The trip over Crow Pass consists of two basic halves. The first half stays mostly above treeline, and traverses high alpine country on a moderately steep trail. The second half is pretty much flat and in the woods. Dividing the two halves is the Eagle River crossing, a 100-hard splash through swiftly-moving waist-deep glacial meltwater (about a half-mile from its source) at a temperature of about 0.00001 degree Celcius. Today, we ran the first half of the first half of the trail - the best part.
|Mackenzie, Andrew, Hanna, Toomas, Manon.|
|Into the clouds. Andrew, Mackenzie, Toomas, Hanna.|
|Across the pass.|
|That's Raven Glacier in the background.|
|Andrew catching air.|
|Toomas catching air, but less air than Andrew.|
|Mackenzie, not catching air.|
|Our turnaround point at the bridge over the gorge.|
|Question: Is Mackenzie catching air now?|
ps. Thank you to all of the nordic team for singing Happy Birthday to me today in the van. You're the best singers I know, and I really appreciated it! Especially Hanna, who sang it in fourteen languages and would have sung in Estonian but Toomas told her music hadn't yet been invented in Estonia.