My full written trip report is in various 24 Hours of Sunlight blog posts prior to this post, continued here with a photo album. Said again, this wonderful event was a fund raiser for the Heuga Center for MS, which gave it some extra umph in the positive attitude department. About 100 people participated, and I’ve never seen a happier more easy going group of folks at a ski race — must be the combination of going up and down, keeps everyone mentally balanced or something like that. It was an amazing experience climbing up that hill at 2:00 AM, with the full moon glowing above, a few glow sticks on the trees to keep you from getting lost, and a couple of friendly skiers ahead and behind with their headlamps bobbing.
(For those who land on this page and are wondering what this is: A muscle powered endurance racing event where people climb up and ski down a course on a ski area, and do it as many times as possible in 24 Hours. This one in 2006 was the first, the race was held for a few years after, with the last one in 2009. Use the paging links at the bottom of this post to read back through our event blogs, and of course you can always search WildSnow using our search box.)
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.