Since I had never been on the section of course between Governor Basin and Viginius Pass in the day light, I decide that this would be a good hike to streatch my legs before the race. I also wanted to see what the snow conditions looked like. This stream crossing is right after the governor basin aid station.
Looking up stream
Scott and Rod were out from Haiwii to pace their friend Doug. So they came along to experience some of the course.
The route follows a jeep road for a while. The begininning was totally snow free.
Working up to the junction of Governor Basin and Sydney Basin.
You can still avoid the snow.
The first real snow section. The snow was in excellent shape.
Rod and Scott getting their snow feet.
There are several section of snow while going across the road.
Old mining structure.
More snow sections on the jeep road traverse. Lots of good tracks through the snow.
Looking at the snow on the climb to the bench below the pass.
There is an excellent path up the right side. Very well defined steps.
Rod and Scott with Sneffels in the background.
You can see the great steps cut in the snow.
Can finally see the top of the pass.
Some of the course marking flags were having issues. I reset the ones that sunk into the snow.
The final stretch to the pass. The steps diagonal in from right to left.
Again the snow was in great shape. Soft but not too soft to posthole.
Right near the top the snow got too soft.
On the pass.
Looking down the route into Telluride. Still some snow to traverse across on this side.
Bridal Veil Falls and the basin above.
Beak Creek above Telluride.
Rod and Scott on top of the pass. This was their highest elevation to date!
Looking at the mountains West of Telluride.
On the way down.
Wild Flowers are out.
We got back to the car just as it began to storm.