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Upon Reaching the Summit

August 4, 2012

Upon reaching the summit of Pike’s Peak, the reward will look something like this:

File:Pikes Peak summit to NE 1.jpg

Photo courtesy of Wikipedian user “Kbh3rd”

With the climb, the temperatures will likely change from approaching the 70’s F down below at the start to being 50 degrees at the top. Some years, the difference has approached 50 degrees. Since there isn’t room for many cars at the summit, the race sets up shuttles to take runners back down the mountain. As a result, there may be some waiting in addition to the time it takes in cooling down, stretching out and re-fueling. Since conditions can widely vary and change quickly, it’s important to remember the Boy Scouts motto and “Be Prepared”.

Here’s my checklist for the post-race drop bag that will meet me at the summit:

  • long sleeve shirt
  • sweat pants
  • wind breaker
  • socks
  • warm hat
  • gloves

I also will be making a checklist for things needed during the race. From what I understand, there’s some overlap between the post-race list and the in-race list. For example, it’s not unusual to have a short sleeve shirt needing to be replaced by a long sleeve shirt as you approach and move above the treeline. Anyway, I’ll figure out what’s needed and share those items in a future post.


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