Did I really want to trade fat skis and epic conditions for dynamic rope and ascenders? Yet, joining fun-loving dirt baggers in the desert for five days of all-out crack climbing sure sounded like the right way to spend spring break.
Larsen, who in 2010 was the first person in history to successfully complete expeditions to the South Pole, North Pole and the summit of Mount Everest in a continuous 365-day period, described it as “one of the most difficult expeditions” he has undertaken.
If you are really serious about being a part of the scene, consider one of the race’s hospitality packages. They range from spots at each start to luxe lodgings along the way to opportunities to race the course along with coaches and mechanics.