Wednesday, December 13

this weekend's fun: the ALTAR

"Art Loeb Trail Adventure Run". not a race, but a gathering of people for a self-supported speed hike of the 30.9 mile trail. "The highlight of the run comes during the latter half when the trail ventures above 6000' atop the many southern balds of the Great Balsams. The Winter ALTAR challenge is to complete the trek between sunrise and sunset of the shortest day of the year. Winter in the wild, this is adventure running at its finest and most challenging," says the NC Ultra website. Luckily, the weather is looking ideal, with temps on Shining Rock (the highest point I think we'll reach) ranging from 35 - 47 today (I expect a slight cool down for Saturday - maybe 5 degrees or so).

Lorna, Toby & Sam will be joining me for the run (a few other friends had to withdraw last minute, there should be about 22 of us total). I'll actually be heading to the start via Asheville, hooking up with the Curwens for a ride to the start. (And that's the last time I'll see them until the finish!) My camera will be charged and in town to capture the gorgeous vistas.

Map of the Pisgah Ranger District
We'll start in 3C at the Davidson River Campground. The Art Loeb Trail (dotted red line) heads west, then bears north, ending at Camp Daniel Boone in 2A.

I'll report back next week!


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