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Anton Krupicka - Video Glacier Gorge Cirque

For La Sportiva athlete Anton Krupicka moving in the mountains isn't about training, but a way of life

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."  

Route Breakdown

•Start & End Point: Bear Lake Parking (Rocky Mountain National Park, CO)
 
•Spearhead (12,575') via the "North Ridge" 
 
•Chiefshead (13,579′) via "Central Rib" 
 
•Pagoda (13,497') via the "West Ridge" 
 
•Longs (14,259′) via the "Southwest Ridge" 
 
•Distance: 14.3 miles
 
•Elevation Gain: 7,362 feet
 
•Elapsed Time: 6:06:40
 
 
Check in with Anton Krupicka on Instagram to see regular updates on how he's getting outside. 
 
Distance, time and elevation data provided by Strava
 
Preview Photo: © Damiano Levati
 
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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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8/18/2017 8:16 AM
Posted in Climbing Running By Team Sportiva

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Anton K

posted on 9/5/2017 9:49 AM
Hi Gary,

There are a number of shoes in the La Sportiva product line that I think would perfectly suit the demands of the Camino de Santiago. I personally think that one of the running shoes---say, the Akyra or Ultra Raptor, or even something lighter---would be more appropriate and comfortable than a stiff approach shoe like the Boulder X. These shoes are more cushioned (better for repeated days of many kilometers) but still have sticky rubber for confidence on technical footing.

AK

Gary

posted on 9/4/2017 9:49 PM
Hi Anton,

I use la Sportiva Boulder shoes twice and use it daily as well as for running and cross country (nothing too strenuous) and enjoy the product immensely

I wonder if you could give me an honest advice if any of la Sportiva shoes is recommendable for a 30-35 day constant hike at an average of 25 km/ day.

I am going to walk the Camino de Santiago next September 2018 (I start in St Jean de Pied de Port-France to Santiago-Spain approximately 780 km altogether)

I cross the Pyrenees at the start and in between are some (2-3) stiff climbs to a 1300-1500 altitude

I am not sure if my Boulder X shoes will do the job...
Any thoughts from you ior any if your ambassadors, are appreciated!

Cheers
Gary Ong

La Sportiva

posted on 8/24/2017 9:16 AM
Hi Dermot,

Sorry to hear you could not view the video, but this may be due to the security settings on your computer, as we have not heard this concern from other viewers. Please check your Adobe Flash Player and Browser security settings. This may help: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/no-video-display-flash-player.html.

Thanks and good luck!

Dermot

posted on 8/23/2017 7:40 PM
Can't see the video - it says it's restricted and must be approved?
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