Monday, July 30, 2007

Teton Training 1 - Moores Mountain and Mount Heinen

The weekend of June 16 and 17th we had our first official Teton training weekend. We are planning on making an attempt at the Owens-Spaulding route on the Grand Teton in August.


We had two adventures this weekend: first we got a few climbs up at Moorse Mountain, located up passed Bogus Basin Ski Resort in Boise. Moores Mountain provides a nice break from the summer heat and is the closest granite for climbing. We climbed the 2 pitch 5.9 "Computer Girl."

"Angela on the second pitch"

Before calling it a day Angela belayed me on a 5.10b "Life with Out Beer" tragic name but a wonderful climb!

Here's the pictures: Moores Mountain

Sunday we heading out on a Class 2 route up to the summit of Mount Heinen. We started up the standard route on the South East ridge from Irish Creek Boat Ramp which is on the Arrowrock Reservoir.

"Looking back at Irish Creek Boat Ramp"

The route was about a 10 mile round trip with 3500 feet of elevation gain. Based off the chrono function on my watch this hike took us 6 hours and 36 minuets. A great close hike to Boise and a good Teton training weekend.

"Mount Heinen"

The rest of the photos: Mount Heinen

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sawtooth Relay 2007 - The Happy Prostate

The weekend of June 09, 2007, was the second year of team "The Happy Prostate" and my third year of running the Sawtooth Relay. Check out last years post on the Sawtooth relay for more description about the race: Sawtooth 2006

We assembled the team from last year except for Joe Knosp last years team volunteer who was on vacation in Alaska. All the runners from were back and training hard for more fun running in the Sawtooths. Dan Doyle, Steve Oliver, Ryan Fisher, Steve Durnel, Lee Knosp and Ryan Smith, with Shane Smith as our new team volunteer.

"The Happy Prostate"

However with one week to go before the race we decided get in one last higher elevation run at Bogus Basin. Unfortunately about a 1/4 mile into the training run Steve Oliver stepped on a small rock and twisted his ankle, and a few days later Steve was under doctor’s orders not to run. With race day less than one week away we scrambled to find a replacement runner, luckily Ian Blasch agreed to fill in for Steve. Thanks Ian!

"Nooooo Steve were missed!"

Race Day 4:42am: headlamp… check, reflector vest… check… Fisher keeping the ladies warm… check!

"Keeping Warm with Ol' School!"

Our team had a 5:00am start time this year and Ryan Fisher was our starting runner for this years relay.

"Ahhh...Go Ryan Go?"

Here are the statistics for Leg 1: (Ryan Fisher)

Description:Rolling gravel and paved roads through Stanley and on Highways 21 and 75 with full view of the Sawtooth Mountains and the Salmon River.

Elevation Gain:300Elevation Start:6,370 feet
Elevation Loss:170Elevation Finish:6,500 feet

Estimated Time:53:38:24
Actual Time:51:21:xx

After we cheered for Ryan Fisher at the start of the race we drove about 2 or 3 miles up the road and hopped out of the team vehicle and waited for Ryan to run past. We gave Fisher some water and cheered him on. Then we piled back into the car and motor up the road to the start of Leg 2. Here is where Ryan Fisher handed off to Ryan Smith for Leg 2.

"Ryan Fisher to Ryan Smith"

Here are the statistics for Leg 2: (Ryan Smith)


Description:Gradual uphill on Highway 75.

Elevation Gain:190Elevation Start:6,500 feet
Elevation Loss:20Elevation Finish:6,670 feet

Estimated Time:49:33:18
Actual Time:49:29:xx

Back into the daylight no more headlamps or reflector vests! Ryan Smith handing off to Ian Blasch for the start of Leg 3.

"Ryan Smith to Ian Blasch"

With less then one week of official Sawtooth Relay training Ian did a great job running his first Sawtooth Realy.

Here are the statistics for Leg 3: (Ian Blasch)


Description:Rolling uphill on Highway 75.

Elevation Gain:240Elevation Start:6,670 feet
Elevation Loss:30Elevation Finish:6,880 feet

Estimated Time:45:16:12
Actual Time:39:14:xx

Ian Blasch handing off to Dan Doyle for the start of Leg 4.

"Ian Blasch to Dan Doyle"

Here are the statistics for Leg 4: (Dan Doyle)


Description:Gradual uphill on Highway 75.

Elevation Gain:190Elevation Start:6,880 feet
Elevation Loss:10Elevation Finish:7,060 feet

Estimated Time:35:26:24
Actual Time:38:19:xx

Dan Doyle handing off to Lee Knosp for the start of Leg 5.

"Dan Doyle to Lee Knosp"

Here are the statistics for Leg 5: (Lee Knosp)


Description:Long steady uphill leg on Highway 75.

Elevation Gain:310Elevation Start:7,060 feet
Elevation Loss:0Elevation Finish:7,370 feet

Estimated Time:52:28:12
Actual Time:50:18:xx

Lee Knosp handing off to Steve Durnal for the start of Leg 6.

"Lee Knosp to Steve Durnal"

Here are the statistics for Leg 6: (Steve Durnal)


Description:Long, steady uphill leg with curves and switchbacks to .15 miles past Galena Summit.

Elevation Gain:1,331Elevation Start:7,370 feet
Elevation Loss:0Elevation Finish:8,701 feet

Estimated Time:48:09:00
Actual Time:55:08xx

Total Roadkill for everyone’s first legs came too +37. Holy Crap sure beats last years of -5! Roadkill is how many people you pass or get passed while running your leg. Here's Steve Durnal handing off to Ryan Fisher for the start of Leg 7.

"Steve Durnel to Ryan Fisher"

Here are the statistics for Leg 7: (Ryan Fisher)


Description:Long, steady, downhill leg with curves and switchbacks.

Elevation Gain:0Elevation Start:8,701 feet
Elevation Loss:1,411Elevation Finish:7,290 feet

Estimated Time:54:10:48
Actual Time:46:48:xx

Ryan Fisher handing off to Ryan Smith for the start of Leg 8.

"Ryan Fisher to Ryan Smith"

Here are the statistics for Leg 8: (Ryan Smith)

Description:Steady downhill on Highway 75.

Elevation Gain:0Elevation Start:7,290 feet
Elevation Loss:360Elevation Finish:6,920 feet

Estimated Time:43:15:54
Actual Time:41:52:xx

Ryan Smith handing off to Ian Blasch for the start of Leg 9.

"Ryan Smith to Ian Blasch"

Here are the statistics for Leg 9: (Ian Blasch)

Description:Moderate length leg with steady downhill.

Elevation Gain:10Elevation Start:6,920 feet
Elevation Loss:350Elevation Finish:6,590 feet

Estimated Time:41:45:36
Actual Time:35:35:xx

Ian Blasch handing off to Dan Doyle for the start of Leg 10.

"Ian Blasch to Dan Doyle"

I know it's still before noon but once your finished with your second leg there's only one thing left to do! Enjoy a well earned frosty cold beverage.

"Because you can't wait 'til afternoon - A.M. Ale"

Here are the statistics for Leg 10: (Dan Doyle)


Description:Long leg with rolling downhill on Highway 75.

Elevation Gain:40Elevation Start:6,590 feet
Elevation Loss:410Elevation Finish:6,220 feet

Estimated Time:49:02:24
Actual Time:53:41:xx

Dan Doyle handing off to Lee Knosp for the start of Leg 11.

"Dan Doyle to Lee Knosp"

Hey Dan what time is it?

"Tecate Time!"

Here are the statistics for Leg 11: (Lee Knosp)


Description:Moderate length leg with gradual downhill.

Elevation Gain:10Elevation Start:6,220 feet
Elevation Loss:290Elevation Finish:5,940 feet

Estimated Time:44:43:48
Actual Time:40:54:xx

Lee Knosp handing off to Steve for the start of Leg 12.


"Lee Knosp to Steve Durnel"

Here are the statistics for Leg 12: (Steve Durnel)


Description:Short leg with gradual downhill on paved bike path.

Elevation Gain:10Elevation Start:5,940 feet
Elevation Loss:150Elevation Finish:5,800 feet

Estimated Time:23:40:12
Actual Time:24:03:xx

Total Roadkill for everyone’s second Legs came too +28. Overall we had 65 RoadKills! Here's Steve Durnel running to the finish line.

"Go Steve Go!"

Each team that finishes the race gets to join up with there runner for the last 50 feet of the relay. As the team crosses the finish line they announce the team name and everyone cheers! We hung around for some free food and beer, listen to the live band, relax and discuss the highlights of the race. We headed back up the road to Sunbeam to take quick soak in hot springs and then we headed back into Stanley to dine on some fine Texas-Style BBQ. Until next year Sawtooth Relay, Happy Running! Check out all the 2007 Sawtooth Relay photos: The Happy Prostate.

"The Happy Prostate 2007"