You might think that Misgah means "MISery" + "GAH," the sound you may make when being punched in the gut. No, if you haven't already figured it out, it's "MItchell" and "PiSGAH." We'd be running the course in reverse. I can't remember the exact process of how Dennis and I decided to flip the course this year. We knew it would be challenging, though perhaps a tad easier than Mitchell since ultimately, Mount Pisgah is lower in elevation than Mount Mitchell. So, how did it go? Read on...
Doing Misgah during Pitchell requires a bit of logistics and extra work. For one thing, the water is usually not put out on the back half of the Pitchell course until Saturday, but since that was our early section, we'd need to put it out ourselves on the way to Mount Mitchell State Park. The biggest challenge here was that we weren't terribly familiar with the spots the water needed to be placed. Doing it at night made it even more challenging. Knowing that Adam was going for the FAC 50K fastest-known-time and Avery Collins (former TRU winner) was going for the Pitchell FKT added pressure that we get the water where it needed to be.
|Daylight breaks through the trees.|
|The Shut-In Trailhead|
|Just a footbridge.|
|Mount Pisgah parking lot - Just one more hill ahead.|
|At the summit of Mount Pisgah|
Looking back, it was nice to finish mid-afternoon, though that did mean huge crowds on Mount Pisgah and more night-time running due to the earlier start. It was also great to see the Pisgah side of the trail in the daytime. We did, however, miss some great view from the Mitchell side of the course.