Warning: the following words and images will allow you to vicariously see the world with the eyes of Sultan. Read at your own risk. The name Sultan has many meanings, but derives from the peak Sultan Mountain in Silverton, CO!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Looking Glass Look Around

Looking Glass Look Around
Distance: 43 Miles
Elevation Gain: 12,000 feet
Time: 12:30
Photos: by Matt Kirk

Looking Glass Rock is a pluton monolith in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. The mountain is located within Pisgah National Forest about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) northwest of Brevard and 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Asheville. Named for the way its granite face reflects the sunshine, it rises from the valley floor to an elevation of almost 4000 ft.

The Looking Glass Look Around is a 43 mile loop, run in the counter-clockwise direction, with 12,000 feet of elevation gain.  I knew I wasn't in top shape, but opted to punish the body with this loop as a training run.  We started at 7am, and I finished right at dark.  

I had a chance to see old hommies Matt, Kev, and MadA.  Met new peeps Phyllis, David, and Jeramy.  I was never able to catch up to early starters Lindsey and Tim!  Want to thank Lily and David for the aid stations!  Awesome weather, and great run!

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