Just got back from Tahoe.
I ended up stopping after 25 hours.
I will be going back up again later this year for another attempt.
I'll probably need to beat a time by then?
Nothing was at fault but my own.
I just wasn't having fun.
Here goes the why.
Why I had to start at the hottest day of the year?
It was about 92*. Not bad, but not good.
Mosquitos, oh yeah, (about 100 bites on each leg).
The biggest thing was going over Dick's Pass.
Going counter clockwise met kicking foot holds for almost 3/4 mile.
Everyone goes the other way and just slides down to the lake and skirts the lake until they hit the trail, so there was no trail going my way.
Just the effort that was put in doing this made the muscles on my inner and outer hips kill from balancing in the snow.
You don't use those muscles much so once they hurt, I couldn't run any more.
That is unlike me, (not being able to run).
I got to Echo Lake right on time, (9:00pm), but spent much more effort with the heat and snow than what was needed.
Going from Echo to Big Meadows was a snow patch and watery mess.
It took 7 1/2 hours to go that 15 miles. I got lost a bunch of times.
Went back yesterday to do it during the day for a nice little hike and it was a piece of cake 4 1/2 hours in the day.
By the end of day one and 67 miles in, I was in no mood to continue the nightmare of mosquitos for another day.
My legs were just shot too, from going over the snow.
I decided to not kill myself, and knew that I was not going to be able to make it in under 60 hours by just doing a fast hike for 100 miles.
I don't think a sub 55 would be doable by me anyway, but a sub 60 is.
I'm already planning for it.