Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ultra 2017 Update

My update is that I got into Lake Sonoma, and I am number 17 on the Barkley waitlist. I was 28 last year, and the list went 13 or 14 slots deep. That means I've got a shot. The worst possibility is if I get to be number 2 or 3 on the waitlist and then don't make the trip out there, but then my name gets called, that's apparently my shot, and I go to the back of the ~1200 person waiting list.
  • February 4, 2017 Rocky Racoon 100
  • March 4, 2017 Way Too Cool 50k 
  • March 11, 2017 Marin Ultra Challenge 50-Miler
  • April 1, 2017 Barkley Marathons 
  • Backup: April 1, 2017 Bone Tempest 
  • April 15, 2017 Lake Sonoma 50M
  • May 14, 2017 Quicksilver 100K 
  • June 24, 2017 San Juan Solstice 50 (lottery Jan 15-22)
  • July 14-16, 2017 Hardrock 100 
  • August 11-15, 2017 Bigfoot 200 
  • October 7, 2017 Euchre Bar Massacre
Anyway, I ran 2,178 miles in 2016. That's 10 miles more than the AT is long (or at least how long it was in 2002 when I hiked it) so I don't feel terrible, but it is a few hundred fewer miles than last year. With Hardrock, Bigfoot, and potentially Barkley, I hope to step it up in 2017. And read books, and stretch, and waste less time on the Internet, and wake up and get to work earlier, and publish my old paper on the military, and do regular push-ups and pull-ups and sit-ups, and everything else.

End 2016

GF and I wished 2016 good riddance together, which was fun. We had the house to ourselves for Christmas and after making pancakes and vegan (TVP) sausage Christmas morning, I found a discarded tree in perfectly good shape not half a block from my house. So we gave it a new home and decorated it with cut-outs from Science and the New Yorker.

We also went to see the SF Gay Men's Chorus at the Castro Christmas Eve. Camp is definitely, definitely not my style of humor, so mostly I enjoyed it for the fact that they, unlike MoTab, would pretty clearly not perform at the inauguration of the next president even if they'd been invited.

I finally managed to find GF a steel-framed bike that fits her (47.5cm Terry Symmetry), so that was her present. We took it for rides around the marina and Treasure Island.

We also went to Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. I didn't really know anything about it before going, I was just looking for nearby BLM land a month or so ago. I assumed there had to be some, and there is (see publiclands.org to find public land near you). BSM is just 90 minutes to the north, and then there's a patch just west of I-5 as you head south called Clear Creek, but apparently that'll give you cancer because there's so much asbestos in the soil, so no thanks. BSM is new (Thanks, Obama!) so it was hard to find information on it on the fly. It's Forest Service land in the north half, and BLM land in the south.  The Tuleyome non-profit's trail guide is the best resource for the southern BLM portion, and the standard FS maps of Mendocino NF and Snow Mountain Wilderness will get you through the northern FS, though the Snow Mountain Wilderness map is outdated and doesn't show the expanded coverage of the wilderness.

Anyway, if you're looking for easy dirtbagging as I like to do (sleeping in your truck on the edge of wilderness) I'd recommend both the north's Snow Mountain (FS) or the south's Cache Creek (BLM) wilderness area for a couple days of winter exploration, where you can get snowed on and potentially stuck on the top of Snow Mountain, or be in short sleeves among oaks and grassy slopes the same day. There's no granite, and I'm sure it's hot as hell in the summer, but off-season it was nice. There are a million places to car camp in Mendocino NF to the north, but we actually ended up coming home a day or two early because we kept striking out when looking for places to dirtbag on the edge of Cache Creek. All the sites along Highway 16 (Cowboy Camp, the Yolo County's Cache Creek Regional Park) were closed, with gates locked, and the bridge on Road 40 across Cache Creek itself is out. If you're on the west side along Berryessa Knoxville Road, I think you'll have better luck.