Dawn brings the trail to Stack Rock into focus.
Stack Rock still looks rather far away after some opening miles.
Morning has broken.
Trails amidst mountains just above Boise.
Last sandy climb out of the Stack Rock trails to Bogus Basin resort.
While refueling at the ~17 mile AS, the 10 milers begin. Ole and Kim among them.
Kim is warming up already.
View of Stack Rock and the valley as we start around the mountain (ATM trail).
Fortunately smoke from the Pioneer fire lay low below us.
The AMT AS crew ready to keep runners moving!
Photo: Bill Rupp
AS perched in a high open meadow.
Markers and berries lead the way around, with More's mountain ahead.
Asters in bloom.
Smoke does add a little layering to the photo landscape.
Nancy on AMT.
Hints of the Pioneer AS ahead.
The Big Lebowski serves pretzels, and White Russians on request.
The right sign to begin the winding switchbacks of Morningstar.
Looking down Morningstar, and up Deer Point.
Mike and Randy out for their own run as I start "lap 2".
Caught up to Tony, my old poker partner.
Deer Point as seen from The Face trail.
Heading up to the highest point on the course, Shafer Butte.
Ande works the course with grit and vigor.
At the top! Photo: Medical volunteer.
Late summer on Elk Meadows trail is still grand.
I thought I saw more than running shoes on the trail...
Return one more time to Pioneer via Brewer's Byway (just below The Face trail).
Any of us could indeed...
One last climb up Shinig to keep it interesting.
All the way across Deer Pointe, chasing mountain bikes.
Midday light and shadow in the trees.
The finish line finally getting closer.
But more switchbacks to come!
Final steps. Photo: Dondi
Reprise. Photo: Dondi
A nice clean race. Photo: Dondi
Nancy already recovered. Photo: Dondi
Tony finishes about 20 minutes later. Photo: Dondi
Battle wounds from the last mile. Photo: Dondi
Still smiling. Photo: Dondi
Finish faces? Photo: Dondi