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1  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 CTR Discussion Thread. on: August 03, 2019, 11:17:51 AM
Iím here at the Twin Lakes trailhead getting my gear packed to hike the Collegiate Peaks Loop, Corrie Smith from Anchorage just now rolled on through northbound. Her SPOT flew off of her mount on her bike at some point and is waiting for her further up the trail. Sheís in good spirits and looking strong! Go Corrie!

2  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2019 CTR Preparation & Plannning on: July 15, 2019, 08:55:12 AM
I had a really surreal dream last night, which is rare for me.

I had made it to Silverton in great time....but when I looked down at my bike, there was nothing on it.  No bags, no extra clothes, no lights, nothing...only (scantily clothed) me and a bare bike.  Apparently I had been so rushed at the start I had forgot to carry anything with me.  I found some bike/ski shop in silverton and was scrambling around trying to find warm pants to buy, but all they had were bib-length swim the kind they wear in the olympics to go faster.  I started continuously cursing myself for being so stupid and absent minded, and then the dream ended.  Fun times.


I need a better water filter setup for next year.  I used a sawyer mini, but filling the plastic bag was a total pain in the ass.  It would take forever to get the bag full (even when there was enough water to dunk it in), I'd get my gloves/hands all wet, then would have to screw on the filter, and squeeze the bag into my camelback bladder to get ~12oz worth of water.  Then unscrew everything, refill bag....etc and repeat 5-8 more times to get a full bladder.

Maybe I'm just doing it wrong?  Should I attach the filter in line with my camelback hose, and fill the camelback with stream water and make it filter while I'm drinking?  Or is there another faster/easier solution/product?

Also would like to find a GPS unit to use that will either last ~4 days continuously, or has replaceable batteries with long life.  Did it last year with the guidebook and pulling out my phone with trailforks to double check.  Took one wrong turn that cost me an hour and 8 extra miles and also spent way too much time stopped looking at book/phone making sure I was going the right way.  Is an etrek the best option, or any other recommendations?  I have a wahoo elemnt, I suppose I could wire it up with an external AA battery pack, but no idea what the usage would be.

Throw the Sawer ďbagĒ away. That thing is a pain. The sawyer mini has threads that match any soda or disposable water bottle, use one bottle as a non-treated water bottle and fill others from it. You still have to squeeze the water bottle but itís way easier that the bag. As far as GPS Iíd be looking at eTrex20. If you want more info go eTrex30 but I found more info just eating at my mind on Tour Divide as I flipped through screens anticipating climbs etc. wasted mental energy. eTrex20 has all you need, is rock solid, and if you turn the backlight completely off will last quite some time.

Iím in Colorado and play in the high country daily. Iíve been in a tent for a few weeks now at 10,000í-12,500í here around Steamboat, thereís definitely a lot of snow left in this area but as Stefan speculated, most of it is hikeable. Watch out for trap doors near rock piles that heat up during the day and near logs where the rotten snow can give way and branches can puncture or snare your leg etc. All in all itís tough travel out there, I just came in from some nights on the CDT last night, but, itís doable.
3  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: CTR 2018 Race Discussion Thread on: August 02, 2018, 04:45:58 PM
I see Jeff Kerkove is now officially marked a scratch, any news on what may have happened? He was having a great run at it.
4  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: CTR 2018 Race Discussion Thread on: August 02, 2018, 12:20:46 PM
Timon dot bouncing at the finish....Congrats on a great race!
5  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: CTR 2018 Race Discussion Thread on: July 31, 2018, 07:19:43 PM
It looks like Timon is headed off route (hopefully a tracking error, but he's on a road.  And the boss, Jefe, is now in second!  Lots of strong riders out there, in the ladies race as well.  Wondering if anyone is going to crack.  Woo hoo, dot watching

Looks like Timon is back on track at this point but it didnít look like a tracking error to me. Looked like he missed a turn, glad to see he caught it and corrected it especially with 3 horsemen charging after him. This race has been high excitement!
6  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: CTR 2018 Race Planning and Discussion on: July 07, 2018, 04:47:54 PM
Where can I find the official route, minus the detours?

Iím going to be leaving on the 18th, figured Iíd be able to find and download the detours somewhere on route.



All the info you need is posted and linked to here:

The official GPX file is on Toby Gadds blog here(which is linked to on the previous link I posted):

7  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: Ultra Racing Calendar (sticky thread) on: July 04, 2018, 12:09:28 PM
Heya Scott,
  Just a quick note, and a quick fix, I believe "Navad100" should be "Navad1000" on the race listing.
8  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: CTR 2018 Race Planning and Discussion on: June 28, 2018, 02:27:42 PM
I used a snowboard lock for Tour Divide, didn't use a lock for AZTR or CTR, just google "snowboard lock" and you'll see them, it's another lightweight option.
9  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2017 AZTR300/750 Race Discussion Thread on: April 14, 2017, 12:04:20 PM
Looks like Justin's almost at the bottom of the ditch. Go go go!

I gotta do the 750 again next year.... going nuts watching it from the sidelines....
10  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2017 AZTR300/750 Race Discussion Thread on: April 10, 2017, 03:59:41 PM
Nice job on your 300 ITT Mark, nice Yeti!   Wink icon_biggrin thumbsup
11  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: AZT 750/300 2017 Planning Thread on: March 01, 2017, 03:44:22 PM
I really hope you mean 6 Celsius!
I was hoping to just bring a wind breaker and a puffy jacket for this 'balmy desert ride'. Wink

Ha! I wish it would have been 6 Celcius Smiley was definitely 6F and I was shivering at points in the night in my 20* quilt bag and SOL breathable bivvy.

Hope all's well with you Addy. Smiley
12  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: AZT 750/300 2017 Planning Thread on: March 01, 2017, 03:31:38 PM
Dude? You said breezy 76* with a night time low of 48*. I built my entire survival and sleep system at those temps.

The coldest night I spent on the 750 was near snowbowl, it got down to 6 degrees at around 8000' and then snowed on me a couple inches in the rim country outside Tusayan. I would not bank on it being 48* low temps at night on the higher sections of the AZT.
13  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 AZTR300/750 Race Discussion Thread on: April 29, 2016, 09:55:47 AM
Way to go John S!!! Great job!!! Smiley
14  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 AZTR300/750 Race Discussion Thread on: April 24, 2016, 10:00:27 PM
Like Bug Shield said, Used some poor judgement about 3mi out of Pine. I'm 95% sure it's a deep muscle bruise & not a hairline fracture. I'll get an Xray tomorrow just to know how long the recovery time will be.
 I believe the best call is, if you have to think about a riding a downhill after 12hr plus on the bike DON'T!

 Huge Props to Scott & all the trail angles who make this event possible.
 A special thanks to the vols resupply the water caches.  I can't even imagine the expense in time & dollars these peeps put in, I bet the ware & tear on the vehicles make their repair shop a lot of $$$

Damn Mike, sorry to hear you had to pull the plug but understandable. Was really pulling for you this year, it was a pleasure to watch your SPOT. Wish I could have been out there on the 750 again with you this year.. it's been driving me batty watching this from the armchair! Can't wait for my move to Alaska in a couple of weeks so I can get settled and strap on the bags.
15  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: March 04, 2016, 03:06:02 PM
On the subject of corrupted tracks, it can happen. What I began doing after a scare on Tour Divide was to back up the track(s) I'll need for the race. So I'll put it on my memory card and on internal memory, 2 separate mediums. And rename the backup track with _Backup_ attached to both the file name and the track display name so as not to confuse the Garmin. That way if my memory card or internal memory fails or the track simply corrupts I can load up the backup and keep rolling. Works well for me.
16  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: March 03, 2016, 09:26:32 PM
I've got a Garmin Edge 510, it doesn't have the space to load the whole AZT topofusion file, I've tried, but maybe others have had luck. i could try to load passages I'm unfamiliar with, aka everything south of the Mogollon Rim.

I'm guessing the issue you're having is that you are not using a pre-simplified version of the track. Most(if not all) Garmins can only use tracks with up to 10,000 points. There are pre-simplified versions provided by Scott available here:

The file you'll want for the AZTR750 is:

This is the current route simplified to 10k points and should load on your Garmin. I also put the snow routes gpx on my Garmin last year for the 750, it was nice to know which way to go when I got to the north rim.
17  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: February 29, 2016, 08:54:33 PM
FWIW... I really liked using a tump line in the canyon last year. Added it to my backpack. With hip strap, shoulder straps, and a tump line I was able to move the load around to different parts of the body and give other parts a break.
18  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: February 23, 2016, 08:53:59 PM
I ran Maxxis Ardent EXO TR front and rear for AZTR750 last year and after running a Maxxis IKON 2.35 EXO TR rear in the CTR I'd go back to AZTR with IKON 2.35 rear and Ardent front. For TDR, AZTR, and CTR the Maxxis compounds really did well. Ran IKON 2.2's on the Divide.
19  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Arizona Trail Race AZTR planning thread on: February 23, 2016, 01:52:23 PM
I'm curious what type of mechanical issues have past 750 finishers, or not, encountered along the route. I'm definitely interested in getting into this, however I haven't done a long race like this before and am unsure of the toll it would take on my bike.

Last year on the first day a big stick jumped up in my spokes passing by the tank on Canello Road, it ripped my spoke out at the thread. Didn't want to compromise my tubeless setup so I left it as it was and rode on it. Also had a leaking front brake that started on day one that got progressively worse each day until I had really no front brake. Hobbled it in to Tucson on those two mechanicals and got fixed up. No more mechanicals for the rest of my 750.
20  Forums / Ultra Racing / Re: 2016 Tour Divide Preparation on: February 22, 2016, 04:07:45 PM
Does trackleaders support that technology the same as the regular Spot trackers?

Scott/Matt made Trace an option for rentals from Trackleaders for both the AZTR and CTR last year so yes, SPOT trace should be supported. That being said I am not affiliated with Trackleaders so if you need an absolutely official answer I'd drop Scott/Matt an email.
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