939Re: [hr100] Sunlight 50K Results
- Jun 29, 2004Hi Matt,
Nice writeup !
See you at HR100.
--- Matt Mahoney <matmahoney@...> wrote:
> Sunlight 50K: 1 starter, 0 finishers. The speed
> record still stands at
> Nobody else showed up at the Purgatory trailhead on
> Friday evening so I
> went by myself. I climbed Windom under mostly sunny
> skies, but turned back
> on Sunlight about 50 ft below the summit in a
> snowstorm. I did not attempt
> Eolus. My splits were:
> 12:41 AM, Purgatory TH, 8800 ft.
> 2:12 AM, Animas river, 4.6 mi, 7700 ft.
> 4:00 AM, Needle Creek TH, 11.3 mi, 8300 ft.
> 6:20 AM, Top of Chicago Basin, 15 mi, about 11,000
> 9:14 AM, Windom, 16-17 mi, 14087 ft.
> 11:10 AM, below Sunlight, 17-18 mi, about 14,000 ft.
> 1:00 PM, Chicago Basin
> 2:24 PM, Needle Creek TH
> 6:19 PM, return to Purgatory, about 32-34 miles.
> The route is described at
> It was in the 40's and partly cloudy at the start
> with no moon. The first
> 15 miles of trail was easy, but skirted within
> inches of some 300 ft.
> cliffs where I could point my flashlight down and
> see treetops. The nest
> 1/2 mile climbed 1000 ft to Twin Lakes at about
> 12,000 ft. There are many
> side trails that dead end, one of which I took by
> mistake, so I bushwacked
> up through willows and occasional class 3 slabs to
> the right of the
> waterfall. The lakes were frozen and the basin was
> filled with hard packed
> snow. Since I was closest to Windom, I climbed it
> first. This was a 30
> degree snow climb, which I could walk up without an
> ice axe in my Walsh
> fell running shoes even though the snow was frozen
> solid. The final ridge
> to the summit was mostly dry class 3 scrambling over
> huge boulders with
> occasional patches of ice and exposed snow.
> I descended to the high basin across snow and
> traversed left up the mostly
> dry face of Sunlight to meet up with a steep class
> 2+ trail as dark clouds
> gathered. The final 50 ft. was class 4 and it was
> here that pellet snow
> started falling and I heard distant thunder. I
> descended by the quickest
> way down, which involved glissading on snow up to 45
> deg. where an ice axe
> would have helped. But since I didn't have one, the
> only way to stop was
> to hit the rocks at the bottom with my feet out.
> Below 13,000 ft. the snow
> had softened and I was postholing. Below treeline
> the snow turned to rain
> which continued off and on for the next 4 hours.
> I don't plan to attempt this again this year, so if
> anyone wants to attempt
> the speed record, let me know and I will post a trip
> report on my web page.
> If you do go, the campground has been torn down but
> the trailhead is still
> open. (I just parked my van there and slept for 3
> hours before the run).
> I suggest choosing better weather. I plan to stay
> in the Leadville hostel
> and climb a couple 14ers, run the marathon on
> Saturday, then go to
> Silverton for the 10K on Sunday and Hardrock next
> -- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
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