Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baldy hill climbers ready to head up

Over 3,000 vertical feet Saturday


Warm Springs will be a busy place Saturday, Sept. 24. It's the staging area for the 33rd annual Baldy Hill Climb.

The hill climb includes racing and hiking, mountain biking and children's races. Organized by the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, the event is part of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival.

Starting at 10 a.m. (hiking recreational class) and 11 a.m. (racing class), the traditional 1.86-mile, 3,140-vertical foot ascent begins from the 5,880-foot Warm Springs base to Baldy's 9,020-foot summit.

The "Cheeso Baldy Double" named for the late SVSEF coach Craig Kjesbo features an 8:30 a.m. mountain bike race from St. Luke's Hospital up Cold Springs Perimeter Trail to Warm Springs, followed by a hiking race to the top.

A free Kinderclimb for kids 11-and-younger begins at 9:30 a.m. at Warm Springs.

Final entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday at the SVSEF office in Warm Springs, or The Elephant's Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum, and Sturtevants in Ketchum/Hailey. You can also register at spondoro.com.

There will be no race day registration this year. Fee is $25, checks to SVSEF (726-4129 or  HYPERLINK "http://www.svsef.org" www.svsef.org). All participants receive a t-shirt, summit aid station, download lift service (no bikes) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the 12:30-2 p.m. awards party at Apple's Bar & Grill, Warm Springs, Ketchum.

Last year, there were 224 climbers (125 hiking, 99 racing) plus 47 bikers.

Race climb winners were Morgan Arritola (39:53) and Miles Fink-Debray (36:23). Cheeso Double winners among 28 were Bill Nurge (1.51:08) and Sara Schroeder (2.20:38). Top bikers were Matt Luhn (1.05:35) and Schroeder (1.24:18).




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