Part 6: Twin Lakes to Halfmoon

  • 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).
Notes:  The Twin to Halfmoon section is a killer.  The Halfmoon aid station sees more drop outs (among potential finishers) than any other.  Have your mind steely tough on this section.  This is where races fall apart.  What seemed easy on the way out now is an endless grind through the night, seemingly ever uphill.

At Twin on the inbound, you will change into your night gear.  You'll sit down (for the first time in the race most likely) and your crew will assist you with a change of shoes and socks (and any foot care that needs to happen).  Running tights or pants are smart most years (nighttime temps in the 30s).  Heavier fleece long sleeve shirt ... jacket, etc.

Lighting ... same as the first 13.5 miles ... powerful headlamp and a backup source.

Poles ... personal choice ... just enough uphill on the section to warrant them ... and most of the field is in hike mode on this section.  This section often takes 3 hours to complete so going 'Hope Pass' style with a hydration pack and poles can be smart.

Cutoffs ... they were generous and set the trap on the outbound 50 miles.  Now, on the inbound the time cutoffs are more challenging.  This section requires an efficient crewing and change to night gear (meaning effective and fast) and a *strong* walk to stay in the race.  Mixing in some running is very desirable if you can do it every once in a while (even gaining just a minute or two per hour can mean the difference between a finish and a DNF).

Pacers ... they make a big difference on these night sections.

Carry a 'double ration of supplies as you will need to resupply at the Halfmoon station (no crews there).  Zip lock the powders, etc.