|Island Lake as seen from ~13k' Grant-Swamp Pass on the Hardrock Course. Photo: Klas Eklof.|
|Looking back toward Grant-Swamp Pass from the climb to ~13k' Oscars Pass. Photo: Klas Eklof.|
Hardrock has the potential to rival Western States as the de facto national championship of 100 mile racing in the country. Obviously, the statistics are such that this simply won't happen, but it sure is a compelling proposition. I understand and respect the intent and spirit of the Hardrock Board's decisions, but the mountain runner in me can't help but salivate at the prospect of racing that kind of field over such a worthy course. Maybe one of these years, the stars will align...
|Approaching the finish of Hardrock on the descent into Arastra Gulch. Photo: Klas Eklof.|