THE Hardrock. The thing you leave behind and try to get back to and give a kiss to finalize the whole deal.
Wednesday Morning Running Club (WMRC) members in the race this year: Mongo, Mark, Kirk and Nick in the Silverton gym before the race Notice Mark is on the Wasatch Speed Goat team!
Paul Grimm (the 'grim reaper' - best costume award from Javelina Jundred in 2006)
Pre-race -Steve Patillo, Deb Pero, Joe Prusaitis, Phil Kiddoo, Billy Simpson, Steve Pero, Tom Burrell, Olga Varmalova, and Paul Schoenlaub
Pre-race - blurry, and I didn't even have any coffee! Beth Simpson, Olga Varmalova, Teresa (John Prohira's pacer)
Pre-race - MikeSmith
Pre-race - Joe Prusaitis, Axel Reinsecker, Steve Patillo, Deb Pero and John Prohira
Pre-race - Howie Stern in the blue hooded sweatshirt
Pre-race - Rickie Redland-McManus, Michelle Schwartz, David Goldberg
Pre-race - Gary Knipling talking with Kristina Irvin
Liz Bauer and Scott Brockmeier on the first couple of miles out of town.
The sun is starting to rise!
Line of 'runners' on Nute Chute, before the dreaded crossing of Mineral Creek (sorry, I didn't take my camera out there!)
After crossing Mineral Creek, on the climb to Putnam basin
A blurry Michelle (she must have been approaching at rocket-speed to pass me) while climbing Putnam Basin
The trail turns from forest dirt to boulders...Paul Grimm in view
Back to dirt trail,
Looking back toward Silverton, and above tree line. Patty Bryant visible leading a line of runners.
See if you can see the runners (for scale)
In the meadow with the scenery from the previous photo
More of the same scenery
Rick Hodges ahead, nearing the top of the first climb
Rodger Wrublik catching up to me
Looking across the valley (before crossing South Mineral Creek) at the Kamm Traverse, the faint line across that steep slope (not as bad as it looks while you are on it, at least not for me...)
After the Ice Lake creek crossing on the way to Grant-Swamp Pass -Chris Twiggs pausing to recover from stomach issues
Grant-Swamp pass ahead
Getting closer to Grant-Swamp pass
On the top of Grant-Swamp pass, the Joel Zucker plaque (I placed a rock on the pile in his memory) with Island Lake in the background
Another 'runner' ascending the pass
If you look closely, you can see where we ascended, it doesn't look like as long of an ascent from here as it did from the bottom
Close-up view of the trail coming up
I get to the pass and didn't even notice this Mountain Goat until I realized it is what everybody up there was staring at...
Fred Ecks with the Mountain Goat on Grant-Swamp Pass
Mongo with the Mountain Goat on Grant-Swamp Pass
Chapman Gulch Aid Station, which was .4 miles further along the course this year (which was just fine since it was closer to the climb up Oscar's Pass)
Joe Prusaitis at Chapman
Steve Pero at Chapman
Fred Abramowitz helps Rick Hodges at Chapman
Climbing up Oscar's Pass, there were snow fields up higher that went across numerous switchbacks. Steve Pero just ahead
Looking back down the hill toward Chapman Aid Station
Almost to the top of Oscar's Pass
One final look back down the hill toward Chapman
Steve Pero and Greg Loomis. I spent a lot of time with these guys during the race (until Steve dropped me going up Bear Creek)
Linda VanTilborg from Phoenix working the Telluride Aid Station. I forgot to get a photo of anybody else here, there were many helpful folks! Mary Alice Bachani (from Tucson) and Jean-Jacques D'Aquin in the background, also helpful folks!
On the climb out of Telluride toward Medota Saddle; Mark Heaphy leaving me far behind.
Traversing Marshall Basin. Michelle and Liz following with Scott close behind
The last pitch up to Kroger's Canteen (formerly known as Virginius Pass - named in honor of Chuck Kroger, it's originator, who passed away from Pancreatic Cancer.) We owe Chuck a great deal for starting this Aid Station, as well as the fine folks who hike it in every year
One last look back across Marshall Basin, Craig Slagel, Liz and Scott
Last photo of the first day - the overhang section of Camp Bird road on the way down the hill into Ouray. See Olga's photo for what it looks like during the day: http://picasaweb.google.com/olgav100/HardrockCamp/photo#5222918568073081458
First photo of the second day - leaving Grouse Gulch Aid Station going up Grouse Gulch toward Handies Peak
Handies Peak from Grouse Gulch, just before getting to American Basin
Ascending from American Basin toward Handies. Craig Slagel, his pacer Flora, Liz and Scott close behind.
Further up Handies, though still a long way to climb...Liz and Scott just passed some day hikers on their way to the summit
Emptying my shoes - I didn't fit my new Inov-8 shoes for gaiters so I had a few more rocks in there more often...
Pole Creek Aid Station. The crew packs this one in a great distance and camps overnight (probably two nights with the course going in this direction)
The last photo I took during the race as I was concerned about cutoffs - the second sunset viewed from Green Mountain before the descent to Cunningham