I'm going to try and not say too much about the Zion Traverse and let the pictures do the talking. The Zion Traverse is a almost 50-mile route across southern Utah's Zion National Park. Five of us from Lander did the run on June 2nd, with me and Evan starting at the East Entrance, and the team of Jenny, Emily, and Amber starting from Lee Pass. We couldn't have done the run without my parents, who made the trip down from Wisconsin to watch our little one for us, resupply each group half way through the run, help cook meals, etc. So thanks Mom and Dad!
Evan and I started on the sandy trails of the East entrance shortly after sunrise. The temperatures were very pleasantly cool, which we appreciated because the day before was in the upper 90s by the afternoon. With the mellow downhill trails, cool temperatures, and fresh legs we made quick progress down to the spectacular network of trails and slot canyons to Zion Canyon.
|Somewhere around Echo Canyon|
|I guess they are called "Walters Wiggles"|
|Big views on Angle's Landing|
|Top of Angel's Landing|
The next section of trail along the West Rim was some of my favorite of the whole run. Evan and I made slower progress here because we stopped to take so many pictures of the endless jaw dropping big views. We didn't care though, we felt good and weren't in any hurry, and opted to take in the landscape and worry about speed another day.
|Views from the West Rim Trail|
By the time we were getting to the West Rim Trailhead to meet my folks at about mile 32, it was starting to get hot, we had ran out of water, and we were starting to feel a little tired. We rested up for awhile, drank a bunch of ice cold coke, ate some food, and got ready to go again. We reached the west rim just 15 minutes after the ladies group so we had fun handing out for just a little bit.
|West Rim TH Resupply|
|All of the runners|
|The best running of the day in the West Rim parking lot|
Evan and I made our way to the Kolob Plateau and Hop Valley while the ladies enjoyed the West Rim and cooked on the way to Zion Canyon.
|The ladies trying to get some water from a "spring"|
|The ladies working their way to Zion Canyon|
|The ladies almost to Zion Canyon|
|The oven known as the Kolob Plateau|
|One foot in front of another time on the way up to Lee Pass|
So that is Zion in a nutshell. Since then I've been on vacation in Wisconsin, which has been quite exciting; my brother got engaged and Jenny's sister had her first baby! On Saturday I'll be in Wyoming again pacing Evan for the Bighorn 100, and then Jenny runs the Northfork 50 the following weekend. Maybe we'll fit a little relaxing in there somewhere as well. Maybe.