Summits - FYI
-- Pauls Travels - Ha.
The traditional race summit has a new locked gate. 4" pipe on a narrow section with drop off on one side. Location is south of the summit and south of the gully crossing. Bike passage with a belay may be possible??
Found it 1/16/19. A local arrived by coincidence and he had a key. Saved my day to avoid a multiple mile backup and low fuel would have required support from San Felipe and an overnight stay - sigh. Another epic trip.
BTW, north of the summit the newest road up the ridge has washouts mid track but is passable with high clearance. The ranch near the summit appears to be abandoned.
Mini summit is as it was last year. Hard core 4x4 with winches required going downhill, Expect body damage like we all had. Nobody has gone westbound in many years. May be possible now days (not by me) due to constant erosion that continues?
That’s too bad about the ranch @ summit being abandoned. I spent the night up there prerunning for the 500 a couple years ago after I drove the car into no mans land where the burned out cars are. No Bs the guy made us coffee, dinner(cup of noodles), played guitar. Woke up and he pulled us out with his izusu. Hopefully the course runs through there so I can see for myself!
Both times the races were rerouted. I drove the course for both times a race was cancelled. Both times I had no issue. Yup, there are some bad places to avoid.
Strange evaluation by the marking crew?? Unfamiliar markers chose off route track instead of the traditional track both times. Mark the bad places "wrong way" and all would have been good.