Even though the calendar says autumn, it was truly a summer-like feel to the final dry-land (hopefully!) training camp of the Far West Nordic season. For the second year in a row, 14 top athletes from the division met in the Eastern Sierra for an all-too-brief weekend of high-altitude/high-intensity workouts at the Virginia Lakes Fall Training Camp.
Set in an unbelievably beautiful lakes basin at 9,600 ft. elevation, between the eastern California hamlets of Lee Vining and Bridgeport, athletes were treated to the â€œluxuryâ€ of staying at the Tiernan Family Cabin in order to meet, eat, and lounge without too much fear of possible inclement High Sierra weather. And unlike 2007, where campers were greeted with frigid temperatures and a dusting of early snow, this year’s edition enjoyed perfectly blue skies and warm temperatures, resulting in most campers enjoying a couple nights under the stars.
Evan Dion enjoys the rollerski into dusk
Bryce Tiernan and Will Stimson during Mooshuffs, with 13,000 ft. Mt. Lyell in the background.
A few moments of leisure at Mono Lake in-between training sessions.
A hint of fall colors in Lundy Canyon
Sunday's Destination: Matterhorn Peak
Adam Wright enjoys the views from the top
Heading home: Lake Tahoe at sunset.