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Warpigsinfin: March 20, 2010 Uphill: 7,500 ft. | Downhill: 7,500 ft.Today was the 10th Annual "U.S. National Ski Mountaineering Championships" at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. This was my third time "racing" and it was a MISERABLY GOOD TIME.
The gear heads were out in full force with the lightest, fastest Rando Racing set ups available. I entered the "Heavy Metal" division which completes the same course as the hardcore racers but on more traditional BC ski gear. I got second.
The race kicked off at 8 a.m. and it was very CRUSTY. 7500' vert of climbing and descents down some rugged JHMR terrain. Even the typically mellow terrain was gnarly on account of gigantic ice moguls, rocks and bushes everywhere, and occassional gigantic dirt patches at lower elevations.
The painful highlight,as usual, was booting up and out of Corbet's Couloir before a 4,300' descent from top to bottom of JHMR. 5 transitions to downhill mode and 4 back to uphill mode made quick turnovers a big part of the race... I definitely should have worked on that... ooooops.
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