About the event
Old Gabe and Blanket Chief are both nicknames for Jim Bridger who lived in the wild west from 1822 (age 17) until 1867. He was the first non-native to describe Salt Lake, South Pass and the current pass for I-80 going into Salt Lake City. He explored the Gallatin Valley area and trapped in the area in the 1840's. He has lots of things named for him including the Old Gabe 30K/50K and the Jim Bridger Trail Run (10 miles, generally the week after the 30K/50K). This is a great run on its own or as part of a training plan for other mountain runs.
The 30K and 50K runs start at 6:00am on Saturday, June 13th, 2020. The start/finish is located at the Middle Cottonwood trail head.
Local time: 3:01 AM
Aid Stations: Middle Cottonwood (full and drop bag), Saddle Pass (water, gel, electrolyte), Truman Gulch trail head (full and drop bag), Sypes Saddle (water, gel, electrolyte), and Sypes trail head (full and drop bag).
Drop Bags: Middle Cottonwood, Truman, and Sypes. Please clearly mark bags and we will deliver to the appropriate trail head on race morning.
Course: All runner’s Middle Cottonwood to Saddle Pass. Descend the South Bostwick (snow will be present). Line of sight to the opposing ridge will keep you on the course. Descend the North Bostwick and continue into Truman Gulch (snow and mud will be present). Course is marked where needed. The first full aid station and drop bag is located at the Truman Gulch trail head. All runner’s depart Truman Gulch trail head and return via the same route to the Middle Cottonwood trail head. 30K finish. 50K refuel for Sypes. 50K runner’s leave Middle Cottonwood trail head (cut-off is 12:00pm). At approx. 1.5 miles you will find an intersection with an immediate creek crossing (south). After crossing the creek the climb to Sypes Saddle will begin. Descend from Sypes Saddle to the Sypes trail head (cut-off is 3pm) for full aid and/or drop bag. Return to Middle Cottonwood for the 50K finish. Pat yourself on the back and make sure you are grinning when you cross the finish line. You just finished maybe the toughest 50K in the world!!