Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Annual Dune Climb Challenge

This is the 3rd year that Edward has attempted his own dune challenge on the steep, 450-foot drop dune on the Pierce Stocking Drive of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! His 2006 time was 9:07 and in 2008, he did it in 8:31. The average person does it in 45 minutes, it would take me a few weeks. Could he break his record? John & Brian were also up for the challenge.

dune climb sign

One thing that is nice about the area is that while they are gone, there are pictures to be taken of the surrounding scenery.

mercedes 344

ps drive

mercedes 326
The sun was about to set. Would he make it?

dune climb
Here he comes. He touched the sign at the end at 7 minutes, 39 seconds for a new record! I should also add that he was up early for a 5k in which he received a medal for 2nd place in the 19-24 age group and he ran about 8 miles in the afternoon. I don't know how he does it. Brian & John also made it up a bit later...


Deirdre said...

Awesome awesome pictures. LOVE the landscape - breathtaking beauty!

elk said...

wow ~ what a marvel these images are...congrats to the climber!

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Impressive. I can hardly believe that those pictures are from Michigan. We truly live in a beautiful state.