[hr100] Re: Another Rookie's Question
- --- "William E. Rideg" <wmez@...> wrote:
> Hi All,It is hell. If it takes you 30 hours to get to
> I would like to hear about the final 25
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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