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Re: [hr100] Sunlight 50K Results

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  • rock cogar
    Hi Matt, Nice writeup ! See you at HR100. Rock.
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 29, 2004
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      Hi Matt,

      Nice writeup !

      See you at HR100.

      Rock.

      --- Matt Mahoney <matmahoney@...> wrote:
      > Sunlight 50K: 1 starter, 0 finishers. The speed
      > record still stands at
      > 22:03.
      >
      > 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
      > ft.
      > 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
      > http://mattmahoney.net/sunlight/
      > 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
      > week.
      >
      >
      > =====
      > -- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
      >
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