An average day for La Sportiva athlete Anton Krupicka means tagging four peaks over 15 miles in RMNP.
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For Boulder (CO) local and La Sportiva athlete Anton Krupicka, moving in the mountains is just a way of life. While grander objectives give the mountain athlete cause to travel, most of his time is spent scouting and running circuits in Boulder's backyard, and other Colorado alpine destinations like Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Touting it as his "favorite alpine loop in the whole state," one of his recent cirques combines "the most technical portions of the super-classic Glacier Gorge Traverse but with the added initial challenge of the aesthetic Spearhead-Chiefshead enchainment. The rock is generally very solid by alpine standards and the position can't be beat. With the 5-mile approach run, the mid-outing summit of Longs Peak, and the 6-mile egress, this route requires an engaging mix of alpine skills that I find most satisfying."
Here's a play-by-play video recap of a Anton using La Sportiva's Mutant Mountain Running® shoe for a mix of alpine running, climbing and scrambling in RMNP's Glacier Gorge; "a link-up of Spearhead's North Ridge, Chiefshead's Central Rib, Pagoda's West Ridge, and Longs' Soutwest Ridge makes a logical 15-mile loop of true alpine running from Bear Lake in RMNP, with difficulties up to 5.7 and extensive 3rd and 4th Class terrain."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANTON KRUPICKA is a member of the La Sportiva Mountain Running® Team.
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