--- "William E. Rideg" <wmez@...
> Hi All,
> I would like to hear about the final 25
It is hell. If it takes you 30 hours to get to
Telluride (75 miles), expect it to take the remaining
18 hours to finish.
My biggest problem in '98 was that I could no longer
think clearly on my second sleepless night, and kept
getting lost. I lost an hour trying to find the trail
up Grant-Swamp pass. On the other side it got dark
and the markers were extremely difficult to find in
the trackless tundra fields afterwards. I had to stop
at each flag, and scan my flashlight to find the next
one. I missed the turnoff from Ice Lake trail and
descended a horrible 45-degree wooded slope guided
only by the sound of the waterfall where I knew I had
to cross. I found it, then missed the river crossing
after the KT aid station by 1/4 mile, but a volunteer
ran after me and turned me around. Finally after more
scanning for flags on the 13,000 ft. plateau under a
full moon and temps in the 20's at 2AM, I saw no more
flags, and wandered aimlessly until sunrise, so I had
a 51:38 DNF. I had no idea where I was even though I
hiked exactly the same course a week earlier knowing
full well that this would be the spot I would most
likely get lost. It looks completely different in the
-- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
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