Tuesday, 19 August 2008

The Challenge Ahead

Since all the information in this posting is on the TransRockies Run website this posting is really for those of you (i.e. my sister Am) who cannot be bothered to check the main TransRockies Run website ;)

I've also included the weather forecast for the start and end locations for each day. Although it's looking good I suspect the weather on the peaks will be totally different - there's been quite a bit of snow and hail around Leadville recently. There's rain shower predicted for the area on Tuesday 26th August and Wednesday 27th August around Leadville :(

[Edit: Trail Goat (Steve Harvey), who was in Leadville last weekend, had posted a more accurate weather forecast - it looks like it'll be rain and snow pretty much every day!! :( ]

There's a little confusion over the length of the 1st two stages - with contradicting information on the TRR website, hence the description doesn't necessarily match the profile. Let's just say the course is fluid and we wont know for sure until we're running it!

Stage 1 (Mon 25th Aug): Buena Vista to Vicksburg

Buena Vista is located south of Leadville on Colorado Route 24. The scenic town is a recreation haven, most popular for spectacular white water rafting. Expect the weather to be wonderfully mild and pleasant. In this first leg of the race, runners will be cover 18 miles and climb 2,700” to Vicksburg.

Buena Vista: Mostly Sunny 79F/23C
Vicksburg: Cloudy, 73F/20C

Stage 2 (Tue 26th Aug): Vicksburg to Twin Lakes (shuttle to Leadville)

At the end of the first stage, runners will find themselves in Vicksburg, an old silver mining town that is regarded as one of Colorado’s legendary ghost towns. After a night’s slumber with spirits of the mining past, runners will travel 16 miles in stage two and climb 4,500’. This stage ends in Twin Lakes with a shuttle to the tent village in Leadville.

Vicksburg: Sunny, 75F/21C
Twin Lakes: Sunny, 74F/21C

Stage 3 (Wed 27th Aug): Leadville to Camp Hale

Once in Leadville, runners will be challenging their altitude acclimation. Leadville is Colorado’s highest incorporated city at 10,430’. Leadville is also a historic silver mining town that was once Colorado’s second largest city. Again, the weather should be fabulous. After a sky-high night’s sleep, runners will travel 25 miles and climb 3,300’ to Camp Hale.

Leadville: Showers, 66F/17C
Camp Hale: Unknown

Stage 4 (Thu 28th Aug): Camp Hale to Red Cliff

A night in Camp Hale is a very historic one. Located in the Eagle River Valley, Camp Hale was a major mountain warfare-training center for the US Armed Forces. Starting in 1942, Camp Hale was a site for training in mountain climbing, skiing, mountain fighting techniques, and cold weather survival. At its peak, Camp Hale’s facilities included mess halls, barracks, a hospital, a chapel, a fire station, a post office, a bank, a stockade, a guardhouse, stables, corrals, 2,700-seat theater, and a giant field house. After years of conventional and secretive military use, Camp Hale was decommissioned, dismantled, and turned over to the US Forest Service in 1965. Runners will leave this historic site and head towards Red Cliff, covering the shortest leg of 14 miles and climbing 3,009.

Camp Hale: Unknown
Red Cliff: Sunny, 65F/16C

Stage 5 (Fri 29th Aug): Red Cliff to Vail

The previous stage’s short leg was a mild preparation for this leg - the longest stage covering 25 miles and 5,000’ of climbing. After the grueling day, runners will find themselves in Vail, home to one of North America’s most popular skiing destinations. The snow may have melted, but the scenery of Vail is still spectacular. Tired runners may find renewal in Vail Village where Alpine-inspired pedestrian streets are lined with shops, markets, restaurants, and bars (just in case a strong cocktail is needed).

Red Cliff: Sunny, 69F/18C
Vail: Sunny, 72F/20C

Stage 6 (Sat 30th Aug): Vail to Beaver Creek

The last stage of the run is by no means an easy one. Runners will travel 21 miles and climb 4,623’. It may be a long final day, but once in Beaver Creek runners will be celebrating their accomplishment, surrounded by the beauty of this classy Colorado ski destination.

Vail: Sunny, 72F/20C
Beaver Creek: Sunny, 71F/19C


Blogger Sunshine Girl said...

HA! Too funny Sat! Those of us who live in the Rockies know that you don't bother looking or believing the forecast until a couple of days prior! I always ignore it - and then maybe check it out the day before. It's wacky and unpredictable in them there mountains!! It's all part of the fun....

I'm getting excited now, packing and prepping tomorrow and then a wee multi-day 2000+ km roadtrip from the Canadian Rockies to Yellowstone and then, to Colorado.

You've both done the training now go enjoy the ride and have fun!

See yas there!


20 August 2008 at 05:31  
Blogger Sat Sandhu said...

Heh heh - I know, it was pretty obvious that the weather reports were unlikely to be accurate :(

Trail Goat (Steve Harvey) is probably a more accurate source, and it looks like we'll be running in rain and snow for the entire week - I agree with him in that I dont mind running in the stuff but just hope the campsite has decent weather.

see you there

20 August 2008 at 10:10  
Blogger dave boy said...

Hi You Guys . Just a note to say good luck for the run and I bet Beaver Creek can't come soon enough.So roll on stage 6 where you will here that the mighty Latice have beaten Chelski 3-0 You never know the weather forecast might be as good as my football one.
All The BEST - love Maz & Dave XXX

20 August 2008 at 14:49  
Blogger Trail Goat said...

This Trail Goat can also say that it was nasty up in Leadville over the weekend. Lots of cold rain, hail, grapple, lightning, and the rest of the works.... well, at least it was like that when it wasn't perfect out.

I'm pretty sure that the first two stages are more accurately described in the elevation profile portraits... they supposedly cut out "junk miles" from the roads.

21 August 2008 at 05:12  
Blogger Geepster said...

Hi Jo and Sat

So, this is it - no more training, just the real thing! We're both incredibly proud of you and will be thinking about you as you run up and down the Rockies. You have a great mental attitude that will see you through the tough times - Team Can Do Sandhu will soon be Team Did Do! We wish you the very best of luck and look forward to hearing about your adventures when you get back.

Lots of love
Gill and Andy

21 August 2008 at 13:54  

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