Lots of fireweed.
Hard to beat this kind of course marking! Photo: Dondi
Monkeyflower, only near water.
Taking the tram to Hidden Peak for a course preview.
View from the highest point on the course, Mt. Baldy, looking back to Hidden Peak.
A pika ignoring us, looking at the view.
Wildflowers against Sinner's Pass, on the course tomorrow. Photo: Dondi
Finishing a little warm-up for race day. Mineral Basin in the background.
From the tram the last big climb up the ridge is visible.
Runners all cheerful before the course hits us. At 8000' here. Photo: Michelle Anderson.
Some of the best ultrarunners in the world at the start.
Ryan and Brian are ready.
Opening miles are steep, rocky road with lots of competition. Ryan in blue.
Karl the race director likes to make sure the race deserves its name.
Single track where our way up is painfully visible.
Switchbacks up talus, fun footing.
Quick self portrait. Hidden Peak (~11k feet) visible on the upper left.
Descending into a sea of wildflowers in Mineral Basin.
Runners switchback below me.
The infamous Mary Ellen Gulch. An old riverbed for all practical purposes.
Pacific Mine aid station, halfway point. Now below 8000'.
Rocky road and huge aspens up, up, and up out of Pacific Mine.
The only vehicle on the road...
Back up to Sinner's Pass through wildflowers.
The big peaks greet us again.
Larry's Hole aid station, complete with horses.
Pure goat trail, all up and relentless.
At the top of Mt. Baldy, 11,000'.
Tunnel aid station, to get to the Snowbird side.
A serious change of scenery.
After a ridiculous amount of descent, it's time to climb back up to Hidden Peak on this ridge.
Everyone is enjoying it. Note the runner in green shorts is wearing huarches!
All downhill from here, back through the talus switchbacks.
Ryan finishes about 35 minutes ahead of me. Photo: Dondi.
Even the moose plans to beat me. Photo: Dondi.
Still running. Photo: Dondi.
Karl Meltzer greets most finishers. Photo: Dondi.
Top 3 women. Stephanie took first in the final couple of miles.