Monday, May 27, 2013

To the Summit We Went!

 This is where we started in Mitchell Canyon.
 Pretty much just a steady climb up the Mt.
Thought these looked like Truffla Trees from The Lorax.

 That hill in the middle of the pic is Black Point, the one we climbed a few weekends back.
 Black Point was a challenging run, but now we are higher than it is.

 We can see all the way to the Delta now...

 The golden hills down there are where I normally run during the week.
 A nice shot looking down on Wall rd, it runs along the top of the dark hill in the middle of the picture, and is a challenging run!

 5 miles up, this is where there is normally an aid station on this run. None today.
 The Juniper Campground smelled so good, this pit was smoking still. We refilled our water bottles and then headed out on the final 1.5 mile push to the summit.

 The last 1.5 mile of climbing sounds so short. It is such a challenge though! Steep, and technical.

 We made it!

It was cold up there! We hung out in the visitor center and ate a bar. Then we filled up on water and headed back down.

Brian dropping down off the edge of the parking lot onto the trail.

 On the way down, it was colder, windier, and raining. The cloud deck was low and felt like running with a lid being in a pot.

 And then we were done!
I was super happy to be able to run solid all the way back down/out. The last 2 miles is much flatter, though still down hill. Last go round I walked a lot of it, but I was able to run it and run strong all the way out!

I'm so thankful that I have a husband who is willing to do something like this on a moments notice! The fact that we even can just go do a 3400 ft climb, run back down it, and cover 13 miles with no notice...even after 5 years of us running....still unbelievable.

1 comment:

  1. I love that you guys spontaneously did this! (And that the weather was on your side - that can be miserable if it's warm out.) Great pictures and Dr Seuss reference!