Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Running Brundage Ski Resort

A glorious last autumn hurrah on my bread and butter staple run.  My 13th Brundage running summit of the year, with many more on skins and hundreds more via chairlift.  A perfect training run that never gets boring.   

A solid 6 miles climb gains 1800+' on the Elk Trail. Less than four miles back to the lodge on the South Lodge Lane (aka Cat Track).  B ran all the way to the top today, for her first "no-walk" ascent. Three or four inches of fresh POW made the climbing tricky and physical. In a few weeks we will be skinning and skiiing these slopes- until late June.

On the 8 mile drive to Brundage from McCall, you pass a small roadside park affording this incredible view of Payette Lake and the Crestline Trail.  That skyline is the centerpiece of the Wild Idaho 100.

B about a mile into her Brundage climb.

These trees live tough lives.  Withered and gnarly.

The view west from Brundage's summit of the Crestline Trail and the Lick Creek Range behind.

B nears the top as Granite Mountain looks on.

B triumphant on top.

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