Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of spaceships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles, and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being - a call that asks who they are. David Blaikie
It's a cool, blustery day up top. The high yesterday reached 35 degrees. The overnight low was 31 degrees. It was 32 degrees and clear at 7am observation. The mountain received no new precipitation and there is still some patchy snow remaining up top. The trails are definitely sloppy and require Microspikes in sections. It is possible to get up without them, but getting down is the tricky part! Get out and enjoy the mountains!