Wednesday, June 27, 2007
This particular run was inspired by Pinenut Kiner who last year during a Black Giant/McDuffie run a bag said, "hey look at Goddard! That one is going down next time in a day."
This post describes my California 100 Hat Trick that started June 25, 2007 at 0515 at the Sabrina Reservoir trail head. It's a dry June (no snow at all) so the run to the "pass" just south of Mt. Wallace via the Hungary Packer Lake trail was straight forward. Traversing above the North side of Echo Lake was a great way to enjoy breakfast on the move. Once at the pass my route traversed over to Mt. Fiske 13,503' (peak #1). This section was filled with loose rock and annoying this way, no this way, no this way route finding. After Fiske, the traverse to Mt. Warlow 13,206' (peak #2) was much more enjoyable. The stable finer granite type of earth. i considered this the decision point to go for Mt. Goddard this day or save it for leftovers. The image pictured above is what i saw when making the decision so it really wasn't much of a decision. i mean, look at that peak baggers delight. Besides, Goddard would be pissed being saved for leftovers. Running across the Upper Evolution Basin cross country was heavenly (maybe i should say evolutionarily). Then the climb up Goddard was invigorating with dark rock, yellow flowers and small snow runoff water falls breaking the silence of the hominid-less environment. This is one summit to sit for awhile and enjoy. So many Sierra Peaks are surrounded by equally high peaks but Goddard really stands out and you feel up there alone. After 7 hours and 31 minutes it was time to turn the run around and head back to Sabrina. Maneuvering around the north side of Mt. Huxley i finally reached the crest of the Middle Fork Bishop Creek where i came over much earlier in the day (yes, i was tired). After the long loose crumbly descent back to trail i was thrilled to be back on a more desirable running surface. Running thru the Sabrina Basin as the sun started to go down was majical. Again this was no headlamp required run with a total time lapse of 13 hours and 52 minutes. A few days later i'm still having difficulty processing everything. Now that's a RUN! ~pk
Friday, June 22, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
There's nothing like a 15 hour run in the Sierra Nevada! Why? Because what you get to experience that 1 day positively impacts you for life. There is only one way to have this experience in 1 day and that is by running. You can's drive it! You can't ride a horse (they don't do 4th class) and i'm betting you can't even ski it (please prove me wrong, i'd love to hear about that adventure).
This particular run i'm calling the Bear Creek Spire² loop. The Bear Creek Spire gets a mathematical exponential function because of reasons i'll describe below in the run route description.
Ran On: June 11, 2007
Run Route Description:
Start- Jeff Kozak's cabin at Rock Creek Lake (subtract 40min run time if starting at Mosquito Flats).
Run through Little Lakes Valley past Treasure Lakes up through Cox Col to the Summit Bear Creek Spire returning to Cox Col to pick up your pack you left 35 minutes ago. Run over Gabbot Pass and glissade to Upper Mills Lake (see photo above)! Run out 2nd Recess trail to Mono Creek trail. Head down Mono Creek trail to the John Muir / Pacific Crest Trail. Head south on the PCT saying hello to through hikers this time of year (you know you're doing a good run when through hikers are impressed). Cross over Bear Ridge then down to Bear Creek departing from the PCT at the Lake Italy trail (Hilgard Creek). Follow this trail to until it ends at Lake Italy. Kick it into gear up the step climb to Cox Col. To square² the Bear Creek Spire leave your pack again, (this time take your camera because the lighting this time of day on the backside of Mt. Tom and Mt. Morgan is sexy and summit Bear Creek Spire again!!! Once back at the col, take the direct decent route and be sure to smile because your legs will feel like jello (and they should)! If you hurry across the boulders back to the trail above Long Lake you can complete this run with no headlamp required.
This run is very satisfying and highly recommend! ~pk