Training for the Pikes Peak Challenge has been a journey.
Along the way, by reading up on the Barr Trail and hiking '14er' mountains like Pikes Peak, I've collected great advice. Some of it has been really humorous as well.
From the Pikes Peak homepage (yep, the mountain has a website), regarding safety on the trail: For your own safety, it's best not to feed wild life. Mammals may have fleas that carry diseases like the bubonic plague. Also, ground squirrels may accidentally bite the hand that feeds them.
I definitely don't want to get the bubonic plague next weekend, so I guess I'll skip handing out snacks to critters along the way.
From Celebrazio, via a suggested pack list for hiking a '14er': Small daypack: 2000-3000 cu in. minimum for summit attempt. Fanny pack also a consideration.
I would love to see my sister's reaction if I brought a fanny pack on this hike.
And thanks to the Colorado Guy, I am now mentally prepared for the very end of the hike: