Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge

2015 UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge
     For 2015 we are offering a new and unique challenge called the UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge.

     Here's the scoop: The Route is an out and back from the East Bank Trailhead off Highway 20 in the North Cascades to the north end of Ross Lake and back. Here's the catch: you must summit Desolation Peak twice, on both the out and the back. So the complete route is East Bank Trail to the Desolation Peak trail, summit Desolation (a hike, not a climb), then head up Lightning Creek all the way to the Hozameen Campground, touch the monument at the Canadian Border, then reverse the route, including summiting Desolation a second time. That's the Body part.

     Here's the Mind part: Jack Kerouac spent 63 days during the summer of 1956 as a fire lookout on Desolation Peak. He wrote about his experiences in the books Lonesome Traveler, The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels. To complete the UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge you must read or listen to one or more of the works attributed to this period in Kerouac's career, and in your trip report tie in your experience on the trail to one of the books. This can be done in any way you see fit, through words, pictures, video, song, whatever expression you choose. Anyone who completes the route, reading, and writing assignment will receive a one of a kind finisher's patch.

     The entry fee for the 2015 UltraPedestrian Mind/Body Challenge is $10.00 per person. All proceeds beyond the cost of patches and shipping costs will go to support UltraPedestrian.com and the UltraPedestrian Podcast.

How to participate in the 2015 UP Mind/Body Challenge:

1. Sign up on Ultrasignup.com before Sunday, November 1st, 2015.

2. Between the dates of Thursday, June 4th, 2015 and Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 complete the reading, the route itself, and your artistic expression, whatever form it may take.

3. Email your proof and documentation to UltraPedestrian@gmail.com with the subject line, "2015 UPM/BC PROOF & DOCUMENTATION" no later than Saturday, December 5th, 2015.

4. Visit UltraPedestrian.com and Ultrasignup.com on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 for complete results.

5. Watch your mailbox for your UPM/BC commemorative patch.

Complete results will be posted on UltraPedestrian.com on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Patches will be mailed out soon thereafter.

     We strongly encourage all entrants to join the UPWC Facebook Group to ask questions about the routes, gather and share trail beta, connect with other UPWC participants, scope out the competition, and keep up to date on the most recent news, information, and general goings on. Otherwise, please post any questions below in the 'comments' section.

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