Thinking of the Grand Loop for '08? Yea, me too. The golden gem of '07 get's my attention for another year. Can you say SS?
Last year I did it not once but twice. Since it was a low snow year I figured I'd bust it out early in mid-May. Wow, that turned out to be a real learning experience - that saga is among these posts: http://2-epic.com/?cat=20.
Snowpack this year is an entirely different beast. Just in case your head has been in the sand...it's BIG. Some facts:
- GL has never been done in a high snowpack year
- 2 weeks prior to race start last year the snow was 10' deep in the shady parts of the Tab singletrack. Been there done that.
- Snowpack right now is much deeper than at any point last year.
Springtime weather has a lot to do with how much snow remains at 10k' in late May so it's a waiting game. But, the alarm has been triggered for this GL hopeful.
Here's the visual for last years snowpack near the high point on the Tab:
Same place right now:
It's the blue lines we are concerned with. Getting my drift?
I'll be keeping things flexible come GLR time this year. Hitting the Tab at the 220 mile marker and being unable to continue last spring was one of those things need not repeat. Mid June this year? Time will tell.