Atacama Crossing Blogs 2023
Atacama Crossing (2023) blog posts from Jack Fierstadt
23 September 2023 08:59 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago
Well we finally made it to Camp 1 this evening. We are in a very beautiful canyon and the sun is beginning to set. I spent the last hour getting setup for this evening and getting sorted for Stage 1 tomorrow. I just finished up an interesting dinner and will begin hydrating as the RD announced at the briefing that there will be a bit of a heatwave this week. I sure hope my heat trading in SoCal this summer as paid off. Starting tomorrow at a little over 10,000 feet will be a challenge but my plan is start slow and try to pick up the pace depending on the heat and condition.
19 September 2023 09:05 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago
Tommorow I depart for RTP Atacama 2023. It has been a long road to show up ready to go and I hope I can conquer this course again. It is hard to believe that the first time I finished this difficult race was 2007. Since that time I have completed many other races but I had a major issue in Namibia last time around. I really focused on my training schedule this year and ran through a very wet winter for California and trained, on purpose, this summer in 100 degree plus days spending hours on the trail. Please send all of your good thoughts my way as I apprecaite all of them and your encouragment often keeps me going when I feel the next steps will be difficult. I very much look forward to connecting with other competitors that I have known throughout the years and support personnel that always welcomed me with smiles as I arrived at checkpoints. Jack