Welcome to Wasatch Watch.  Your postings are welcome--send them to phil@phillowry.com.

New! Mike Pearce is a jump ahead of me and has converted the Wasatch 100 track file into a format that can be used on Google Earth.  This is an incredible tool. If you don't have Google Earth, it is a free download.  Go to www.googleearth.com.

Instructions: after you have downloaded and installed Google Earth, double click the link below.  It will launch an unzip utility.  Extract or unzip the file, and then click on the unzipped files.  They will automatically launch in Google Earth, and you will be amazed at what you see.

Wasatch 2005 master 20050819_PL.zip

For GPS waypoints, 2005 detailed maps (updated 8/30/2005), and an 86,000 trackpoint log of the course, go to the GIS Page.

Introducing AlwaysLost, a Navigation System for Ultrarunners

Ultrarunners are often telling people where to go, but cannot get there themselves, since they are always lost.  Unlike arrogant car companies who purport to use GPS to ensure that you are never lost (throw some multipath at them under heavy foliage and then see how lost you aren't!  Yessireebob!), the AlwaysLost system constantly reminds us of our default state, yet humbly attempts to ameliorate it.

To use AlwaysLost, you need the following:

(1) a portable GPS (global positioning system) that can interface with a computer (the one in your dash is not considered "portable").  A Garmin Foretrex 101 is ideal;

(2) a waypoint file of the course you will race (like the milepost files on the GIS data page;

(3)  the patience to use it.

Once you have all these components, you can download the waypoints into your GPS and just follow them like breadcrumbs.  Plus, if you use my milepost files, you will know how far you have gone and how far you have to go (GPS odometers can be messed up by, well, multipath and heavy foliage!). 


Cost of Thales MobileMapper Post-processible, survey-quality GPS: $1800.00
Cost of old bike helmet cannibalized to allow for vertical placement of VERY sensitive GPS antenna (plus duct tape) $39.00
Look on other trail users' faces when they see me with it on my head Priceless

(Many thanks to iGage mapping corporation for free use of the Thales Mobile Mapper post-processible GPS, allowing survey-quality accuracy of the Wasatch 100 course.  www.igage.com).

Photos from the 2004 race (your submissions are welcome)

Current Course Maps

Below are the maps for the Wasatch 100 course 2.0, with all changes current through April, 2008.  Version 2.0 reflects changes made by the USGS and Forest Service, along with advances in plotting technology (how was it done?).  The maps are also higher resolution.  Dial-up users, forgive us, but the jpeg format just doesn't suit maps, so these maps will take longer to download.  We think you'll find the higher resolution compensates for the slower downloads.  Shading reflects the time of day where many runners are during the race.  These maps  reflect any changes occurring from natural or management activity. 

Miles 1-8 Miles 8-14 Miles 14-20 Miles 20-28 Miles 28-36 Miles 36-44 Miles 44-59
Miles 59-67 Miles 67-78 Miles 78-93 Miles 93-100 Entire Course (Huge--12MB!)    


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