|Lars (R) with cousin Kyler (L) starting out the trip as all good trip should...with ice cream.|
|A painful view from camp with the unfinished portion of the La Sal Traverse visible|
|The boy, his momma, a little chair, and a big tower|
|Which way to camp? I took a picture almost just like this one a number of years ago after being introduced to Castle Valley by a good friend, Andy Carmen. Exchange Lars for Jason and it would be nearly identical.|
|While making breakfast, the sun rose such that we caught a nice tower eclipse of the sun.|
En route, the canyon walls must have screwed with the GPS signal as I broke a world record in the mile. I put it up on Strava and even created a segment. For those unfamiliar, Strava.com is an online resource to record training, be it running, cycling, or skiing. It keeps track of distance, pace, vertical ascent per hour and a ton of other parameters. It's most unique feature however, is the ability to create segments from your GPS track, name them, and then keep a public record of everyone that travels over that same track. For example, in Salt Lake, the west side of Grandeur Peak has become quite the test piece for those wanting to go up hill fast. Many segments have been created but a couple start from the parking lot and follow the trail to the summit. Everyone that has done this and uploaded their data to Strava is now ranked and it's easy to compare how fast each person went through every step of the way. I realize this is just another way for people to spray about how good they are at stuff but it sure does flame the fire of some friendly competition. As I type, I wouldn't doubt it if Tom Goth is out trying to take down the speedy Burke Swindlehurst on the fastest known Grandeur time. But Burke's incredible 41:13 (1511 VAM) is still to date the fastest Strava time up this steep trail. Unfortunately, the rumor of Jared Campbell's sub 40 minute effort up Grandeur doesn't count because it's not on Strava. Nor does Jason's 42:30 or my 45:XX...everyone know's that if it's not on Strava, it's not legit.
So join up (Jason). Seeing my buddies do impressive things is really motivating. And, in return, it's fun trying to break personal bests or improve on a friend's time and I think it makes us all better.
BTW, I have no affiliation with this stupid website...