|Hardrock Fever (180
pg. perfect bound) ISBN 1-884778-84-4, $12.95 + $2.50 P&H. by
Bob Boeder published by Old Mountain Press.
A first person account of running the Hardrock 100 through Colorado's San Juan Mountains. To purchase a copy, send your check or money order made out to Bob Boeder (not Hardrock Fever) PO Box 318, Silverton, CO, 81433 E-mail: email@example.com
Also see Bob's first book Beyond the Marathon
ďLike Bob, I have a terminal case of Hardrock Fever. Heís done a great job here of putting into words the physical, psychological, and emotional effort that finishing Hardrock requires.Ē
Kirk Apt--Six time Hardrock 100 Finisher.
ďBobís book brings the spirit of the Hardrock 100 to life.
One can truly see that the San Juans are worthy of a pilgrimage.Ē
Book 2 Ė Preparation
Book 3 Ė The Race
Hardrock Hundred Course Profile
Hardrock Hundred 1999 Results
Hardrock Hundred Historical Results, 1992 Ė 1999
About the Author
A dozen switchbacks eventually bring me to the top of Oscarís Pass, the third of Hardrockís climbs at 13,120 feet. The sun is out and itís a beautiful day as I pause to survey Bridal Veil Basin spread out in a breathtaking panorama at my feet. Turning around, I marvel at the long distance view of Swamp Canyon and the terrain I have just crossed. Why do I keep entering this race? Just look around for the answer. Of course, the moments of exaltation are followed by hours of punishing toil.
Sitting down on the edge of the cliff I take the rope in my right
hand, raise my left hand, and push off. This is the real Jetman, shooting
like an express elevator down the nearly vertical slope, my feet raised
so I donít snag something and start tumbling. The rope runs out. As I continue
free falling somehow the water bottle that was attached to my Sport Vest
comes loose and pops up into the air. I grab it so now Iím holding both
hands in the air and only come to a stop when the slope levels out at a
bench. What a rush.