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Old 06-14-2005, 05:27 PM   #1
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Now that we have re-located to the West, we are headed to Pikes Peak in a few weekends to check it out. Anyone else headed there? Also anyone who has been there as a worker/driver/specator tell me anything about best areas to spectate from and snap some good shots and video. Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2005, 05:30 PM   #2
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Take some friends and see who can run the farthest on top!
Seriously thats what we did - after looking at the sights.
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Old 06-14-2005, 07:44 PM   #3
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Well, I live here.

That is all.







J/K!

I go every year, I like Devil's playground (near the summit) and also Glen Cove.
We usually sit at the base at like 4AM and then drive to wherever we need to be.(only 2 or 3 good places to park after the start line)
You better go quick, because it will be all paved pretty soon.
http://www.ppihc.com/
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Old 06-14-2005, 07:49 PM   #4
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thanks...yeah I meant the hill climb, plus camping in the area, etc.......so you would recommend getting to the gate at 4Am no later? I know devils playground is more towards the top, correct? Just to clarify, if you hava tickets you can drive up and park at various spots along the way.

BTW...how much cooler is it at say Devils Playground then the base? Thanks all
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:21 PM   #5
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I'll be there, co-driving for Gr.N Subaru #199. Gotta agree with Ryokosman, too. Good fun to run around up top until you see stars, then run some more.

My preferred spectator location has a great view, but I'm afraid you won't fit.

If you are looking for a stationary spot, I think that Devil's Playground is apparently quite good (and so do the other spectators). I personally think the Boulder Park section would be quite keen to spectate in. No spots for parking, though.

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Old 06-14-2005, 11:21 PM   #6
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This will be my 20th year on Pikes Peak. I'll agree with the others that Devil's Playground is the best place to watch on race day. You don't need to go so early. If you cross the startline no later then 7am you should get to Devil's Playground before they close the road down and you will be able to get out quicker too. To get to the start line by 7 you need to get to the toll gate by 6 to be safe.

Boulder Park is a great place too but they won't let spectator cars past Devil's on race day. You have to walk. I should mention it's about two miles from Devil's at 13,500 feet. I prefer to go to Boulder Park during practice. Actually I get all my best shots during the early morning practice runs so I wouldn't miss any of those.

For those who want a little more action there is a RallyCross in Fountain (About 15 miles south of Colorado Springs) on Sunday. A couple cars may get a last minute test and tune done before practice starts on Tuesday.
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:34 PM   #7
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I'll be there.



<----- Obviously.


We watched at the end of the HalfWay Picnic Grounds last year, which was a great spot as you got to see a lot of cars go up (you see less cars on top due to mechanical failure). Plus, we didnt get snowed in.

The sad story is that the pave more and more of the mountain every year. Last year the pavement ended at the Picnic Grounds, I'm sure it's up to the Ski Area by now.

I prefer dirt.

If you are a Subaru Enthusiast check out this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775394

Still don't know where parc expose is, but I think most of the Subaru teams are going to be serviced from Heuberger.

See you there!!
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:54 PM   #8
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sounds great, plan on going to the Subie get together as well.......

SO......how cold is it towards devils playground, temp at base looks to be mid 70s and pleasant but just wondering how to dress when heading to that type of altitude. Thanks...see you all there! Good Luck to all that are racing.
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sounds great, plan on going to the Subie get together as well.......

SO......how cold is it towards devils playground, temp at base looks to be mid 70s and pleasant but just wondering how to dress when heading to that type of altitude. Thanks...see you all there! Good Luck to all that are racing.
Bring:

A parka
A rainjacket
coveralls
Gloves
A Snowshovel
a knit cap
a baseball cap
shorts
jeans
snowboots
tennis shoes
t-shirt
ear warmers
and about every other item of clothing in your closet.

Well, if last year was any help......
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Be Prepared. It almost ALWAYS rains/snows about half way through the race.

Lasts about an hour then goes away! Devil's playground is awesome because you can see the majority of the track. You can even see the start line.
Great for scenic photography, also.

Be prepared to be on the mountain, sitting in traffic for at least an additional hour after the race is done.
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make sure you take plenty of water also, altitude sickness is a real drag. if you are coming from low land, it may be worth your time to come 1 day early, get aclimated to 6000' at colorado springs, then head up to 12k +.

make sure you don't over exert yourself also, elevation can get you fast. if you decide to drink alcohol also be careful, it will hit you hard and fast, no matter how much you think you can drink.

you basically need to be prepared for any and all climates. if it is sunny, remember you are a few MILES closer to the sun than at sealevel, you will burn fast. if it starts to storm bad, lighting etc, and you are above the tree line, you are a lighting rod, take cover fast.

take everything you think you might have the slightest chance of needing, and have fun, it is a blast to watch!
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As stated above bring your coldest cold weather gear. Wear it in layers and if we are lucky it will be nice up there this time. They have not made it to the top only twice in the past 90 years so last year was a bad year.

I can't remember the exact figure but it is something like you lose 4 for every 1,000 feet you climb, and that's if the weather is perfect.

Also don't forget sunscreen. You will burn fast at that altitude even if you don't see the sun.

It's fun though, honest!
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:53 PM   #13
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thanks guys........had some expierience mountain biking at elevation in Utah a few years back and never been, first night sleeping woke up to a nose bleed, next day started a steep uphill ascent for our first ride and completly bonked 100 yards up the hill, no joke, that was at about 8500-9000 feet.

Sounds like fun and def will be interesting for two people who have never been.
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I wish I had a pic of all the snow that fell midway through.
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