The 2011 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic is done.  I teamed up on route with fellow rookie Paige Brady, and in spite of a storm Monday night that sent us back to wait overnight under a spruce tree for better weather, we finished in second overall at 3 days, 12 hours, and 20 minutes.

The real story is Luc Mehl, John Sykes, Tyler Johnson, and Todd Kasteler, whose glacier route will hold up well in the ranks of race legends.  Perhaps more remarkably, Luc hauled a Canon 7D and created this video:

More next week, when I’m home with photos on the hard drive and more of a chance to process it all.


16 thoughts on “Finished

  1. Nice work, Dave. I enjoyed watching the Spot tracking page, and felt quite a relief when the track arrived at McKinley Park. Can’t wait to see pics and read tales. How do you feel about your prep, now?

    1. My prep was really solid. I was as strong uphill on Wednesday afternoon as on Sunday, not bad considering we slept around 10 hours all race.

  2. 2nd place on your first go…awesome accomplishment. Looking forward to hearing how the race went.

  3. Great job man! Seems that bringing some sleeping gear was a good idea after all. And that a decent amount of sleep really can get you quite far!

    And thanks for linking the video.

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