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George Bullen: 24-HOUR FINISHER 2018 3-Peak Challenge

 

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About Your Experience:

"The 3 peak challenge was one of the most gratifying and challenging things I have ever done. We started at 4:30am in the morning at Mt Baldy and finished at San Jacinto at 4:05am the next day. It took us almost a full day to finish the challenge but we got it done with 25 minutes to spare! On the first two mountains we spent time taking pictures and enjoying the views but we quickly realized on San Gorngonio that we were running out of time. So what did we do? We decided to run! We ran from San Gorgonio peak to the bottom where we parked our car. We quickly hoped in and drove to San Jacinto. While we drove to San Jacinto the sun set and we realized that this next mountain would have to be done completely in the dark. We got on some warmer gear, put on our headlamps and headed out for the trail head around 10pm. We ran the flat portions of the trail and hiked the steeper portions. The trail had an eerie feeling at night. The only thing that we could hear was the sound of our breath and our own footsteps. We eventually made it to the top at around 2am. We quickly took our pictures and then set off for the final descent. With only 2 and a half hours remaining to complete the challenge we decided to run down the mountain like we had previously done at San Gorgonio. After being up for more then 24 hours our decision making was not the best and we got lost a couple of times but we eventually found our way back to the trailhead and finished the 3 peak challenge!"

Challenge Highlight:

"The first two mountains were a lot of fun! The 3rd and final mountain, San Jacinto proved to be the toughest. After already traveling 30 miles on foot we were tired and ready to go home. Having to run/hike another mountain at night and in the cold took a lot of mental toughness and determination to get done."

 

San Jacinto:

jacinto summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Marion Mountain
Date at Trailhead: 19 May 18
Time at Trailhead: 10:07pm
Date at Summit: 20 May 18
Time at Summit: 2:03am
Date at Trail End: 20 May 18
Time at Trail End: 4:05am

 

San Gorgonio:

gorgonio summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Vivian creek trail
Date at Trailhead: 19 May 18
Time at Trailhead: 11:27
Date at Summit: 19 May 18
Time at Summit: 5:24pm
Date at Trail End: 19 May 18
Time at Trail End: 8:41pm
Transition Time to the Next Trailhead: 1h 5m

 

Mt. Baldy:

Mt Baldy summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Devils Backbone
Date at Trailhead: 19 May 18
Time at Trailhead: 4:30am
Date at Summit: 19 May 18
Time at Summit: 7:47
Date at Trail End: 19 May 18
Time at Trail End: 10:42
Transition Time to the Next Trailhead: 1h 35m

Running on Baldy
Running on Baldy.

posing with flag
Land of the free home of the brave.

Running to make the cutoff time
Running to make the cutoff time

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