The Hardrock Rock. This is the start and finish of the run.
New Mexico Flag. They attempted to get each runners state or country flag.
Dale, Blake, and Charlie getting ready to start the prerace briefing.
Another shot of the finish area.
Race morning at the gym.
Kris, Charlie, and myself.
David showing proper running style.
I am still all smiles at this point.
The first of many climbs.
Brett and David going up the first climb of the days.
Climbing the jeep road into Little Giant Basin.
View along the climb.
Nice early morning sun.
Runners making thier way up to the saddle below Little Giant Peak.
Looking down into Little Giant Basin.
Almost to the saddle.
Long line of runners.
Video at the top of Little Giant.
A runner (Erich) crossing Cunningham Creek in route to the Cunningham Aid station.
Coming into the Cunningham Aid station.
Getting across the creek.
David at the aid station.
Crew hanging out at the aid station.
Kris coming into Cunningham.
Terry at the Cunningham Aid station.
Looking back at Little Giant Peak. The course descends to the right of the water fall.
Video of depature from the Cunningham Aid station.
Looking up Cunningham Gulch on the climb up Green Mountain.
Climbing up Green Mountain with Cummingham Gulch in the backgound. You can see across the valley where we descended from Little Giant.
Runners making their way up Green Mountain.
Last view of what we just came down before the Cunningham Aid Station
High lush valley. Green Mountain is on the left. The course cuts left at the far end of the valley.
Trail Marker. Not lost yet!
Climbing up the shoulder of Green Mountain.
Look back at the way I just came.
Lots of runners making their way up.
Awesome views of the Grendiers are to be had!
Windy Conditions on Green Mountain
Continuing up the shoulder of Green Mountain.
After Stony Pass, climbing up the side of Canby Mountain.
Getting close to the top.
Leaving the Maggie Gulch Aid Station.
The climb out of Maggie Gulch Aid Station on the way to the Pole Creek/Maggie Gulch Pass.
On the Continental Divide. Now a quick run down to the Pole Creek Aid station.
On the CDT decending to Pole Creek.
Descending the Pole Creek drainage
Looking back up valley.
Shortly after leaving the Pole Creek Aid station. The course goes straight on the CDT.
Still on the CDT going towards the Pole Creek/Cataract Gulch Pass.
Climbing towards the Pole Creek / Cataract Gulch Saddle.
There was a luch valley along the trail.
Pole Creek/Cataract Gulch Saddle.
At the saddle.
Down to Sherman. I ran the rest of this, so there was no time for photos, Next stop Sherman.
Coming into the Sherman Aid Station.
Changing shoes and socks.
Me and Annette
David at the Sherman Aid station.
Dylan, Patty, and Jason hanging out at Sherman.
Kris coming into Sherman.
Tom at Sherman.
Climbing up the Cinnamon Pass Road to Burrows Park.
First view of Handies Peak. The weather was getting cloudy with some sprinkles and rumbles of thunder.
First view of Handies.
Getting higher towards Handies. The course went up Grizzly Gulch.
Handies. The trail gains the ridge to the right of the peak and then basically follows the sky line to the summit.
Climbing up Handies. There was several bands of rain on the cimb up Handies. Luckily there was very little thunder.
Just as I was climbing up the last part of Handies, the rain passed by and the sun came out to reveal an awesome rainbow.
It got better.
And better. What a treat to see!
Rainbow on Handies
Philippe checking out the rainbow on the final steps to the top of Handies.
View from the top of Handies
David arrives at Grouse Gulch.
There was a lot of action at Grouse Gulch.
Me approaching Grouse Gulch Aid Station.
Coming into the aid station.
I am not sure what I am saying, but everyone seems to be interested!
Dan and myself leaving the aid station. Dan would pace me from Grouse Gulch to Telluride.
On the way up to Engineer Pass.
View along the Engineer Pass Road.
My stomach was not feeling too well at this point, so I gave the camera to Dan. He took a ton of pictures.
Slowly making my way up, trying not to throw up.
Dan making video on the way up to Engineer Pass.
Turns out the veiws with the setting sun were pretty nice. I was feeling too bad to really pay attention.
Nice light. Awesome views.
Almost to the top. Just follow the road to the left and then there is just one more little climb.
Dan was still taking pictures.
A little closer now.
Top of Engineer Pass Road.
David getting into Ouray. Jason assessing the situation.
Turns out all David wanted to do is sleep. Luckily he got his wife on the phone and she told him to leave now!
My arrival into Ouray.
Dan getting ready for a long night.
Dan and myself leaving Ouray. We made pretty good time over to Telluride.
Feeling pretty tired in Telluride. It is now around 4:30 am.
Dan happy to be done pacing and Jeff excited to start. Jeff went from Telluride to the finish with me.
Me and Jeff leaving Telluride. More pictures from Jeff of the second day to be posted soon.
Taking a break in Telluride. Dylan is trying to get what I thought was a rock out of the bottom of my shoe. It turns out that there was a small stick that had got totally through the shoe and into the removable foot pad. Luckily it was not any longer. (Photo Credit - Jeff Kunkle. All photos after this was taken by Jeff)
Heading up the Wasatch trail out of Telluride
Trail along Bear Creek
Looking back down. We are now following the East Fork of Beak Creek.
Nice views along the trail.
Getting close to the Wasatch Saddle.
Just after the Wasatch Saddle. The course goes across the snow to Oscars Pass (low point on right side of photo) from here.
View from the top of Oscars Pass. The course goes up the major drainage across the valley to the top whcih is Grant-Swamp Pass. The Chapman Aid station can also been seen as the white dot just to the right of the base of the major drainage across the valley.
Close up of Grant-Swamp Pass. (The pass just left of center).
Working down the switchbacks towards the Chapman Aid station. This section was not fun to run becuase parts of the trail/jeep road were covered with large loose rocks.
Another view of Grant-Swamp Pass.
I think that this is US Grants Peak. It is just to the right of the Grant-Swamp Pass.
Past Chapman Aid Station and hiking up to Grant-Swamp Pass.
The tempurature was getting warm out. We had just decended that mountain in the background.
Not a lot of shade on this trail. And the clouds just kept missing the sun.
Taking a breather.
The course goes up the dirt patches to the saddle. This section is steep and loose. Not that fun to go up.
But once you are at the top, the views are awesome! Looking into upper Ice Lakes Basin.
I am almost there
Island Lake with Fuller Peak, Vermilion Peak, and Golden Horn Knob in the background.
Absolutely amazing place.
One last shot of Island Lake.
Crossing Ice Lakes Stream on the way to the Kam Traverse.
This is just after the KT Aid Station. Crossing the South Fork of Mineral Creek.
The last climb of the race on the way to the Porcupine-Cataract Saddle.
Crossing Mineral Creek. Silvertion is less than 2 miles away!
In Silverton. The finish is just around the corner.
Coming down the finish chute.
I made it. Finished in 30th place with a time of 35:50:10.
Jeff and Miles. Thanks for pacing Jeff and taking the great pictures.