The main purpose of this blog entry, as it will be missing many details, is to say thanks for helping me make it around this magnificent mountain of Oregon. Together you selflessly assisted me in traversing the challenging topography, guided me on the trail, and were always encouraging me to keep going.
You've made this one of the most memorable run / hike adventures I've ever done.
I do apologize for my slow time (18 hours 34 minutes). I know you both could have gone a lot faster, but you took the time to wait for me and made this experience possible.
Here's what we did...
18 hours and 45 minutes to traverse approximately 43 miles and cover about 10K-12K feet of elevation gain.
|William during a water and food break|
|Mike and William sterilizing the water|
The route in general, missing a few minor detours...
|Where we needed to go|
|Mike, on his way down to Eliot Creek|
|...and the ascent route up the other side|
|Beautiful Scenary - The backside of Mount Hood|
|Always working together|
|William and Mike heading across some "open" trail|
|Early in the run, awesome views all day long|
I was exhausted, nauseous, and very slow at the end- but ultimately a memorable and satisfying challenge.
Thanks again to both of you... I couldn't have asked for nicer or more capable people to share this with.
P.S. Mike, yes, this was the toughest run I've ever done... Although the last 10 miles for me was more of a slow trudge