45K - LAKE 69
45K - LAKE 69 DESCRIPTION
Although you will be starting a couple of hours before sunrise, to take advantage of the cool of the morning. You will be running through the heat of the day, the sun here is about as brutal as anywhere on the planet, come prepared.
Competitors get the chance to spread out on a dirt track through an avenue of pine trees as they press towards the trail along a contouring irrigation ditch to the PNH entrance just 2Ks away. Once inside the park there is a short section of dirt road to the Pre-Inca trail of Maria Josefa through the cloud forest, you´ll be glad for some shade as the sun is going to be super hot, scolding in fact. Minutes inside the cloud forest you will be glad to reach your first PA (Aid Station) before crossing the cascading Llanganuco river on a wooden bridge. Here through the cloud forest you will find a combination of rolling earthy sections and rocky step sections, pace yourself, chose when to run and when to climb hard. Plunging out of the cloud forest at 3850m, you reach the most famous of the Llanganuco Lakes - Chinancocha (Girl Lake), do not be tempted to go for a boat ride, but turn left at the lake to reach the dirt road again. You will be on the dirt road again alongside the lake (unless you want to swim the lake) until the start of Orgoncocha Lake (Boy Lake) where you will gain your second aid station. Refuel and continue on this dirt road, take advantage of the dirt road and find your running rhythm alongside Orgoncocha lake, because when you hit the VERTICAL past Cebollapampa, if you did not...you will wish that you had. On the hard right hand turn past Orgoncocha Lake, ignore the road and instead head straight on down a dirt single track that will run parallel to the river until you reach the Henostroza PA at Cebollapampa, this is the main aid station, and somewhere that you can send a drop bag with your vegan diet, toothbrush, lubricant and perfume.
Here keep the river on your left and head up the valley, sections of this are eminently runnable, until you get to the back of the valley where you will have three sets of switchbacks to contend with before a long traverse left, with views of a large waterfall from the pampa below Lake 69. A short set of rocky switchbacks will pop you through a col to the less than impressive lake 68. This is NOT your target ( This is not UT68), but there is some good easy running past this lake. After crossing a stream, keep your eyes peeled for Viscachas (rabbit/squirrel cross) in the rocky ridge on your right. Skirt Left under the huge cliffs of Chacaraju mountain to reach another set of 3 switch backs, but now at a more brutal altitude and rather more challenging underfoot. Pace yourself. Lake 69 is something to behold. 69 Aid station is here to welcome you. Revel in your smugness, that those who chose to do the 80K had to continue another 300m up from here on some of the most brutal terrain they will ever see on an Ultra.
Now open up those legs and see if you can get down in 42mins or less to Cebollapampa, that is Charlie´s record.
Again take advantage of the Henostroza main base station, then cross the bridge to Pisco refuge but keep left along the river once crossed, for a single track back down the other side of the river to mix it up a bit.
Back at the Orgoncocha aid station you will be shown another section of Pre-Inca trail down past the Yuyucochas (Baby Lakes), past high altitude Cacti forest and swirling river back to Orgoncocha. Again run alongside the lake to regain the same route back down through the cloud forest, to your last aid station again on the wooden Bridge. Here you will be guided to a very little known and overgrown section of Inca Trail down through more cloud forest to Rumi Saka - Stone Bridge, where you will cross to gain some switch backs up the cliff to find the road just inside the park from the control station. From here you climb hard to regain the irrigation ditch and follow it home.
SCHEDULE & CUT OFF
The race starts at 06:00 on Sunday 11th June with the cut off time at 16:00 with a total race time of 10hrs.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
UT69 aims to become a highly recognised trail race event, and a social scene in itself to bring together the trail running community, enjoy the local culture & spectacular setting. Included in the price of the entry ticket UT69 also offers
- Free camping for participants on Saturday night.
- A BBQ burger and beer on both Saturday and Sunday.
|< 15 Apr||$41|
|< 31 May||$55|
The ITRA (International Trail Running Association) has certified this race as an official trail run. Below are the specific details from the ITRA and their evaluation of the race's difficulty by assessing it on a range from 0 to 6 points.
|UT69||21st July 2018||ITRA NO:||Endurance||Mountain||Finisher|
|45K||43.30KM / 1393m||40415-19729||ITRA-1||ITRA-5||ITRA-260|
LAKE 69 ROUTE
Please find below a google earth map that outlines the route for the Llanganuco Lakes race.
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