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Anton Krupicka - Day in the Life

Anton Krupicka runs the morning after an upslope winter storm that had dumped over a foot and a half of fresh snow

It was the morning after an upslope winter storm that had dumped over a foot and a half of fresh snow

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The run on this particular day was from my doorstep in downtown Boulder, Colorado up to Chautauqua Park, and then up and over Green Mountain and down Bear Canyon, returning to Chautauqua and town via the classic Mesa Trail. This is a very standard mountain loop here in Boulder, but on this particular day it was the morning after a fruitful upslope winter storm that had dumped over a foot and a half of fresh snow on everything.

Normally, when I get out in the Flatirons it's to actually climb and scramble, linking together several of the rock formations in an outing. However, after a big storm like this, it's a challenge to merely make it to the top of the mountain and the primary objective becomes to just get out, experience the fresh beauty, and hopefully get a few first tracks, breaking trail before the rest of Boulder's extremely active population motivates.

Anton Krupicka starts running from downtown Boulder, Colorado before sunrise

A pre-dawn start from downtown Boulder, Colorado is rewarded with getting to catch the sunrise on the east-facing Flatirons.

Anton Krupicka runs through a snowy Chautauqua meadow above Boulder, Colorado

Chautauqua meadow offers an expansive view of dawn's nascent glow over the city.

Anton Krupicka says that an early winter start often means trail breaking

An early start often necessitates some trail breaking.

Anton Krupicka gains elevation quickly in the Flatirons with well-traveled switchbacks

Well-traveled switchbacks gain elevation quickly in the Flatirons.

Boulder's iconic Third Flatiron is a popular climb and scramble, but today serves only as a breathtaking backdrop for Anton Krupicka's winter run

Boulder's iconic Third Flatiron is a popular climb and scramble, but today serves only as a breathtaking backdrop.

Anton Krupicka uses trekking poles to aid in deep snow up on Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado

High on Green Mountain the route steepens and poles often become useful in such deep conditions.

Anton Krupicka descends Bear Canyon

The backside of the loop descends Bear Canyon.

Anton Krupicka takes the Mesa Trail back to downtown Boulder

The classic Mesa Trail provides the way back to Chautauqua and downtown Boulder.

Anton Krupicka runs through snowy Chautauqua with the iconic Flatirons in the background

Anton's winter running kit:

• La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Mountain Running® Shoes
Hobnails
• La Sportiva men's Stratosphere Hoody
• La Sportiva men's Astro Pant
• La Sportiva Storm Fighter 2.0 GTX Jacket

Photos: © Fredrik Marmsater

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anton Krupicka Anton Krupicka is a member of the La Sportiva Mountain Running® Team.

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2/8/2016 11:22 AM
Posted in Running By Anton Krupicka

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