|Inversion: a Sentinel treat.|
For 2013, I resolved to run Mount Sentinel at least once a week for the entire year. I can't say that it was a life changing experience, but I can say that it was my all-time favorite New Year's resolution and became an important part of my running routine. It got me out into the mountains, which is a highlight of any day.
The first few weeks of January were ridiculous. Cold, ice, snow, and plenty of falls highlighted the winter runs up the mountain. The snow melted and mud brought traction. There was rain. But improved conditioning came too and the mountain got a whole lot easier. Flowers bloomed. The heat of summer coincided with high miles and summer racing. I had Sentinel summits to spare. Fires brought smoke and a new challenge, but fire season quickly gave way to crisp fall air and glowing foliage. In November, snow returned and so did ice. The home stretch brought back cold air and more icy falls.
|Just another day.|
|University district aglow|
January 2: Sentinel. All snow, cold. Great views. Up Smokejumper, down the face. 9mi
January 9: Sentinel. Snow. Sloppy mess. Fell many times. 9mi
January 16: Sentinel. Valley inversion, warm on the mountain. Via fire road. 10mi
February 9: Sentinel. From home, up Crazy, down Smokejumper. Very icy and snowing hard. 19mi
March 19: Sentinel via Deer Creek loop. Muddy, snowpack trail, after work. 20mi.
March 21: Sentinel. Uphill cruising, downhill icy, windy, gropple. 9mi
May 21: Sentinel. Summited on way home from work. Thunderstorms. 12mi.
June 8: Pengelly Double Dip. With warm up and long cool down. 19mi.
August 22: Sentinel. Very smoky. 9mi.
September 18: Sentinel with Montana Trail Crew. 9mi.
October 12: AM Sentinel hike with Dad. PM Jumbo with Jeremy. 12mi.
|A favorite summit. My Dad--a lifelong runner who had to give up the sport after a pair of knee replacements--hiked it with me in October.|
December 30: Sentinel N & S summits with Jed via NW ridge. Lots of ice. 82nd Sentinel Summit of 2013. 7mi.
|Final ascent of 2013.|
|John Hart and Dean McGovern enjoying their lunch break|
|MTC Thursday group runs bring welcome company to an otherwise routine ascent.|
|Jed Rogers trying to stay upright|
|Brink Kuchenbrod ascending Smokejumper on a MTC Thursday group run.|