I met Tim Urbine during the Silver Rush 50 Miler. If you watched that video, you met his son Luke and later watched the two of them cross the finish line together. Tim is gearing up for his first 100 Miler ever and it's this years Leadville Trail 100. It does;t sound like Tim has much interest to run 100 milers beyond this one, with a wife, kids, a job that requires him to travel and his love for Ironman.. he's a bit tied up as it is. Regardless, I was able to get him to agree to go on a little training run with me this weekend and I let him choose where we went. After presenting 3 options to him, he chose the obvious... Hope Pass.
After an early rise and a quick drive up to Leadville, we started our adventure from the Twin Lakes trailhead somewhere around 9200' elevation. The first part of the Hope Pass section of Leadville has us running across the flood plane of the valley. The trail is barely discernible between the herd paths and high mountain scrub. We got lost... a few times but eventually made our way to the river. Once there we had to walk up stream to find a safe place to cross. By safe I mean, not waist deep and we can actually see the bottom through the crystal clear waters. We eventually find the spot where we actually cross during the race and make our way through the water. It's thing deep and breath taking.. literally.