1) Following somebodies footsteps on a snow covered portion of an unfamiliar trail is a good way to get lost in the woods.
2) Pack more gels then you think you need if your route isn't set in stone. Gels help keep up your blood sugar, which in turn prevents you from turning into an exhausted zombie.
3) Phone batteries drain fast when your in an area with a weak cell signal. I probably would've realized this sooner if I had fully appreciated lesson two listed above.
4) Don't ever let Doug or I lead you on a run unless you want to go further than originally planned.
5) Don't be intimidated by bad weather...just get out there and go for a run...or a hike...or anything.
|Snow can be fun|
|Stream crossings are more fun|
After making a quick stop at aid station 1 (my car) we made our way out onto the Skookum flats trail.
|Aid station number 1 was a big hit|
Both Doug and I had mountain biked this trail several times in the past and were pretty stoked to see how quickly we could run it. Excellent conditions and a nice 8 mile warm up set the stage for a pretty quick jaunt down the rolling single-track. Approximately a mile in we ran into a WTA trail work party. Big thanks to those guys as it turns out they have their work cut out for them. About 2/3 of the way into the trail we ran into a ridiculous amount of dead fall. Not normal dead-fall...these were giant old growth trees that blanketed a fairly large portion of the trail. Doug and I ended up doing a fair bit of tree climbing, which though fun, drastically increased the amount of time it took for us to get to the end of the trail.
It was decision time after reaching the end of the skookum flats. Would we hit highway 410, with it's miserable pavement and slight uphill? Head to snoquera falls? Hit the white river trail and run through camp Sheppard? Or perhaps we would try to link the palisades trail up with the white river trail despite the fact that it would be most certainly buried in snow? Doug and are pretty notorious in our own minds for picking what could be described by some as the stupidest path so unsurprisingly we chose to run up above the snow line, follow a bunch of footprints that may or may not have been on the actual trail and eventually turned around about 3 hours after we had run out of gels and Doug had run out of water.
|There is a bridge under there somewhere|
Here are a few more pictures of the run. Wish I would've brought a better camera. Phone camera's are just awful for these types of pictures. Oh and here is a link to the garmin if anybody is interested:
|Skookum falls from 410|
|Snoquera Falls from the Palisades trail|
|Doug heading up the staircase|
|One of the many views of the valley from the trail. Looking forward to running this on a clear day.|