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2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:09 pm

Ascending Thunder Pass, east of Thunder Mountain, is mightily unpleasant when snow free.

Descending University Pass is one of the most enjoyable bits of elevation losses I've experienced. Less than 15 minutes and you can practically boot ski 1000 feet down to the terrain below.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Ze » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:13 pm

Was nice meeting a bunch of really crazy, but nice people. Did technically "easy" ascents of Matterhorn and Morgan / Twelve Flags the first 2 days. Had to pass on the 3rd day as I blew up my ankle on the 2nd day descent as a large slab gave out under me. Scrambling down the rest of the way on one good leg was interesting. Thanks to those who hung out me as I hobbled down from Francis Lake!
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby WyomingSummits » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:24 am

Ze wrote:Was nice meeting a bunch of really crazy, but nice people. Did technically "easy" ascents of Matterhorn and Morgan / Twelve Flags the first 2 days. Had to pass on the 3rd day as I blew up my ankle on the 2nd day descent as a large slab gave out under me. Scrambling down the rest of the way on one good leg was interesting. Thanks to those who hung out me as I hobbled down from Francis Lake!

That sucks man. I do a lot of solo trips that are 20+ miles and the boulder fields freak me out for that very reason......you just never know when a boulder that looks solid will collapse and suck your leg into a hell hole. It's a long lonely slog out on one leg. Glad you had company! Not that they can help a lot, but it sure boosts morale! :)
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Vitaliy M. » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:46 am

Damn Bob, seems like you guys been doing a bunch of long days on this challenge...all the best to your bodies! Keep those machines going and get some good nutrition and rest!
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby mrchad9 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:40 am

Well done! No small accomplishment!
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby ScottHanson » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:58 am

"We were down to a core group of eight folks at the Taboose Pass TH for a 4am start."

Last man standing! Or maybe last woman standing! You guys rock!

I only have three questions. Where is Toxo? Where is Laura M? Is Eric a bionic man?

Greetings from the old northwest guy. WOW!
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Mark M » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:15 am

Bob Burd wrote:Day 6 - Mt. Ickes
After Day 5, Pat was the leader in the... Green (over 50yrs) jerseys....


You need to check her birth certificate. She should be counted in the under 25 group. :)
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby toxo » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:47 pm

ScottHanson wrote:"We were down to a core group of eight folks at the Taboose Pass TH for a 4am start."

Last man standing! Or maybe last woman standing! You guys rock!

I only have three questions. Where is Toxo? Where is Laura M? Is Eric a bionic man?

Greetings from the old northwest guy. WOW!


Toxo has been back to work for the last couple of days.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Vitaliy M. » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:15 pm

Reading about this event gives me dark thoughts of a massive day...hope my body can handle it.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby orbitor » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:27 pm

ScottHanson wrote:Is Eric a bionic man?


Having done multiple trips with Eric in a variety of conditions, I can attest he is indeed a bionic man. A new breed of well-trained and well-conditioned teenage climber, the next step in human evolution (steroid-free).
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby WyomingSummits » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:00 am

Bob Burd wrote:
Mark M wrote:
Bob Burd wrote:Day 6 - Mt. Ickes
After Day 5, Pat was the leader in the... Green (over 52yrs) jerseys....


You need to check her birth certificate. She should be counted in the under 25 group. :)


She beats everyone in every age category this year with the exception of Eric. She's really quite amazing. She spent 20 years as a HS Boy's XCountry coach, and I suspect she outran all of them. She was also 2X National Mountain Biking Champion. She's a tiny little thing but packs an amazing amount of impressive biology inside her skin. The guys are all suffering and complaining of this injury or that while she just smiles. She's spent 3hrs less time on the trail climbing the same peaks as myself. I don't want to admit I suck, so I tell myself she's just that much better. And she is.

Ah, you're a bit hard on yourself. You don't suck, you're just a crappy climber. :) But for real, the average person out there would not only FAIl at climbing most of what you've done.....they'd prob have to take GU shots just reading about it. So take a deep breath and relax....we are what we are.
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Re: 2013 Sierra Challenge Aug 16-25

Postby Deb » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:28 am

Pat IS a little dynamo! I try not to gauge my slug pace against her jack rabbit, but she gets the best of me on a trail. On a scramble, I think we're even. :) I probably would've taken 4 days instead of 2 to do Milestone/Midway without her.
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