Close

Member Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member? sign-up now!

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.

PRINT DIGITAL

Project GT: Headspace

Team Under Par is ready for the Grand Traverse. Kinda.
posted: 03/25/2014

We’re ready. Or at least Jonny and I have decided that the statistical probability of us finishing the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse is greater than spending a miserable night bivvyed on the trail. We’re cool with that. After yet another day of training in crappy weather, this time on a 21-mile slog on Vail Pass, I’ve realized that our physical condition will be the least of our worries come Friday at midnight. After that tour, my legs had more in the tank. My brain however, was another story.

I’m excited about two things during the Grand Traverse: the start, with its pomp and circumstance and rush of adrenaline, and the finish, where I’m sure to be a trembling, overjoyed shell of a human. I’m terrified of all the messy bits in between. I’m not looking forward the dull throbbing in my muscles, the piercing pain of inevitable blisters, and the emotional rollercoaster that 12 hours of continuous high-output exercise will create. But in Aspen, there will be a huge juicy burger and ice-cold beer, no doubt the best I’ve ever tasted. That alone, I’m trying to rationalize, will be worth the trek. I suppose beating the old guys will count for something too.

Here are some photos from our final training tour.

Slogging on Vail Pass
Jonny Holton enjoys a long, flat walk through a pounding snowstorm.

Rando pow skiing
After 19 miles of touring, a little powder skiing on skinny skis does a body good.

Training Rage
I show classic signs of training rage after six hours on Vail Pass.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • No HTML tags allowed

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
All submitted comments are subject to the license terms set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use