Our group of 10 convened in Moab on Friday afternoon and drove out to the Island in the Sky visitors center to obtain our reserved permit for the Labryinth Camp. We found out they had a cancellation for Saturday night at the Gooseberry Camp, also on the rim and ~40 miles from Labryinth. Running the ~40 miles with optional out-and-back side adventures sounded great so we scored that permit too. Now, to fit 10 people and all their camping gear into our two support vehicles that would drive the rim...
It was tough but with David's cramming skillz, we got it done.
But first, we took in the scenery looking towards Moab and the La Sals
We opted to do the loop counter-clockwise and drove down the Mineral Bottom road. We stayed on the road but these cars hadn't.
For my climbing friends, take a look at that splitter that goes all the way up. Even some OW in the middle!
Driving the road along the Green River heading towards the Labryinth Camp
At camp Allison poses on this sandstone diving board
Our camp at Labryinth A. A nice, open, flat camping area with a view of the Green River
That night we were treated to quite a sunset
Our group for the trip. L to R...Me, Matt, Mom, Allison, Tom, David, Blake, Brian, Paul and Bill
We all started running from our camp at Labryinth around 7:00am. Allison ran for the first six miles here.
The air temps in these little valleys like this were very chilly. Quite surprising. Otherwise, it was a nice, warm morning. It would later approach 80 degrees.
Allison tops out on the first major climb of the day, Potato Bottom to Hardscrabble.
Great light and view of Green River
At the top of Hardscrabble we opted to run a short out and back of roughly 3 miles to Fort Bottom. Bill, Brian and David lead the way.
The light on the ridges across the river made for some cool shadows
Blake runs the rim above the Green River
Down at Fort Bottom. A fort at the bottom. Ha.
The Indian Watchtower is an impressive stone formation out on a butte with a grand view
Paul running the trail back up from Fort Bottom
Back on the White Rim Road, Blake cruises into the Hardscrabble descent
The start of THE White Rim above the Green River
Tom and Blake
Mobile aid stations are rad. Mom and Matt each drove one of the SUVs and met us at pre-determined stops along the way. Here we're refueling at Candlestick camp.
Obviously we're not hauling ass but rather, just enjoying the day and scenery.
The Beist and the Candlestick
Another mobile aid station. With an Xterra and a Pathfinder we were Team Nissan
A short climb up a ridge before Murhpy Hogback. The White Rim is becoming very apparent. The Candlestick formation looms in the background. My IT band issue was starting to get sore here so I stopped here at mile 27 for a bit.
White Rim action!
Brian, Bill and David finishing off the Muphy Hogback climb
Matt and Mom, our excellent crew, enjoying the view from Murphy Hogback
Wild standing rock formations that seem to defy gravity
White Crack is a short out-and-back to the rim's point overlooking the confluence of the Green River and the Colorado River
The crew awaiting the runners at White Crack. This was mile ~40 for the runners running the whole thing and another 8 miles from the day's ending point, Gooseberry Camp.
David pushes ahead from White Crack towards Gooseberry. It was near 80 degrees by now. Getting warm.
Paul cruising into White Crack. He was the only one to also run the out and back to White Crack proper.
Blake cruising into White Crack
Allison and I started running again from White Crack towards Gooseberry while Paul was doing the out and back at White Crack. The other runners were ahead of us here.
Allison is exhuberant to have run 10 miles for the day
Cool colors with the alkaline soil and red flowers
At Gooseberry camp by 5:30pm with plenty of day left to clean up and enjoy the evening. I ended up running 34 miles, Paul ran 51 miles and everyone else ran ~48 miles. A very fun day.
Dirty legs and feet
Blake enjoys the evening light
The snow-capped La Sals set against the stark, dark foreground was cool
Sunday morning a few of us drove out the remaining ~30 bumpy miles while Bill, Blake, Brian and David hiked up the Gooseberry Trail to the Grand View highway up top. These formations are Monster Tower and Washer Woman (with the arch, look closely)
A group photo on the precarious-looking Musselman Arch
Get off that damn thing, it'll break!
Herbie Goes White Rim
Finishing the dirt road driving for the weekend with an ascent up the Schafer Trail