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View All Posts 2022 From : Narayan Bharadwaj
14 August 2022 06:09 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius
Stage 1 was the textbook definition of technical trails - we had a healthy dose of everything! - rocks, uphill, downhill, roots, water crossings, duck boards, dirt road - you name it!!! I did stage 1 with my friend Sumanth and finished it with him!
Start line to Checkpoint 1- Drain that Swamp!!!
Within 500 meters of the start line we were faced with a nasty Marsh that we had to cross. The Marsh had a very narrow duck board which was submerged and had moss on it! The first few who walked on it slipped and fell into the ice cold water! The rest of us quickly formed a line and crossed in single file very very slowly. No waterproof socks can help when your legs are in ankle deep water! The rest of the course to CP 1 was easy and we made good time!
Checkpoint 1 to 2 - Rock 'n Roll!
The difficulty level of this part of the course was marked as "Very difficult" and it proved to be just that, the entire distance of 15k! The climb to the Pallas fell was long and rocky. The downhill was equally rocky and it took us a long time to get across this stage.
Checkpoint 2 to 3- Back to roots!
Reaching CP2 was a relief but it was short lived as the entire course from 2 to 3 was full of roots. It was a beautiful forest but made it difficult to run without falling!
Checkpoint 3 to Camp 2- Take me home, Country roads!
This was an easy dust road and we made good time reaching the base camp! Long day but glad to have made it without any injuries. It was a gnarly trail and it would have been extremely easy to get injured! One day at a time!!
The camp is on shores of the beautiful Pallas lake and is very pretty! Tomorrow is 24 miles and looks to be mostly runnable trail! Will see how that goes!