Gathered at KT aid station, about to mark from there to the finish.
Waiting in line to cross south mineral creek
Jim Ballard walking across and Marty's son jubilant
It was a long slow day due to the deep snow
Chris Rios wasn't enjoying the snow, he's from S, Ca.
Deb, then Joyce Prusaitis, Joe Prusaitis and Beth Simpson.
Deb's showing a photo op she wanted me to take for potential painting fodder
Course marking team, with our dog Marley in the mix.
For a 7 month old dog, she did great and along with Gibbs, our other dog, is now a regular of the Hardrock course marking team.
This area is Porcupine gulch, maybe around mile 88-90 of the race.
Jim Campiformio of Ma.
Greg Trapp with Steve Peterson behind him
We had many people with us today
Paul Shoenlaub coming up an incredible snowfield leading into Putnam Basin.
Lots of snow this year
Some more of the team coming up the snowfield.
Directly in the background is the Kamm Traverse section of the run, cutting across that green section, seen as a small line going above the red cliffs.
Charlie leading the team up the snowfield
Time for a break...in the foreground in the black is Daniel from France, Jim Sweatt talking with Deb to the left, Elise Harrington standing to the right.
Deb moving on with Marley and Gibbs towards Putnam
Now in Putnam, team moving towards me
Charlie finding the best route to mark, most of us will be here late on day 2.
Gibbs and Marley were loving the Hardrock course!
Time for another break....this was a really long day.
Deb coming down off the high peak (12K+) into Putnam basin.
Whadaya know, another break! No wonder the day was so long!
Stopped at the Putnam Aid station location
Gerry Roach entertaining the troops
Back at the campsite, little Molas, up at 11K+.
The kids were tired and now all tangled up!
View from our campsite
We're now on day two, Sunday, heading up towards Grant Swamp Pass
Long climb up to near 13K today
Marley smells something good
Elise behind me
Gibbs waits up ahead for me
Elise and Paul and the rest of the team come up behind me.
Elise walking on a snow bridge above a river below
Lots of snow on this north side of GSP
Paul taking a breather
Rick Hodges leading the way
Billy was tired today after chasing after Dakota Jones on a training run yesterday
The big snowfield on the north side of GSP.
This could be a sheet of ice on race day for the back of the pack.
Deb coming up behind me
Paul directly ahead of me.
The dogs are wondering what the big deal is about the snow!
This snowfield was scary coming back down, one guy slipped behind me and almost went down into Island Lake.
Deb and Jim Sweatt making their way up the steep snowfield.
One last push to the pass.
Scree on top
The marking team in front of the Joel Zucker memorial
Billy Simpson and Rick Hodges climb up the spire up on GSP.
Billy, you're nuts!
For perspective, here's a zoomed out shot
Rick and I head down the scree of Grant Swamp Pass, the rest of the team turned around and headed back.
The zig zag you see just to the right of center is the road we'll be coming down from Oscar's Pass.
Rick's about to the bottom, so I start down
Now half way down, this is looking up from where I came.
Much steeper than it looks here.
I've gone to the bottom, where the snow was hip deep, now heading back up I look down at Rick about to do the same.
Marking team from the other side, coming up
A big bowl of snow, but it's melting fast and most of it could be gone by race day
James Varner leading the team up the scree.
Only way to climb this is on all fours.
James reached the top and said "This is what makes Hardrock not Leadville!