From: Scott Giffin
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 6:22 PM
To: Malin Bengtsson
Subject: Training Camp update
As you have probably heard, it has been quite a year for snow in the high county. Above 11,000 feet, the snowpack is still substantial. Just yesterday, it snowed again, and though it melted quickly in town, it was enough to make you forget – almost – it was the day before the solstice. Yesterday, Chuck Cofer and I hiked up Sugarloaf. In places, there is still as much as six to eight feet of snow on the road. We broke trail, cut steps, and dug out paths where we could. The good news is we’ll be able to run the first day’s route from May Queen to Twin Lakes. We’ll be crossing snow on the upper sections of Sugarloaf, but it is passable.
Today, I hiked up the Winfield-side of Hope Pass. Above 11,300, there are substantial drifts in some of the gullies. As with Sugarloaf, I cut steps and shoveled a path through the deeper sections. We still have five days before we run this route, so it should set up well. Now the bad news: there is still far too much snow on the Twin Lakes-side of the Pass for us to run this section. I wish we could do the double crossing, but there is no way to do so safely. It is necessary to modify Sunday’s route. We will take the bus to Vicksburg, run from there to the Hope Pass trailhead, climb to the pass, descend back to the trailhead, continue to Winfield, turn around and head back to Vicksburg. We will give you additional details when you are here. You won’t be able to run both sides of the pass, but you will be able to run the steeper, more difficult section of the trail. Our biggest concern is safety and ensuring runners are not post-holing in the deeper drifts. We’ve done the best we can to prepare the routes. We’re ready, but do come prepared.
We will be crossing snow. If you use trekking poles, good, you’ll want to use them. If you don’t, you might consider taking one or two for extra stability. We’ll be on and off the snow for about one-mile on the upper sections of Sugarloaf. We’ll also be crossing snow on the climb to Hope Pass. Come prepared for all conditions. You’ll be running on snow, in mud, through water, and on dusty trails. It may be sunny, hot, cold, raining, and even snowing. Bring clothes for all conditions. The wind can be cold when it blows across the snow fields – and it almost always windy on the pass – so bring a good jacket for rain/wind. You’ll also want a warm jacket and pants for the evenings and early mornings, which are still chilly in Leadville. If you plan to do the night run, make sure to bring a headlamp and a backup light, and some warm clothes for after the run.
We’ll have very experienced guide runners on hand. They are a valuable resource, so ask them any questions you have. That’s why they are there and they are happy to help. We’ll also have a panel discussion on Saturday night and a crew/pacer/medical/general info meeting on Monday afternoon. We’ll cover all topics related to running and finishing Leadville. Your racer packet will also include a handout with lots of great information, so be sure to check it out.
We have revised the schedule. The main change is we have moved the dinner and panel discussion to Saturday evening. This will allow those to attend who have plans to leave Sunday night.
Friday, June 24
Packet pick up is available from noon to 6PM at 213 Harrison Avenue.
Saturday, June 25
6:30 am: Meet at the National Mining Hall of Fame Conference Center, 100 block of W. 10th St. Breakfast to be provided by race management. Packet pick-up is available.
7:30 am: Run plan for the day is May Queen Campground to Twin Lakes — 26 miles. Transport by bus from the Conference Center to May Queen. We will have two well-equipped aid stations set up at the Fish Hatchery and Halfmoon II to replenish you during the run.
3:30 pm: Transport back to Leadville.
6:00 pm: Pasta dinner at the conference center.
7:00 pm: Experienced panel comprised of runners, crew members and race management will discuss “What It Takes to Finish in the Leadville Trail 100.”
Sunday, June 26
6:30 am: Meet at the National Mining Hall of Fame Conference Center, 100 block of W. 10th St. Breakfast to be provided by race management.
7:00 am: Bus to Parry Peaks Campground.Vicksburg.
8:00 am: Begin run – Vicksburg, Hope Pass, Winfield, returnTwin Lakes to Winfield and return.
12:00 pm: Cookout at Vicksburg.
3:00 pm: Bus back to Leadville.
Monday, June 27
2:00 pm: Crew briefing at Race Headquarters213 Harrison.
7:30 pm: Meet at Race Headquarters213 Harrison.
8:00 pm: Drive to Twin Lakes.
8:45 pm: Begin run, Twin Lakes to Tree Line.
10:30 pm: Burritos, hot chocolate, and more at Tree Line.
11:30 pm: Transport back to Leadville.