Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Running The Enchantments

Sunday September 12th I ran The Enchantments in Washington state just South of Leavenworth. I had planned on rock climbing that day but as the morning slowly moved on and the suggestion arose... Everyone was so encouraging that I do it so I did.

Just after Asgard Pass
I started at the Coldchuck Lake trailhead at 11:40 AM exactly by my watch. The running was pretty easy and most of it was actual running until Coldchuck Lake. Around the lake were a few second class sections that slowed me down. Then it was quite a steep climb up to Asgard Pass. Mostly walking with a little running thrown in there. I reached Asgard Pass 1:59 after I started. From then on it was nearly all down hill.

More or less it was a gradual downhill run. The scenery was composed of rocks, lakes, and some trees here and there. The mountains like Dragontail were rather steep although I never actually saw the top of Dragontail because of the clouds.

I continued down hill reaching the level of the first big lake (Snow Lake?) at 3:10 PM and it took 20 minutes to go around it crossing the little man made causeway at the end at about 3:30 PM. I ran down the switchbacks and just kept going. I took a fall and skinned off my right knee a little and had three minutes of pain walking. Then it started to feel much better and I started running again. There were some very nice clear six degree downhill sections of trail where I really worked to get my legs turning over and I was flying downhill.

I hit a wall about 4:10 into my run but passed through it in only about ten minutes. After that I decided I wanted to finish in less than five hours. So I was really pushing it.
Between the two big lakes (Snow Lake I think was one behind me in this picture)
I finished at 4:51 PM 5:11 after I started. About 22 miles and about 2100 feet lower than I started despite running up over 4000 feet in the first two hours of the run.

The Finish

Probably only a minute after I finished my friends who had spent the day rock climbing pulled into the parking lot to check if I had finished. It was amazing timing. We finished up the weekend with a splash in the river and food at the Heildelburger. Seattle was quite welcome that night with flat soft beds.

1 comment:

  1. This is a terrific post. It's great to see another engineer/rock climbing/runner out there willing to do the rugged runs (that fact that you did the wonderland is amazing by the way). I've been thinking of running the Enchantments for a while now starting on the Snow Creek Wall side. Thoughts?

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