|The mighty Selway River Canyon with the Fog mountains to the North.|
Brandi, Katie, Molly and I took a trip to the Selway River Wilderness near Lowell, ID. They did a 3 day out- and-back to Moose Creek Ranger Station and I did day trips from a base camp at the Race Creek trailhead. Temps ranged from hot and humid to cool/drizzly and humid. I saw eagles, bears, snakes and rafters. I ran all day and had every evening to fish and meditate on the looming race season. The running was top notch and a fantastic simulator for Western.
It was great to be able to go from the bottom of the canyons at 1700' to the mountain ridges above at nearly 7000' in one run. I managed a memorable back-to-back effort of 29 miles in the Selway River corridor one day with a steady 9 min pace, then 25 miles the next day with 12.5 mi up to the Indian Hills Lookout (5000+' gain) at high 9 min pace on the climb and an up tempo effort the entire way down (around 6 min pace) for a truly quad-destroying day. This kind of workout will be key for the 15+ mile downhill sections of WS100. I finally feel like my body is responding to the training. In this mode, my body seems to gain from each session. This was the feeling I had before Cascade Crest last year.
|Classic "chicks on the trail" pose.|
|The Selway River Trail undulates from on the water, to several hundred feet above the water. Overall, the footing is really solid and soft on the feet (compared to the techy McCall trails).|
|Bridge over the Selway (troubled waters) near Three Links Creek.|
|Outfitter camp misc. antler pile on the Mink Peak Trail.|
|Super cool rafter dudes- Mike, Mike, Kevin and Rick enjoying their lucky draw of a permit to run the Selway. Thanks for the Coors Banquet Beer. A nice pick me up when you are 20 miles into a 30 mile run.|
|The Idaho mountains are melting and the rivers are raging.|
|Indian Hill Lookout- a 5000+' climb from the bottom of the canyon.|
|View from Indian Hill, deep into the Selway Wilderness. When you look out there, you can appreciate that the Selway is a "Capital Dub-Ya" Wilderness. Nothing disturbed by the hands of man for many miles.|
|Obligatory Selway Falls shot. Absolutely deadly whitewater.|
|Meadow Creek beaver dam. This place really reminded me of Rapid River.|
|"Pacific Rain Forest" holds lots of interesting creatures and plants.|
|Group photo on the way out at Selway Falls.|