Summary: 2 loop course of 26k. The course is characterized by loads of vertical gain and loss through technical and physically demanding terrain. Most of the course is above tree-line. The course will contain steep slabs of rock, potential snow slopes, scree and exposure. Trekking poles are allowed and encouraged, although they must be carried the entire length of the route. Traction devices such as MicroSpikes are allowed and race organizers will have hand lines installed where needed due to snow patches and/or steep talus.
Lessons Learned from Race Reports
- Easy to get off course, even where the course is marked
- Long traverses through snow fields with steep pitches, which poles are helpful for on the downhills, especially with glissading
- With a lot of snow cover, the entire race feels all out because you’re putting forth so much effort on every section
Total gain/loss: 10,500/10,500
Total climbs: ~10
Longest climb: From miles 3-5.5 and 18.5-21 about 1250 feet of gain
Steepest climb: From miles 8.2-9.2 and 23.8-25 about 1250 of gain
Total aid stations: 5 total
Furthest distance apart: 6.9 miles (twice)
Locations: Miles 6.9, 13.4, 16.7, 23.6, 30.1
What’s available: Aid stations will be stocked with Clif products, including Organic Energy Food, Clif Bloks and Clif Shot. Will also have Tailwind, Bogg’s Trail Butter, water, ice, PB&J sandwiches, fresh fruit, candy, chips, trail mix, and more, such as S-Caps! and anti-chafe goods from Squirrel’s Nut Butter.
Furthest distance apart: Access at the start/finish line, which is also mile 16.7, and tram passes will be available for spectators to access the upper portion of the mountain.