Funny story about Green Mountain. The summer of 2009 Cory and I met working at camp. After camp was finished we did a 6-day backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain NP with his sister and one of our friends. Then we visited Cory's Uncle Roger and Aunt Brenda who live in Boulder. Roger took us for an early morning hike up Green Mountain and he warned us that we would be ascending around 1000 feet per mile. Cory also took me aside and warned me that Roger would be super fast and that it would be fine if I didn't want to do the hike. I understood that Roger is a crazy athletic man (he's about to finish off all of the 13ers and 14ers) but I wasn't about to be shown up by a man in his late 50s.
We began the hike and I soon realized that I would need to be jogging to keep up with Roger's hiking pace. I was humbled. I didn't want to be the one slowing the group down and so I decided to turn around. Fortunately at this point, our friend Matthew let me know that he was feeling sick. Matthew's illness was also a funny story. Matthew didn't want to spend money on eating out and so he decided to buy some bologna and white bread at Target. Unfortunately he kept the bologna in the hot car and after a few days of consuming warm, processed meat he was out of commission. Matthew never cuts out of an adventure so we knew something was really wrong.
Anyway, only Cory's sister made it to the top with Roger that day. I keep trying to convince her to run some longer trail races because she is super human. Watch out for Kristen Linfield some day.