Week of April 18 - 24

Andrew Drummond skiing Airplane Gully April 21, 2016.

Mild week! A cold and a couple travel days thrown in meant that my activity level would be down but I'm fine with that. I've been operating at full throttle for for the past month and it didn't surprise me that I came down with a cold (on the summit of Mt. Clay Thursday the symptoms surfaced). Anyway, it was a sign to tone things down for a couple days and rest up.

I was still able to accomplish a few things this week though. The first was an excellent track workout on Tuesday. Double J and I did 5 x 1 mile and although it was windy out I was able to hit my 5:30 goal pace with 400m recovery. I'd love to run these faster, somewhere in the teens, but that will come with more training. For where I'm at now I'll gladly take those and move on.

Second, I had a great run / hike with Tristan Williams up on the Southern Presidentials on Wednesday. The goal was to collect photos & video capturing a moonrise. Turns out everything was perfect but the moonrise was just a little too early to really pop. We still got amazing shots and the video came out great for a run and gun:

And lastly, I met up with Brian MacIlvain, Ed Warren, and eventually joined by Gabe Flanders for a tour in the Great Gulf. When I was there last Sunday I had my eye set on Pipeline Gully and that was the mission for the day. We hiked up the Cog and warmed up on Airplane Gully then Turkey Shoot. After scouting the Pipeline from the Base we decided to bootpack back up Airplane and hike over to the top to assess the conditions. It was perfect with a few choke / rock points visible below before the final ice bulge. It was wider than expected and we were able to make nice medium radius turns down, regrouping at each of the choke points. We checked out another run further north but there wasn't enough snow to give it a go. Instead, we took a final lap down Airplane and called it a day. 

I spent Friday getting prepped for our trip to Alaska. Hilary really wanted to go to AK with her week off in April so we made it happen. It's a fair amount of travel but not too bad. We stayed with a friend down in Portsmouth so that our 5:30am bus to Boston the next morning wasn't TOO bad. Saturday we traveled through Denver and made it to Alaska at 3pm. Sunday we organized gear, got a much needed run in on the Anchorage trails and were off to Talkeetna! More on that AK trip next week...

Run: 24.1 mi / 1,447' (Track work & a couple easy runs)
Backcountry: 7'057' (Great Gulf)
Hike: 14.1 mi / 4,974' (Half run / Half Hike)