Part 8: Outward Bound to May Queen

  • May Queen (13.5m)
  • Outward Bound (23.5m)
  •  Halfmoon II (30.5m)
  • Twin Lakes (39.5m)
  • Winfield (50m)
  • Twin Lakes (60.5m)
  • Halfmoon II (69.5m)
  • Outward Bound (76.5m)
  • May Queen (86.5m).
Arriving at the Outward Bound, you enter a tempting oasis of comfort and well-meaning volunteers wanting you to lie down and/or quit.  Sit down and warm up, but have your crew watching the clock.  Recheck the clothing ... you are heading up the Powerline and it can get cold up there.

Poles ... definitely!  So, Hope Pass style again ... plus this is  long section ... the hydration pack can carry more liquid easier.

Lighting ... I suggest changing out the batteries every possible opportunity.  Running without light on this section would be a disaster.  Remember to carry a backup source.

The section to the Powerline climb is on pavement ... walk strongly or run and walk as possible.  The Powerline climb is as tough as Hope ... shorter, yes;  lower, yes;  but you are more tired.  Be prepared for a tough go up this climb.  There are about 5 false summits.  One on top, force the pace to include some running .... once back on the trail it will strictly be walking for most people.  Make some time when you can.

I find that almost without exception, the runner you takes one step out of the Outward Bound aid station, finishes the race.  It might be close, but they finish.  Until you take that one step out of Outward Bound 2, don't assume anything ... don't feel too sure of yourself ...  focus and conserve your energy.  I think the toughest section of Leadville is from mile 60.5 to mile 76.5 ...  make it through that and you'll buckle.