Reminder – once the race starts, you can see my progress via my SPOT: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=00ib6q2j9kEfMaS4ItJptZR5OSRLX3Ea4
The race starts at 6am tomorrow. In between work calls today, I’m prepping all my gear and added a few items I wouldn’t normally have: an umbrella and rubber gloves. Can you guess why? It’s going to rain. Reality is it’s going to pour. Forecast is for rain all during the 32+ hours I will be out there. At certain times the forecast says 100% chance of rain. I make fun of hikers with umbrellas, but when it’s in the 40’s in the middle of the night, I’d rather be dry than soaked. I pasted a picture of the forecast below:
In an effort to acclimatize, I spent the night before last in Flagstaff and after my morning calls, I submitted Mt. Humphreys. I wasn’t planning on breaking any records, but I made it from the parking lot to the summit only two minutes off my PR. I added a couple pictures below. The cloud cover was spectacular – the sky was completely blue except for right above the peaks. Most of it burned off by the time I made the summit, but it was like climbing into a fog bank on the way up. Next update will most likely be Monday or later in the week. I will take my camera with me on the race so everyone can get a feel for the environment. Wish me luck.