4th of July – Issy Alps 100 miler start
Issy Alps 100 connects the local peaks off the I-90 corridor. The peaks include: Mailbox, Teneriffe, Mt. Si, Little Si, Rattlesnake, Tiger, Squak and Cougar Mountain. The total elevation gain is around 29,000+ and a total of 107 miles.
We started at 6am July 4th and finished 36 hours later. We were totally supported (with food and water) by our amazing friends and family. The weather was perfect, the company entertaining, and an overall great day running through our local mountains.
Summit 1 – Mailbox Peak
Legs for the stinging nettles
Summit 2 – Teneriffe
Summit 3 – Mt. Si
Summit 4 – Little Si
Summit 5 – Rattlesnake
Summit 7 – East Tiger.
Missing the picture for Summit 6 on Rattlesnake.
Summit 8 -Tiger 3
Summit 9 -Tiger 2
Summit 10 – Tiger 1
Summit 11 – Cougar Mountain
The Finish – 107.2 miles in 36:02 hours – FKT
Finished! Woohoo – an awesome 36 hours all within miles of my house. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.
Humpdayathon (Wednesday) started with a crisp climb up Mailbox (4100 elevation gain in less than 3 miles; more like 2.5 miles) and followed by a few more mountain peaks and hours of slogging in the snow. The planned peaks: Mailbox, Teneriffe, Mt. Si, Little Si, Rattlesnake traverse & Tiger Mountain. The mileage options: 50km, 100km, and 100 mile. ALM and I set out to do a 55 mile loop with roughly 18,000 feet of elevation gain from my house. Tim & Angel picked us up near my house in North Bend and drove us the three miles to the start; we contemplated running to the start but opted to catch a ride and have an extra hour of sleep.
As predicted lots of snow & very slow going. We lucked out with a ‘blue bird day’ and spectacular views.
The view from the top of Mailbox.
The crew on Mailbox Peak
Teneriffe – a total slog to the top. We hiked up the Kamikaze Falls Trail and continued to the summit. The hike is about 4 miles w/3750 feet elevation gain. (On a normal day this is a tough, steep climb but with the recent snow storm it made it a total slog).
Teneriffe summit – Stunning views!
After crawling up Teneriffe we took the snow filled service road to Talus Loop. The snow was so deep on the service road it took us hours to go 4 or 5 miles. At this point, most of us our discussing stopping at 50km because the snow is so slow going and Rattlesnake traverse will be a nightmare w/this much snow. In addition, some runners did not bring enough food for this section b/c it wasn’t supposed to take all day.
We connected to Talus Loop and then to the main Mt. Si trail. We hiked up to the summit and then ran down the Old Mt. Si trail. We ran up/down Little Si and met the aid crew at the parking lot of Little Si. The aid station crew spent their day volunteering and were amazing! The aid stations were stocked just like a race with delish goodies including butternut soup, pizza, meat and avocado wraps and comfy chairs, warm down jackets and sleeping bags. The volunteers were awesome.
The 100km runners bailed at Little Si and called it a day after 32 + miles, 13 hours and 13,858 elevation gain and the 100 mile runners decided to shuttle over to Cougar/Squak Mountain for another 50km.
All in all, a super fun and stunning day climbing up and down the mountains with some really cool people.