Looking across American Basin at Handies Peak. The first storm is building just to the left.
We dropped off the hill, cross Hwy 550, the Million Dollar Highway, so named because of the millions of dollars of gold in the roadbed itself. We then crossed Mineral Creek and began the climb up to Putnam/Lime Creek Ridge. This was the first climb of 13 to reach over 12,000 of elevation. That was also the last time I had dry feet until I reached Ouray at about 12:45 AM at mile 44.
Grant/Swamp Pass, mile 14.9 at an elevation of 12,920 ft.
After Chapman's Aid Station the first mile is pretty gently with only about 300 feet of elevation gain. From there the trail begins to kick up significantly. In the final 2 miles the trail climbs 2,660 feet over some of the most difficult terrain in the race. And then, there are the two snow fields that have to be traversed.
Oscar's Pass, Mile 21.3 at 13,140 ft.