The ridgeline we will run soon...
Packet pickup and Squirrel Nut Butter stacking.
Just before 5am.
First stop at Digmore Mine with David Emerson.
Nice gates crisscross the fence...presuming to hop between states?
First of many amazing vistas from the Divide, looking into Idaho.
The trail continues upward in morning light.
Wild Buckwheat, little balls of yellow light the way.
The sun rises.
The single creek crossing of the entire race, this one flowing to Montana.
Almost to Goat Mountain AS amidst the lush Lupine flowers.
Descending just a little into Idaho side.
Can't complain about some easy running and shady cloud cover.
Clark's Nutcracker, many of them in these trees up here talking.
First snow patch of the day!
Vivid red cone faces me off on a turn.
I catch Jim Skaggs (who directs the Buffalo Run) get an adjustment from Andrea Martinez.
Wild Blue Flax in its own little defined patch.
Clouds are dissipating and it heats up on the climbs.
Lemhi Pass in sight, start of the 55k. The race really begins...
Lemhi Pass AS.
A glorious bowl of watermelon. Photo: AS volunteer.
Common Bitterroot of Lewis and Clark fame. The only place I saw it blooming.
Lemhi Pass. Photo: Andrea Martinez
Flashback of wildflower two track two years ago, but much later in the day.
Arnica patch appears as I tuck into the trees.
Warm Springs Road AS, hosted by the enthusiastic Salmon XC team.
Some nice single track at 8300', but feeling the heat.
Day Doughman and Jeremy Palmer (from Finland!) soak up the shade at Cutout AS.
More cool rootstocks appear as the elevation increases.
Higher and higher, rockier and rockier.
Lakes and blue sky in Montana.
Looking back on the long climb up into the clouds.
Thunderstorm rolling in.