|Round Mountain Summit|
We met at the trail head at 5:30 am amidst a wet fog and mixed hail and snow. A surprisingly large group showed up for the early start in such cold and wet conditions (The FCTR are a hardy and commited group). The first couple trips up went smoothly and it was nice to be able to come back to car to make wardrobe adjustments and grab something to eat and drink.
Laps 3, 4 and 5 got progressively harder and I mostly hiked the last trip up to the summit. On my 3rd trip up, on a particularly slippery, rocky section, Scott passed me heading down and said with total sincerity, "This is the most awesome thing ever." I repeated this statement to myself many times over the next 19 miles and was thankful to be reminded why I do these things.