This is how we do it in the Midwest
I think it's ironic that its sponsored by the American Lung Association.
They would never sponsor an event like Hardrock - pulmonary edema is bad
for your lungs.
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From: Steve Pero [mailto:ultrastevep@...
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 8:34 AM
Subject: [hr100] Hardrock training. eastern style
Thought some of you may be interested in seeing how we here in the east
train for Hardrock. As you all know, training for this run is a year
venture and we're always thinking of Hardrock no matter what we are
Like...How will this help us in July. Well, we're both on the wait list
always hopeful so will continually seeking the perfect training run for
day in July.
What: Mt. Washington hike up/sled down. over 6,000 feet. Temps were in
20's. Wind chill? Who knows. It was darn cold.
One of Sue Johnston's hiking friends (only now he's an ultrarunner too)
been doing a Mt. Washington hike the Saturday after Thanksgiving for
20 years now. We've done it a couple of times, and now that we're
hope to make it every year. It sure beats Christmas shopping! This
the gang carried sleds up, and hit the auto road for a wild ride down.
there are no guard rails on the auto road. Watch for turns, and be sure
This was a heck of alot of fun. The hiking was superb, and conditions
actually quite good. Near the summit, it was close to white-out
but we did see some sunshine during the day. Spectacular.
There had been an avalanche that killed two climbers and injured 5
the day before on Tuckerman's Ravine, where folks do the extreme skiing.
You will see Tuck's Ravine in the pictures, but we went up the trail for
short while, then hooked onto Lion's Head toward the summit.
These pics might give you a feel for winter hiking in the whites.
Steve and I had not done the sledding part before, and, rookies that we
were, brought inflatable tubes (complete with hand pump- you should've
the looks on the faces of some German hikers who, like us, holed up
the summit building up top when we got them out of our packs!) . The
provided a very soft cushioned ride - but unfortunately, the hard ice at
beginning did some damage, and before we made it down all the way, our
were flat! We had to finish by running down (in hiking boots no less.!)
We don't know everyone's name in the group, so not everyone is
but check out the link if you would like to see the photos.
The best way to view is "view slideshow".
Hope to see you all in Late June...
Deb and Steve
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