Re: [hr100] River crossings
- Wowie-Zowie y'all!!!!!
We're having communal intercourse!!!!!!!
I'm so excited. I *just this minute* concluded MAJOR telephony surgery. I'm like totally dumping my present-and-completely-incompetent McLeodUSA outfit. I am now considered a "win-back" (wet-back? river deep and mountain high?) to AT&T. Yay me!
But... the actual change of all my e-addys won't take place till after Barkley. Which is... whoa... yet another place near and dear to Blake Wood's heart and just chock full of RAGING RIVER CROSSINGS, eh? Although not so much now with the all-new chills and terrors provided by the goody-1-1/2-shoes environmentalists' newly mangled course. Here's a question I have for them: Just which exactly extensive patches of thorns and sawbriars are you wanting to conserve?
Here's a similar question once asked of the BLM, USFS, and other reigning authorities that demanded course changes at Hardrock: So, like, how exactly can you tell whether it's a relatively small group of humans once a year trampling down some of your rare exotic alpine flora--and not the ten thousand stampeding elk herds that thunder over all that precious scenery every single DAY???
Question for everybody else: Hey, just who are we preserving all this for if NOBODY EVER gets to see it???
Is there now, or has there ever been, a more conscientious group of conservationists than us Hardrock 100 runners?
I dare y'all: just try once to drop a MoJo Bar wrapper on the ground during a trailmarking lunch break. The entire rest of the crew will KILL YOU on the spot if you don't "pack it out" properly.
Wow. Have you noticed how I'm rambling? I must be excited, maybe orgasmic. I'm getting a whole new lease on life today. Plus--This Just In--a brand-new Caboose Prize is being offered for finishing in last place!!! Gosh. Now I guess I'll have to try to get in next year!
Lastly, these quick comments:
Thanks to my heroine Jennifer, we now know the name of that RAGING TORRENT by Sherman: Cottonwood Creek. But in case you didn't pick up on it, we were just kidding about it being a "raging torrent." It was actually pretty easy to choose wading though that as opposed to "tight-roping" the log. One slip off that slimy sucker and you were HURT. Big time!
Thanks to my (also Barkley) buddy Bill Losey who wrote...
"What would a true Hardrocker do in this situation? That would be a good blog or story well worth reading. 'How I finished the Hardrock 100 with dry feet' I am sure that the Troubadour would be glad to add commentary, tongue in cheek of course."
...and who now gives me fresh opportunity to drive y'all nuts.
HOW I FINISHED THE HARDROCK 100 WITH DRY FEET
by Yours Troubly
Here is precisely how: Even though Mineral Creek is, what, only about a mile or so from the finish in the CCW direction, I was moving soooooooooooo agonizingly slowly by that time that it must've taken probably three hours--in that dry mountain air--to get to the gym. By that time, the only thing wet on me were tear ducts.
But this reminds me of a story I can't resist yakkin' atcha. Once when I was doin' trail work for Charlie to qualify my ass for the Wasatch Front 100 later that summer, I had to cross Mineral Creek BEFORE the rope was strung. And, trust me, with 100,000 gpm melting snow runoff, that Mineral really was a RAGING RIVER! So, best thing I could think of was using my shovel to act as a cane for support as I inched my way across. Talk about "hurling"!!! That raging torrent swept that shovel out from under me at 80 miles per hour and drove the sucker a half-mile downstream! Now... let's talk about millimetering my way across! Well, to make a long tedious story only slightly less longer than I'd otherwise like to treat Bill with, it took me all morning just to get all of me plus shovel across that damn creek! Which, uh, now accounts for why I didn't get much trail work done that day.
But Charlie signed my form and Wasatch let me in anyway. And, BTW, there's not a lot of stream crossings at Wasatch, which is why you'll wanna get your fill at Hardrock.
To quote my buddy Bill again: "Suffering is just a part of this run. Spend more time enjoying the ride." [Which if you're as lucky as I was last year, Rodger Wrublik will give ya--in the front seat of his Jeep! :-]
PS: Deb Pero is THE BEST "lobby beautification renovation" that I have ever EVER seen inside the Wyman. You cannot believe the improvement over what used to sit there!!!!
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- I should be bringing up the rear at Hardrock and will be happy to do my best
to hurl any runners across any raging rivers. Or at least half way across...
BTW I did finish (sort of) with dry socks last year. The secret was to leave
them in my drawer in Florida.
--- bill losey <ultra100@...> wrote:
> I would suggest that when you get to any river crossing, you wait for the<<mailto:mark.a.mueller%40web.de>mark.a.mueller@...<mark.a.mueller%40web.de>
> runner behind you, then politely ask he/she to hurl you across. Would this
> be considered muling? If they question your motives or request, ask them
> this question. What would a true Hardrocker do in this situation? That
> would be a good blog or story well worth reading. "How I finished the
> Hardrock 100 with dry feet" I am sure that the Troubadour would be glad to
> add commentary.
> tongue in cheek of course.
> Enjoy the mountains they are awesome. Embrace Silverton cuz it is a great
> town. Don't spend much time worrying about the details. Suffering is just
> a part of this run. Spend more time enjoying the ride.
> Best of luck and congrats on your up and coming finish.
> sure would love some pics of runners hurling each other over stream
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Deb Pero <mtnrunner02@...>
> >Sent: Mar 21, 2007 9:34 AM
> >To: email@example.com
> >Subject: Re: [hr100] River crossings
> >oh, darn, I was going to tell him we all don wetsuits before the river
> >I do remember crossing the Uncompaghre one year, it was just shortly after
> >dark, and the water was chest deep on me.... I had my flashlight in my
> >to keep it dry, and hanging on to the rope for dear life.
> >Very "refreshing". And I had just put on dry socks and shoes. (silly me).
> >On 3/20/07, Blake Wood and Rebecca Clark <bpwrlc@...> wrote:
> >> But Mineral Creek could be up to your crotch, depending on the runoff
> >> status on race day. It was like that year before last. Nevertheless, not
> >> difficult if you hang onto the rope.
> >> In this year's direction, you'll only be a couple miles from the finish
> >> when you cross Mineral Creek, so even if you fall and go completely under
> >> you won't be too bad off.
> >> - Blake
> >> At 11:12 AM 3/20/2007 -0700, you wrote:
> >> >The deepest rivers are about up to your knees. This would be S. Mineral
> >> creek and there is a rope across.
> >> >
> >> >-- Matt Mahoney, <mailto:matmahoney% <matmahoney%25>40yahoo.com>
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> >> >Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 12:08:31 PM
> >> >Subject: [hr100] River crossings
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> >> >Hello everybody,
> >> >
> >> >yesterday I started to include rivercrossings into by running training.
> >> >After a few steps I was in waist deep water. In, what I thought, shallow
> >> river.
> >> >
> >> >How deep are the rivers we have to cross at Hardrock?
> >> >And are there ropes across like in Leadville?
> >> >Do the runners pack all there stuff in zip lock bags?
> >> >( At least I had useless dripping wet gloves and a hat :-)
> >> >
> >> >Markus
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