This is it, the big one. I’ve been thinking about running this loop almost a year now, since that initial Bishop Pass trail run. My original vision was to do the full 56 mile loop, but I’ve since realized that the smart choice for my current fitness is to do the shorter 36 mile loop by climbing up and over Lamarck Col. Labor Day weekend may not provide us the most solitary wilderness experience, but in my book I’ll be much happier with more people out on the trails just in case of emergency. I also recently invested in a DeLorme inReach satellite messenger, which not only functions as an emergency beacon, but also as a way of communicating with people (via text or email) and letting folks track your progress. So in case you aren’t out there killing it this Sunday (and hopefully you are!), you can follow along with Julie and I.
We’ll hopefully be starting around 5am (PST) on Sunday, September 2 and our position should update every 10 minutes. I anticipate the whole run taking anywhere between 12 and 18 hours, probably somewhere in the middle of that range. We have 3 high passes to go over – Lamarck Col (~13,000ft), Muir Pass (~12,000ft), and Bishop Pass (~12,000ft). It will not be easy, but it will be awesome.
Here is the link to our tracking page: