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5 Peaks mountaineering race

Five Peaks Mountaineering Race

February 22, 2014

Location: Breckenridge

Time: 6:30am

Website: BreckSpringFever.com

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5 Peaks is North America's longest ski mountaineering race, with 10,000 feet of vertical and five separate ascents in the Ten Mile Range behind (and in) Breckenridge Ski Resort. Eighty teams of two will skin, climb, ski, and traverse Peaks 10, 9, 8 (from two sides) and 7. It's the must-do race of the year!


NOTE:
BELOW ARE 2014 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS!
DUE TO WEATHER, LATE COURSE CHANGES ARE COMMON IN SKI MOUNTAINEERING RACES.  EXPECT THEM SO THAT YOU ARE NOT SURPRISED BY THEM!  ALL CHANGES WILL BE COMMUNICATED THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE AND AT THE START

Course is marked with green pin flags on climbs, red panels and pin flags on descents. Transitions are marked with green and red panels together and/or a course marshal. It is the responsibility of the racer to know the course: follow green up and red down.

COURSE MAPS TO BE POSTED LATER

LONG COURSE DESCRIPTION-Approx. 6000' of climbing
Start at Maggie Restaurant, next to Quicksilver Super 6, Base of Peak 9
Climb Lower Silverthorne>Frontier Trail>Red Rover>Flapjack
Pass below Cimarron Race Shack and continue up Carter Gulch on Flapjack
Exit ski area under boundary rope and continue climbing Carter Gulch to Carter Lake
Cross Carter Lake to base of Numbers Chute
Bootpack up Numbers Chute to top of Ballroom (this bootpack may be changed to another ascent)
Descend Ballroom, through gladed trees, to ski area pumphouse in Lehman Gulch just below bottom of Peak 10 Road
Skin Upper Lehman to top of Mercury Superchair to Windows Access Rd
At top of Windows Access Rd, stay within the ski area boundary and Traverse "Barney Rubble Road" to top of Twin Chutes
Descend Twin Chutes to the avalauncher between Peaks 8 and 9r
Ascend in and out of the trees of Way Out/Quandary to Chair 6 Warming Hut
Continue climbing groomed hiking trail toward top of Way Out and Double Barel
Wrap around to the northwest and cross the Lake at the bottom of Lake Chutes
Bootpack southern edge of Easy Street and continue ascending to top of Peak 8
Ski saddle/ridgeline to top of Peak 7
From top of Peak 7 descend The Dunes
At bottom of The Dunes traverse to the north toward Frisco
Skin to northbound toward Frisco on valley floor and ascend north shoulder of Peak 6.
Skin to top of Peak 6
Descend Intution to Barton Breezeway to Lost Horizon to Base of Peak 7 and Finish

CLIMBING STATISTICS (Vertical is approximate)
Climb 1 Start to top of Ballroom on Peak 10 = 2300'
Climb 2 Transition on Upper Lehman to top of Windows Road Peak 9 = 1000'
Climb 3 Avalauncher to top of Peak 8 = 1500'
Climb 4 Peak 7 = 200', mostly a traverse... boot pack to actual summit.
Climb 5 Peak 6 = 1000'
TOTAL VERTICAL GAIN = 6000'

SHORT COURSE DESCRIPTION-Approx. 3700' of climbing
Start at Maggie Restaurant, next to Quicksilver Super 6, Base of Peak 9
Climb Lower Silverthorne>Frontier Trail>Red Rover
At base of Falcon Superchair Short Course splits off from Long Course and continues up Lehman Gulch
Skin Lehman Gulch and merge back onto Long Course at pumphouse just below bottom of Peak 10 Road
Continue on Upper Lehman to top of Mercury Superchair to Windows Access Rd
At top of Windows Access Rd, stay within the ski area boundary and Traverse "Barney Rubble Road" to top of Twin Chutes
Descend Twin Chutes to the avalauncher between Peaks 8 and 9r
Ascend in and out of the trees of Way Out/Quandary to Chair 6 Warming Hut
Continue climbing groomed hiking trail toward top of Way Out and Double Barel
Wrap around to the northwest and cross the Lake at the bottom of Lake Chutes
Bootpack southern edge of Easy Street and continue ascending to top of Peak 8
Ski saddle/ridgeline to top of Peak 7
From top of Peak 7 descend The Dunes
At bottom of The Dunes traverse to the north toward Frisco
Intersect with Bliss and descend Biss to Deja Vu to Barton Breezeway to Lost Horizon to Base of Peak 7 and Finish
CLIMBING STATISTICS (Vertical is approximate)
Climb 1 Start to top of Windows Rd on Peak 9 = 2000'
Climb 2 Avalauncher to top of Peak 8 = 1500'
Climb 3 Peak 7 = 200', mostly a traverse... boot pack to actual summit.
TOTAL VERTICAL GAIN = 3700'

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