I started at 5:00am at the junction of Kyle Canyon Road and Harris Springs road. I took off with about 6 liters of water, 6 energy bars and 6 Gu packs anticipating at most 6 hours of running up and over Mt. Charleston, Nevada highest mountain at 11,918 feet. The sun was just coming up as I got started, the temperatures were in the low 70's, and I felt ready for this one.
|Harris Springs Road (I have spotted wild Burros in this area on previous days)|
|Three miles up the road I come to the turn of for Griffith Peak trail. I will be passing by Griffith peak on the way to Mt. Charleston. The sun is up now, and I got K.D. Lang Belting out Halleluiah on my headphones.|
|Ahhh...,but that runnable section ends about three miles further up he trail as I hit some heavy climbing. I am always amazed at all the work that goes into making these trails. God bless these hard working people.|
|Time for a quick look back at what has already been accomplished. I am up around 11,000ft. now and all running and even hiking has become difficult because the air is so thin. I have been slowed down to 30 minutes/mile in places.|
|After passing Griffith Peak the trail levels out again as it aims for mMt. Charleston. I am still feeling strong and I am able to run again. I am already 14 miles and 3 1/2 hours into this run.|
|Up above the tree line now and everything is hard but the sight of the goal gives strength. This picture is taken at about 11,200 ft and looking directly at Mt. Charleston.|
|Five hours, 18 miles, 6000 feet of elevation (about 800 feet more than the Grand Canyon) and here I am standing in the howling wind with Old Glory|
|his is the view from the top looking down the north side. That's the town of Mt. Charleston and Kyle Canyon in the distance. You can see a piece of the steep trail leading down in the foreground.|
Above This the data was gathered from My Garmin during the run. It stops at 45 miles because that is where the Garmin lost power.