Bill Rupp and Paul Lindauer.
RD Ben Blessing warms up.
Starting line. Photo: Dondi
First stretch of singletrack.
Yes, there are rocks.
First summit. Devil's Bedstead in view, 9500'.
Looking back up Kane Creek.
Crossing Kane Creek after the first aid station.
Aid station #1.
Starting the second climb.
Striking a pose. Photo: Christie Ebenroth.
Morning trail light.
Well up towards the second summit.
Summit saddle in view.
Vicki Trees starts the main switchbacks, far below.
Self portrait looking back down the valley, 9900'.
Boulder Lake cirque.
The fun trail getting down.
Looking up Wildhorse canyon.
Coming into Fall Creek aid station. Photo: Dondi
The power of pickles! Photo: Dondi
Fall aspen color on the trail towards Standhope.
The valley slowly comes into view with fall color.
The trail upward.
Paul Lind takes on the rocky switchbacks.
Teaser mountain meadow.
A sign of dubious accuracy. Dave McKinnon ahead.
Surprise Valley at last. Dave McKinnon and I.
I can't quite reach the sides. Photo: Dave McKinnnon
Unnamed lake below the pass, with Dave and Jenn.
Up into the talus.
Looking back down Surprise Valley, Jenn Edwards right behind me.
Frank Aldana and Wayne Rancourt descend quickly.
Surprise Valley from the pass, 11,000'.
The hardy, cheerful volunteers at the Betty Lake station. Their horse at upper right.
Betty Lake. Photo: station volunteer.
Back up to Goat Lake.
Last little bit.
Descending to Goat Lake, Dave and Jenn barely in view.