Wow Deb, thanks for your rapid and lengthy response.
I'm working on getting the guide book and a map of the
trails in the area. Looks like there are plenty of
options. Obviously I hope to see as much of the course
as I can to help with navigation on race day. And just
spend as much time at altitude as I can.
Thanks again, and look forward to catching up when I
get over there.
--- Deb Pero <mtnrunner02@...
> Hi Andy,
> congrats on getting into the run!! It's an amazing
> experience for sure.
> You'll probably get lots of advice here, but here
> are a couple of
> things to get you started:
> There is free camping on the BLM land all around
> Silverton. Some areas
> where folks camp frequently are near the river on
> the way to Mineral
> Creek Campground (another place to camp which has
> pit toilets and
> reserved (paid) campsites), and a little further out
> of town on Molas
> Pass. But just about anywhere on the public land is
> okay to pitch your tent.
> One thing that many folks do is hike sections of the
> course after it has
> been marked. These sections are usually about 8-13
> miles in length, and
> are a good way to both preview the course and
> acclimate. Course marking
> takes place two weeks prior to the run, and you
> could probably find some
> other folks in town to go with, as there are lots of
> runners going out.
> That's true of other hikes in the area as well.
> You could also plan on hiking some of the 14'ers in
> the general
> vicinity. Get Gerry Roach's book
> _Colorado Fourteeners_ for detailed descriptions of
> each peak, routes,
> maps to get there, etc. Some easier hikes (in terms
> of getting to
> trailheads, and the trail itself) would be around
> Leadville, Co. -
> Elbert, Massive, Yale, Sherman, and others. While
> you're near Leadville
> camp at HalfMoon campground for easy access to many
> of these peaks or
> treat yourself to a stay at the Leadville Hostel.
> Some 14'ers closer to
> Silverton (but still a drive) would be Sunshine,
> Redcloud, and Handies
> (part of the race). Also, there are hikes right out
> of town... many
> folks simply walk up the jeep road to the top of
> Kendall mountain,(a
> 13'er) and there are also some worthy hikes up
> Sultan, Storm and Anvil
> right from town. These are all ways for you to get
> some altitude. If
> you can rent a 4WD jeep or other off road vehicle,
> it increases your
> ability to get to some of the trailheads.
> The Silverton Visitor Center might have info on
> other camping/hiking
> options, and will probably also have maps of the
> area, or these can be
> purchased in town.
> Good luck with your training, and we'll look forward
> to being
> entertained by your Austrailian accent when you
> arrive in town!
> deb pero
> Andy Hewat wrote:
> > Hi, I'm coming from Australia (sea level) to do HR
> > plan to arrive about three weeks early to hike as
> > of the course as possible. While I can find heaps
> > about the actual race, I'm looking for any
> > about hiking and camping in the area as part of my
> > acclimatization and familiarization. Can anyone
> > me in the right direction?
> > Cheers, Andy.
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