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1:47 p.m. on October 14, 2013 (EDT)
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Yesterday was a beautiful fall day for the Sugarloaf Mountain Uphill Climb in Maine. The race ended above the clouds at the summit (second highest in Maine).


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Yes, that is a cast on my left hand, which I broke running a week before. It will be OK.

3:15 p.m. on October 14, 2013 (EDT)
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I love these pics. Being a flat lander, I look at the top picture and think of a whale rising out of the ocean.

Being a caver, I've broken my wrist a couple of times. :P

7:25 p.m. on October 14, 2013 (EDT)
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For us West Coasters, Sugarloaf IS flatland!

7:36 a.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Cool pictures Alicia, makes me want to trail run

8:10 a.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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giftogab said:

For us West Coasters, Sugarloaf IS flatland!

 Given the highest point of elevation in my county is 695', it's all mountains to me.

8:38 a.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Any day that gets you above the clouds is a corker.

11:11 a.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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G00SE said:

giftogab said:

For us West Coasters, Sugarloaf IS flatland!

 Given the highest point of elevation in my county is 695', it's all mountains to me.

 HAHAH! Yes...perspective for sure.

11:55 a.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks for the comments, all. A corker it was, with peak foliage below.

Goose, those mountains in the background are the Bigelows, a great spot and site of my first Maine backpacking trip two decades ago. By the way, even if your land is relatively flat, you get down inside and under it, which is impressive.

4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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How high are you in that picture? It looks like a sea of clouds in the distance giving the impression of much being much higher. How long was the race and how did you do? There's a race up Marathon Mountain in Alaska and they say going up is hard but the getting down is harder. Its in Seward see:

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6:00 p.m. on October 15, 2013 (EDT)
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I've read about that race, Gary. It's pretty tough.

Sugarloaf is 4,249 feet. The Bigelows behind are 4,145 and 4,088 feet. So, just a bit lower. There were a few other 4,000-footers poking though in other directions.

The race was around 3 miles (maybe less) from the baselodge to the summit, covering 2,800 feet or so in elevation.

Considering I was one-handed on a steep ski trail, I did OK. Way better than if'd just stayed at home, that's for sure. It was a great hike down with the family too.

11:16 p.m. on October 16, 2013 (EDT)
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Way to go Alicia!  The view definitely was better than what I got a little south at Sunday River.  The mountain was covered in a shroud of fog the whole morning. It was a lot of work to run to the top of all 8 peaks without even a hint of a view.  But the race was awesome.  Definitely a grinder.  Glad your race went well too, cast and all!

6:54 a.m. on October 17, 2013 (EDT)
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Thanks, Brent! Glad you got up in the clouds, if not out of them, too.

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