Today I went out for my first Iron Cross - a route suggested by Rob Rives, and likely only attempted by those who live near Camel's Hump and hike it constantly. I've dreamed of doing it for about two years and it was truly a mental and physical challenge. I'm not absolutely certain this is the fastest anybody has done this, but I was really proud of my adventure today and wanted to throw it up for the FKT. I'm sure it can be done faster, but it won't be a walk in the park :)
Today the conditions were cold, wet, fallen-leafy, with a drizzle of rain. I went in without expectations - and a bit of fear - knowing how hard the terrain was and how cold and wet it would be. I have been so grateful to see and support my friends pushing themselves out of their comfort zones with gnarly ultras in rough conditions this fall, and I felt really motivated to do the same and squeeze this in before winter hits in the mountains (tomorrow, by the looks of it). Running and romping with friends has kept me joyful this summer and fall, but it's also nice to mix it up and do a solo sufferfest here and there.
Drank about 16oz per hour. Refilled directly from mt streams, no filtering. Had about 200-250 cal per hour... trail bars, clif gels, and quesadilla.