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Training Log Archive: Swampfox

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Sunday Sep 22 #


After some map work at Sugar Hill, I went for an adventure run in the SE part of the national forest. Part of the run traversed an area I'd run through before--but a while back. Maybe a long while back. Since then, many beetle trees have toppled over, and much of the area was drabbade by a giant mastication machine. I'm not really sure what the objective of the mastication is, or even if there is genuine belief that something positive will be achieved. It has seemed weird to me before, and it remains so. Especially doing this thinning after the beetles have already done such a good job...

There were large areas of young, waist high aspens coming up. That surprised me, since the general trend for some years has been that of established aspen groves dying off and in some cases virtually disappearing. One theory: the ground has been sprayed with bacon grease. Some tout bacon as the cure for all that ails, but I have never heard of it used for this kind of an application before. However, it appears to have been quite successful.

At one point while I was looking more at the ground than my surroundings, I glanced up and was startled to see a quite large bull moose quite near. I guess I was lucky it was (apparently) not feeling aggressive because it could have easily have closed the gap without my being aware of it until too late. Its antlers had a wingspan that would make a Division 1 basketball coach salivate.

The other part of the run took me through an area that was entirely new to me. It was very strong granite terrain--world class, actually. Even a quick KP map of this area would make for some really impressive orienteering. It does require lidar though, and lidar coming to Wyoming might be only another one of those things that will only happen when hell freezes over.

My good deed for the run was finding and bringing back one of those awful mylar balloon things. They should have a $500 deposit on them. Maybe more.

By the time I was finishing, it was halfway between darkness and dark.

Friday Sep 20 #


Got the last bit of the very detailed north ridge area at McKechnie done, and now will switch back to resume work on Sugar Hill. Several sprinkles came through while I was working, trying to foil my plans, but it was too little, too late for the Weather Gods this time.

Ran afterwards, checking out the re-route/new mtn bike trail of the Aspen Trail. Or maybe it's Upper Aspen--I've never really been clear about how the aspen Loops are named.

Thursday Sep 19 #


O' at Devil's Claw. Beautiful, crisp morning with perfect running conditions. And all the hills that were there before were still there today, making for a proper feeling. Much of the so-called "white" on the map has become increasingly shaky, due to unpredictable amounts of fallen beetle kill trees. Running around and sticking to the yellow areas when possible usually seemed like the better choice.

Monday Sep 16 #


O' at Pelican Bay, temps in the 70s, mostly overcast with a light breeze--very comfortable running. Took on a fair bit of sage; it seems by now a lot of it would have been beaten down by all the running, but it is all but impervious to anything less than nuclear devastation. Lots of cows were out, so I took full advantage of that. The cattle trucks have started to roll, flying down the highway at 80+ mph when they are empty and headed west, and very sluggish as they crawl up the Laramie Range when they are full of cattle and headed east. I don't know where they go--maybe Greeley?

Probably Greeley.

Anyway, sooner rather than later the trucks will be picking up the cows on our maps, and then it will be a quieter place, and less prone to dusty stampedes also.

One control gave me a problem as I headed into the ring and ended up on a dot knoll I couldn't place, but I could tell it wasn't the knoll I was intended for. At length I discerned the dot knoll was probably underneath the control ring and therefore hidden away, which proved to be the case once I got back home and could inspect the blank map.

Didn't see any archers, but that doesn't mean they weren't out there. Also didn't see any deer or elk, but that also doesn't mean they weren't out there. I was probably just thrown off by the hidden dot knoll.

Legs were only so-so, but still good enough for a decent pace.

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