I'm happy to report there's very little to be worried about on this section when it comes to the trail. The ridge is still rocky and exposed, Ball Bearing Hill is still slippery and the remaining ridge to Alexander (mi. 47.5) is a little overgrown in sections as usual.
Heading along the pipeline into the "oven" felt especially hot and I can only hope that it's much cooler for everyone on race day. Finally after topping out on Roger's Saddle, Peter turned up the pace all the way Lamb's and had us running a lot faster than I had planned, but it was all good. I also took notice that crossing the last little stretch was much easier this time around since somebody cleaned up the downed trees, thanks Jay!
The real gem of the weekend was the run we did on Sunday (8/8/2010). None of us had ever run Silver Fork Canyon so we came up with a route that would take us from Brighton up to Twin Lake Pass, down Silver Fork, back up Days Fork, over to Twin Lakes Pass then back down to Brighton. Sounds easy enough right? Greg and Peter thought so as well so we made a plan to meet up with Matt Hart to put it all together. I’ve decided to go with a heavy picture post (more here) this time with captions.
Peter was gracious enough to let me try his Hoka’s for the day and I’m not sure it warrants a separate post, but I can confidently say I’ve never run downhill faster when I really turned it on.
|Me with Clown err, Hoka's on|
I tore down the descent off Twin Lakes with Peter hot on my heels and when we reached the turn to Silver Fork we were both breathing so hard we couldn’t talk. I have two complaints about them though, 1) I nearly rolled my ankle a number of times when landing on my fore to mid foot and 2) the upper isn’t quite right yet, at least for my foot. The top two eyelets had to be pulled so closely together to secure my foot that by the time we were at the end of the run the top of my foot was slightly bruised from the plastic digging in. Enough Hoka talk and back to the run.
|Matt at Twin Lake Pass|
|Peter and Greg on our way over to Silver Fork Canyon|
|Prince of Wales Mine in the middle of the picture|
|Greg inspecting the boiler at Prince of Wales Mine|
|L-R, Peter, Matt, Greg at Prince of Wales Mine, I'm looking west taking the picture|
|Matt running in Silver Fork|
|Greg on the steep stuff in Silver Fork|
|Bottom of Days Fork heating up|
|Matt near the top of Silver Fork|
|Looking down into Little Cottonwood from Emma's ridge|
|One of the steep climbs on our way back to Twin Lake Pass|