The course is a 50 mile out and back from the town of Concrete Washington to Sherman Peak. Competitors will cover 41 miles of gravel Forest Service roads, 5.5 miles of snow trail and 3.5 miles of glacier travel. The high point of the course is Sherman Peak at 10,160ft with an overall elevation gain of roughly the same. All glacier travel will require participants to wear a harness along with other mandatory gear and ascend and descend fixed ropes flanking the entirety of the Squak glacier. This is an extreme mountain event, weather, elevation and exhaustion add to it’s difficulty. High winds, freezing temperatures, snow, rain, lightning and avalanches can occur at anytime.
The race starts Sunday June 4th at 12:00 AM, take note of this start time. The estimated time limit is 18 hours with a soft cut off at 6:00 PM. Runners will need to be off the course by nightfall. There will be a fixed cut off at the turn around at or near the summit, this time still to be determined and may very with weather conditions. A rough estimate should put the last runner on the summit at around 10:00 AM.
There is a water crossing at Thunder Creek Aid 1. You will get wet. You can have a drop bag at this aid station for dry socks and shoes if you choose. You can expect the creek crossing to be at least a foot deep or deeper.
There are two drop bag locations along the course, one at Thunder Creek Aid 1 and the other at Aid 4. The aid station at Thunder creek will be on the north side of the creek. This aid station you will want to have a dry pair of socks and shoes to change into after the water crossing. Your drop back at aid station 4 will contain all of your mountaineering and mandatory gear. This aid station is located at snow line along Forest Service road 13.
There will be 7 aid stations along the course. Fully stocked aid stations are located at 1,2&4 with limited food at 3,5,6&7.
The arrow on the photo below shows the planned turn around point on Sherman peak at 10,160ft. Conditions on the mountain the day of the race will determine if participants can safely reach the summit. The race organization reserves the right to move the turnaround point at anytime before or during the race. There will be three aid stations on the glacier, these are shown at their approximate locations as red triangles. These aid stations will have water and a limited selection of food. Please pack for your nutritional needs while on the mountain, this could range between 8-12 hours.