canyon

Rob & I got to the steep part. We found inclines so steep and regular that our busy legs burned out trying to spin our lowest gears. I felt like a Volkswagen bus in both weight and power. Our bikes perform wildly at slow speeds. They are easily spilt over when there is no forward momentum – these rigs pull themselves to the ground. Many times we were forced to pedal slower than the pace … Continue reading

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The Hardest Climb – Part One

Rob_Cycling_Denver

Our goal for the day was Devil’s Head in Pike National Forest. We anticipated a full first day of 50 miles, all up hill, with a total elevation gain of 4,000 feet. Our bikes were heavily laden with camping gear, a week’s worth of food, and a heavy arrangement of ropes, carabiners, and cams (of the old rigid stem variety). My bike weighed more than me. Rob and I stood foolhardy beside our rigs as … Continue reading

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Hosted in Denver

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Rob & I arrived tired in Denver. We had a place to stay and we would meet Bob & Denise for the first time. We hurriedly knocked on the door and waited for them to answer. They welcomed us with comfortable beds, food, and showers. We intend to stay here for a day and a half to get ready for our big haul. I found Bob & Denise through the Northeastern University Outdoor Club Alumni network and … Continue reading

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Corolla to Colorado

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Rob & I left Mansfield, MA early on Tuesday. We wedged ourselves into the Corolla after making small cavities in the touring gear we piled in the night before. We had everything we needed: two bikes, two trailers, fully dressed racks and panniers, and our entire arsenal of ropes, carabiners, and cams for Colorado rock. In preparation, I reached out to members of a few adventure email lists and I was soon connected to someone in … Continue reading

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Adventure and Science

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Throughout our Colorado journey Rob & I will be partnering with Bozeman, Montana non-profit group Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation (ASC) to collect valuable ecological data for scientific initiatives and reports. I can remember sitting down to read the cover article of Wend magazine’s Across the Andes featuring Gregg Treinish and Deia Schlosberg. I devoured the story and followed their progress. It was exhilarating to follow their path on the internet and through their photography. Gregg has since been named … Continue reading

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