Topic Author's Original Post - Dec 15, 2010 - 12:11am PT
Saturday, February 5th will be the first annual Mammoth Chase. The race will be held on the Sherwin Ridge just outside of town. The race will be 100% backcountry- the way it ought to be. There will be a recreational division with two climbs and two descents and about 2,800 feet of vertical gain. The race class will have three climbs and descents for 6,000 feet of vertical gain. For all the details, visit themammothchase.org
What's the hurry? Half the reason I ski in the backcountry is to get away from the madding crowd, and another big reason is to claim my lines on my pace, on my schedule. If I'm feeling peppy, that's swell, but I can't fathom a race-pace backcountry competition, in a mob. I don't get uphill specialists, but I REALLY don't get this concept. Different strokes, clearly. But that's cool, I guess. Knock yerselves out.
I'm doing it as motivation to get back in shape. I love races that dont involve pavement or roads. I used to do 50k trail runs, The Bishop Mule run and Santa Barbara 9 Trails being my favorites until I got lazy and injured. I'm on a comeback of sorts and events like this motivate me to get of my arse and back outdoors.
If you are at all waffling about signing up for this awesome event, get motivated and commit! The positive energy and people-watching will be amazing, whether you're a one-piece-suit-titanium-binding dork or a peruvian-hat-leather-boot-meadow skipper. Almost all of the course is within sight of the start/finish for good gawking by spouses/friends/dogs. Go to compete, or just go to ski the really fun course with friends. This is one of the few backcountry events in Cali and it's success will determine the likelihood of future events. Come to suffer. Come for the post-race party. Come to ski and then boulder at the Happies with your shirt off the next day. It's going to RULE!
Part of the intimidation of the event is the unfamiliarity of most of us with rando racing events (transitions, pacing, gear) -- just know that you can show up basically with your normal backcountry kit and still have a wonderful time on this stellar course on the Sherwins.
I love rando races! I am more in the heavy metal division than the Trab Euro onepiece race suit division but it is great fun. I just love trying to ski downhill on jelly legs after skinning uphill for two hours, over and over.
I will not get out to Mammoth for this one but i am looking forward to a bunch of events in the northeast this season.
Please post up reports, whoever races!