Friday, May 10, 2013

Pmbar 2013 setup day 1.

Erinna and I drove to Slate Rock, I dropped her and Sophiedog there (they were off to set the Slate CP) then I drove to the bottom of 5018 and rode out and back to Squirrel Gap at Cantrell Creek.
Super fast pace. Erinna texted the CP was set and she was headed down right around the time I hit the Black Mountain overlook. That put me into overdrive. I got out, set the CP, and got back just as they were headed up 5018. Sophiedog was whipped.

PMBAR 2013 setup day 2

The next day I was on my own to set two more checkpoints. I parked at the horse stables and climbed to 5057 with two CPs on my back. I dropped one at 5057 then made my way to the Clawhammer mountain peak. I set that CP then dropped back down and over to the Avery CP. After scouting out the location for a few minutes I set the camp, headed down Avery and back to the Jeep at the horse stables.

PMBAR 2013 setup day 3

Day 3 was H.A.R.D. Sophiedog was along and kicked my butt.
The rain had started.
The trail was slick.
I ate it hard.
From the Buck Springs parking lot I walked in to the Laurel Mountain trail. Gnome trail to Pilot connector to $2000 descent to False $2000 descent to the Cairns... then back out.
It was cold. It was wet. I met a pair of hikers that ended up taking my advice and stopped by the start/finish the next day. When I got back to Buck Springs I was shivering and had was sooooo happy that the final CP was a drive-to CP. I drove down to 225, set that CP, drove to the Hub, then dropped off the kegs at Trailblazers for the afterparty. Then back to Asheville, picked up Zoe from daycare, and then.... tried to rest. Start/Finish setup started at started at 2PM the very next day.