We had big plans for a couple different ski link-ups this weekend but the weather/conditions weren't looking too favorable. Not sure why giving the Trans Zion a go sounded appealing but it did. After talking with a dozen different people Amanda and Warren were the only ones cool enough to drop plans and head to southern Utah. Warren gets extra respect for driving through the night to arrive at our campsite only 30 mins before we woke him up to start shuttling cars. A 48 mile day with 10,000 feet of vertical gain off of 30 mins of sleep isn't too shabby, I don't think we heard one complaint about it either. Here's a video Andy made:
Untitled from andy dorais on Vimeo.
The East Rim part of the trail was pretty spectacular.
|Cool, sunny weather for the start. Photo by Warren|
|Heading towards Weeping Rock. Photo by Warren|
|Towards the end of the East Rim trail. Photo by Andy|
Once we hit the Grotto we filled up with water, chatted a bit and then headed towards the Angel's Landing shoulder. The long up turned into a hike as opposed to a run. We figured it was better to be a bit conservative at the beginning seeing as this would be 22 miles farther than Warren and my longest run ever and 17 miles longer than Andy's. Also, all of us had run less than 10 times since January with only one of those being longer than 10 miles. I figured at least one if not all of us would be blowing up at some point during the run. Surprisingly everyone kept it together.
|Amanda with the heavy pack. Photo by Warren|
|Looking back towards Angel's Landing|
I think we all agreed that the West Rim was probably the most scenic portion of the run. As we randomly came across trail signs we somehow miscalculated our distance and figured we had run 6 miles less than what we actually had. This was a little (a lot) disheartening...
|Towards the start of the West Rim. Photo by Andy|
|View from the West Rim|
|The Ski Gorilla runs too. Photo by Warren|
|Warren and Andy on the West Rim|
|On the Connector. Photo by Andy|
|View from the Connector. Photo by Andy|
|Warren in Hop Valley. Photo by Andy|
|Crossing the River in La Verkin. Photo by Andy|
|Right before the Lee's Pass TH|
|Amanda killing it, Andy being hungry|
|6 gels and some gummy stuff|
This is what I ate.