Over the past few years an elite category of athletes have requested a challenge that will rise to a standard worthy of their training. So here it is - an experience that tests your physical endurance and calls on your mind and spirit for endurance.
Continental Divide Trail
The trip begins in the foothills of the mighty San Juan Mountains. On the first day we steadily climb up through the forest, meandering along beautiful streams, and emerge above the timberline. For the majority of the trip we hike the gorgeous Continental Divide trail, dazzled by an array of spectacular peaks rising on both sides. As we continue along the trail, we encounter one beautiful valley after another. These valleys channel water toward the Gulf of Mexico on the East and the Pacific Ocean on the West.
If we make good time, we drop down off the Continental Divide Trail and spend a day at Trout Lake, a charming spot to fish, relax, and visit with the folks on the Adult Challenge II trip - that is, if we've been fast enough to catch them.
Hot Springs and Full Course Feast
Each day the hiking begins just after sunrise. We put in ten to twelve miles a day, finishing by early afternoon to avoid the storms that could catch us above timberline. Locations like Knife's Edge add to the excitement of this challenging adventure. Be prepared to face a variety of weather conditions, rugged trails that never seem to end, and several imposing mountain passes before descending back into the foothills.
At the end of the trail, we head into town and soak our weary bones in the healing mineral waters of Pagosa Hot Springs - recently designated in the Guinness Book of World Records as the deepest in the world. Afterwards, we travel back to the lodge for a feast of grilled steaks, roasted corn on the cob, baked potatoes, fresh salad, garlic bread, and buckets of iced tea.
So long distance runners, tri-athletes, and well-conditioned weekend warriors, here is your chance.
Men and Women (Minimum Age 18)
29 July - 4 August 2018
$100.00 due at registration
$550.00 due by July 8
Must include brief resume of physical achievements & physical conditioning program along with registration form