Looking East on the drive up state highway 87; the forecast called for rain - it doesn't look like it right now...
The sun starting to rise, a beautiful view
Karen Barrigan, Paul Bonnet and Eric Burr. We parked at the cattle corral which is a little over a mile up the road from the 'Mount Ord' exit sign, roughly mile marker 223. Other folks started at the North end, roughly mile marker 228
Start climbing (a recurring theme throughout the day...)
Looking back at the vehicles
Catching up to the earlier starters (though Laura parked at the 'Y' and ran down to the highway first, so she's actually ahead)
Paul Bonnet, passing me (he started about 5 minutes after I did and passed me within the first mile)
I finally caught up with Don Meyer, who is ebullient about being here
Looking West toward the Mazatzals
Just don't see this kind of scenery in the city
Hills, hills, hills
Laura's aid station at the 'Y', turn left to go down to the North side or right to go to the summit. Cliff Anderson, Ed Jelmberg, Eric Burr. Laura helping Toni Vaughan and Annette Howard
On the road just before the summit (the first time up)
The summit is just around the bend up ahead, Cliff and Ed lead the way
Karen at the summit (the first time)
On the bottom, at the North end, where everyone else started (and they only did 1 up and down trip...)
Jamil, Dressed like Krupicka, flying down the trail, thinking of the descents down Dives-Little Giant, Cataract Gulch, Bear Creek into Ouray, etc.
Eric Burr descending. He showed me his GPS watch and said he was going to turn around when he hit a certain mileage - I told him to forget the GPS and just go all the way to the bottom and back; he is training for a Grand Canyon double, after all...
Toni Vaughan and Annette Howard
Mark Cosmas, member of the Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team http://www.wasatchspeedgoat.com/wasatch-speed-goats-2009/, and one of the original WMRC members wmrcphoenix.blogspot.com
Paul Norberg, just after he passed me on the way down
Melissa Masteller, smiling as always
The tower on the top of Mt Ord, the second time up...
I was suprised to see Karen going up for a second summit, Laura had told me that she decided to go short - good for her for hanging tough!
Leaving the aid station (Laura's truck) at the 'Y' for the last time, headed down hill toward 87, then to turn around and go back uphill to the corral (and my vehicle) to finish.
More scenery, scrub trees which haven't leafed out yet and hillsides full of plants that have...and non-threatening clouds
There's the highway, on the right of the photo, still a few hundred feet, and a couple of miles, to descend.
Looking just to the right of the last photo, highway visible on the left
Driving back down the hill after finishing, I saw this, and it looked like a statue!