The second day of camp was to feature a Hope Pass double crossing, but that darn snowpack thwarted the plan. Apparently the creeks we were supposed to cross were 8' deep and rushing at 90 mph, which may or may not be an exaggeration.
The alternate route was to run from the Missouri Gulch trailhead about 2 miles up the road to the Hope Pass trail and then climb the south side of Hope. After descending Hope, we continued up that lovely road to Winfield before turning around and heading back.
I know this may sound obvious, but this weekend reminded me just how incredibly beautiful the Leadville course is. I think when I've pictured this race, I've thought more about the dusty road to Winfield, the never-ending Boulevard, or the pavement pounding after Hatchery. But really, those sections are so small in comparison to the majority of running through remarkable scenery.
We had the option to climb Hope twice and many did. I was one that didn't. I ran the 13.5 miles of the route very well, felt a little bruising on the ball of my right foot, and was just fine calling it a day. Plus they had a mouth-water cookout waiting for us at the trailhead of which I was one of the first to partake in.
At this point, Twin Lakes to Hope Pass is the only section of the course I have not run yet. I plan to get up there sometime in the next few weeks to knock that out.
Enjoy the pics from Day Two.