Oh that's gorgeous and I believe you that it's more stunning in person. Looks like a tough course. Good luck!
Cool photos, Erika... I can see where you would feel as if you are on top of the world.
WOW... Is there a Hotel at mile 11?
....gulp.....watch your step, OK?
Erika, thats a monster elevation profile.
But its a beautiful monster.
I can see why you're a strong and happy runner
thanks for sharing.
Your posting of these pictures and elevation profile helped me understand more and more the huge monster you are tuckling on your upcoming marathon. You are one strong runner and mighty powerful athlete. Be careful. I want to see you in Bellingham.
Thanks for taking the time to educate us about your neck of the woods and the monstrous race course.
Be proud of yourself, in fact, I think anyone who has run this marathon must be VERY PROUD of themselves !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!.
. . . and to think my last-minute chance to become an Equinoxer some years ago had me wondering "what's the big deal" for the first nine easy winding trail and roadside miles.
After being thrown up-and-down on the steep pitches of the out-and-back along the Ester Dome ridge, the straight shot down the chute was the best, . . . until it paled to the beautiful golden-leafed deciduous forest with bright yellow leaves carpeting the contrasting rich, black moistened earth (to the accompanyment of the then-ubiquitous marathon yodeler who encouraged us on in those-days marathons).
Any moose or caribou this time of year?
No caribou in those parts, but signs of moose all around. I did mile 8.3 to 12.5 (the steep long stretch) and back down last night. I swear that thing got steeper since last year! My time was 48:30 up, 33 minutes down. What a ride! Got some rain yesterday and today so the dust at the top is gone, thank goodness (for now...9 days to go!).
Great pictures evanflein. That looks like a fun and challenging course, good luck! Larry
"If you see a man running up a mountain trail in Montana with a fly pole attached to his back, you are probably lost. LDD
Awesome I am doing it this year 09 and this really gives me something to look forward to or dread lol