10,200' in the Pike National Forest
By MATT CARPENTER
Because Barr Camp is off the Barr Trail to the right, most runners in the race do not even see it. The camp serves as an excellent base camp for several days of intense altitude training if you can visit a week or so before the race. It offers many amenities: propane cook stoves, mattresses, filtered drinking water, picnic tables and even a well stocked library. After an All-You-Can-Eat breakfast you can take a morning run up and down the top portion of the Peak. I like to hang out at the summit house for an hour or so just breathing in the thin air. Back down at the camp after lunch bring your own lunches you can take a nap or for those with too much energy left after their run there is horseshoes, badminton and volleyball. In the evening take a run on an awesome trail, Elk Park Trail, that is mostly flat for 4 of its 6 miles for an easy 8-mile run. Close to the turn-around point at 4 miles (when you see the hill you will know why I call this the turn-around for an 8 mile run instead of going 2 miles farther to get in a 12 mile run) there is a sign that points to the half-mile long Oil Creek Tunnel into the side of the mountain bring a flashlight! Back at the cabin it will be time for the AYCE dinner. Finish the night sitting around a fire talking to others or just grab a book and doze off.
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