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Elevation Insanity IV

Hike up the mountain five times, take the tram down four times and drive back once.

The starting time has been finalized at 5am. The first hike up will be a leisurely hike up Pino (leisurely for me, that is) with the plan of arriving at the top of the tram at 9am. However, initially all vehicles will be parked at the base of the tram. I expect most people to do fewer than all five ascents.

If you do all five ascents, this event is quite strenuous. The middle three ascents will be done at a fairly quick pace.

My wife will drive me from my house to the Tram parking lot on the day of the hike.  She'll then pick up all the people who will be doing the Pino hike and drive us all to the gate leading in to Elena Gallegos open space. I'll leave my truck parked at the top of the crest so everyone who make the fifth ascent can ride down in my truck.

Regardless of how the people doing Pino get started, the second ascent will probably begin shortly after 9:20, since that's approximately when the first tram down will arrive.

The following table lists the ascents in the order that we'll be doing them. Each link is to a previous ascent that is at approximately the pace we'll do, but the starting times won't be the same. Anyone who wants to join us starting on the third or later ascent can try texting me during the first two ascents to get an idea of when we'll be starting the next one.

  1. Pino
  2. Chimney Canyon
  3. Old La Luz
  4. Domingo Baca
  5. New La Luz

No dogs. Bring appropriate hydration, calories and emergency money. Official sunrise is 6:06, but we'll be starting at 5am, so please bring a headlamp or flashlight.

The only detail that remains up in the air is how we'll get from the bottom of the tram after ascent number three (Old La Luz) to the Domingo Baca trailhead for ascent number 4. If we can drive a little closer to it, that's probably what we should do.

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  • Cliff M.

    Oops. In my last comment I used "turn it off" to mean two completely different things. On a couple occasions I left the timer on for the first part of our tram descent. That added a little extra mileage (but no ascent) and slightly messed up some of the stats. On top of that, even when the timer was off, I didn't actually turn the unit off to conserve batteries. If I had, I probably would have gotten a complete set of tracks for the fifth ascent. Instead I had to hand-edit the summary statistics, using the statistics from our fourth ascent (both were new La Luz) last year.

    May 12, 2013

  • Cliff M.

    We changed the order of ascents to avoid having to do a tricky one in the dark. As it was, we finished the fourth ascent during daylight. I didn't manage my Garmin 310XT as well as I could in that I forgot to turn it off at the top a few times and I also didn't turn it off between the top and the start of the next ascent, so I ran out of power. I think a good approximation of how much ascent we did is 22,000 feet and the total distance hiked is about 36 miles.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/311561382
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/311561416
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/311561457
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/311561553
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/311561587

    I haven't yet figured out what we're doing next year.

    May 12, 2013

  • Cliff M.

    We got to the top for the fifth time at about midnight. Doug Flynn helped us by ferrying us from the base of the tram to the La Luz Trailhead for the beginning of ascent four.

    Thank you Doug!

    Mark kicked my ass on ascents 3 and 4.

    I will post more details after I sleep.

    May 12, 2013

  • Mark W.

    I am still planning to be there but it looks like we are rapidly shrinking in number.

    May 10, 2013

  • Cliff M.

    Bummer, There's always next year (probably).

    May 10, 2013

  • Eric B.

    Cliff, after some setbacks I'm not sure I would still be strong after 2 laps. I'll be in the Sandias tomorrow, but not for an insane elevation day. Thanks anyways for all of your preparation and logistics. Good luck!

    May 10, 2013

  • Cliff M.

    Weather may be tricky.

    Doing Domingo Baca 4th will be beastly, if it's dark above the crash site. I'd be willing to switch #3 and #4, so that we wind up having complete daylight for Domingo Baca. The downside to that exchange is it would mean that we do La Luz (granted, significantly different variants) twice in a row.

    We can decide as we go, but that will make it harder for others to join us in the middle. OTOH, I haven't actually heard of anyone plan on doing that--too many other fun activities going on that day.

    May 8, 2013

  • Perky

    I'll be up there but I'll be doing hill repeats at the ski area. We'll watch for you.

    May 5, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Still planning on at least four including Pino.

    April 20, 2013

  • Cliff M.

    This morning I hiked up Pino to the South Crest Trail and then up the South Crest trail to the tram at a leisurely pace. It took me just under three hours, but I started at the Pino Trailhead in the Elena Gallegos parking lot. As such, I've updated the description to contain a tentative plan.

    I'll post again when I know more. If you know that you will or won't be doing Pino, let me know.

    April 20, 2013

  • Perky

    YEAH!!!! I can hardly wait!

    January 14, 2013

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