A few captures of route markings on the way to & from Wari LA. The 2013 route post Karu has a lot of twists and turns with some challenging long inclines over 15,000 Ft.
Next up, the beauty Ladakh has to offer
All of us out there suffer from ‘whose is bigger syndrome’. It doesn’t matter. It’s about the experience, not about the numbers that we are made to chase even before we come into this world.
Even if you check the name of our race, we call it The High, not the highest. It’s high enough to give you a high of your lifetime. We love the experience, year on year.
Coming to the toughest race in the world, what does that really mean? I am of the opinion that comparing one tough ultra to another is like comparing oranges to mangoes to apples. They all have their tough element, someone might like one and find the other to be a lot more difficult. It’s different for all.
Mark Hines, a participant from 3rd edition of La Ultra – The High, an exercise physiologist and biomechanist, who competes in the toughest ultra-endurance races in the world. He has raced in rainforests, across deserts, over mountains, and in the sub-Arctic and Arctic. He has recently done an exhaustive piece that talks about the toughest races out there to find out which is the toughest one out there. Click here to read his view.
It’s a tough job being a crew for a runner. It only takes a second to loose it all, but over 60 hours to hold it all together for your team.
To experience what no classroom can teach you, join the crew team for the upcoming 2014 LA ULTRA – THE HIGH.
To register as a crew, click below and send in your entry.
“It is at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.”
- Emil Zatopek, 5,000m, 10,000m & marathon gold medallist at Helsinki Olympics in 1952.
Dr Rajat Chauhan, the Founder and Race Director of La Ultra – The High, was invited to ‘International Mountaineering & Tourism Meet’, a two days Conference on 23-24 September 2013, organized by Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), as a panelist on Regional Involvement & Youth Empowerment.
The conference explored means of involving local population in these hills, especially youth, to set up a framework of ever preparedness to mitigate disaster and for their economic empowerment through skill development in adventure sports. Therefore the theme of the conference was Himalayan Tourism: Infusing Skills for Growth and Disaster Mitigation.
La Ultra – The High would be nothing without the involvement of local youth. It sure is a crazy run that even the locals thought was impossible and dangerous. Obviously locals understand that region the best and are best equipped to handle any situations there, but at times, they need to made aware that they can. Its about empowering them and showing them the way.
A Copy – Paste model would never work in areas like these. The solutions need to be very ingenious. Below are some pics to highlight what the local crew can come up with and make ‘impossible possible’.
Why did we need 111 km when 222 km was already there?
The one thing that is unique about La ultra – The High is the altitude. People who know about altitude, get a bit apprehensive about it, and rightly so. The ones who don’t know about altitude, their safety becomes our responsibility. In both cases, we need a shorter distance, but beyond marathon distance.
Since La Ultra was originally only 222 km long, we needed a distance for the ultra runners who yet couldn’t do 222 km. It gives an opportunity for rookie ultra runners to prove to themselves and us that they are now ready to make the next leap.
There is also a relay version of 111 km. Putting this event together for last 4 years, has highlighted to us that running is not about an individual but about a team. 111 km relay was a great way to introduce folks to La Ultra – The High.
Eleventy-One starts from the same point as 222 and 333, i.e. from Nubra valley. It ends at Spituk village.
17th August, 10:02:22 PM. Start point: Diskit Village, Nubra valley.
Highlights of this run
• Highest Altitude
• 17,700 ft
• Cumulative Altitude Gain
• 6,380 ft / 1,945 m
• Temperature variations experienced during previous editions:
• 40°Celsius / 104° Fahrenheit to minus 10°Celsius / 14° Fahrenheit
• Oxygen content of air
• Can be as low as 40% of sea level
111 km relay is also called The Khardung Relay, because of all three hand-over points are at the Khardungs (village, la and frog).
111 km relay is in place to introduce people to La Ultra – The High, if they don’t yet qualify for 111 km, 222 km or 333 km.
1. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 runners are allowed for 111 relay team.
2. The 111 km route is divided into 4 sections
3. No 2 consecutive sections of the route can be done by the same runner
4. Cut-offs for each section (tbc):
5. If a runner of a particular team is not able to continue, the sweep car will pick the runner up. At the next change-over point, the next runner from that team can continue but with the runner from the team coming last. There will also be a 30 min penalty added.
6. If it’s a team of two, the runner who couldn’t continue, will first need clearance from the official medical team. If he / she is not allowed to be on the course again, the team will be disqualified.
7. The runner who couldn’t continue earlier, can only run again if he / she is cleared by the official medical team of the event.
8. Order of runners needs to be decided before and communicated to race officials before the event starts.
9. Minimum age for any runner of the team is 18 years, unless the runner in question has high altitude experience. This decision is at the race official’s discretion.