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TransRockies 3-day 2019 - Stage Two

TransRockies stage two was the shortest day at 13.3 miles, and it was also the biggest climb and highest altitude day topping out at 12,500 feet over Hope Pass. When we signed up for the race, this was one of the highlights that made me excited about the course. Leadville 100 crosses Hope Pass two times and I'd heard stories about it, so I wanted to check it out on my own two feet.

We prepped all of our gear for the second day before we went to bed, including filling our hydration packs, which made it much easier to get going in the early morning. I slept really poorly that first night in part due to nerves and in part due to someone snoring in the next tent over. I was nervous about not hearing my alarm if I used ear plugs, but in hindsight I should have used them anyway. We woke up around 5 am to get ready, pack up camp, eat breakfast, and get the shuttle to the start. We boarded one of the earliest buses; this turned out to be a great idea because we didn't have the terribl…

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