This weekend I was in Utah and went to Alta for the 5 and 10K Cotopaxi race in Alta. Cotopaxi creates amazing outdoor gear that gives back to humanity. Products are sold directly on-line, and a portion of sale profits is given to poverty-stricken areas of the world.
The course began on a wide trail for the first 2.5 kilometers. It inclined 800 feet past mountain streams along a dirt path with occasional loose gravel. The next 2.5 kilometers transitioned to a single track with 500 additional feet of gain. The track leads you across scree that opens to vistas at the top of Devil’s Castle Loop. A gradual 2.5k descent follows, taking you through mountain meadows dotted with wildflowers. The final highly forested 2.5k opens between kilometers 8 and 9 onto sweeping views of Albion Basin, then transitions to a steep forested descent that ends at the Alta resort.
We were at the mountain at 7am and the drive up the canyon breathing in the fresh air was just invigorating. It was a gorgeous day and great to see such a great turn out. When Cotopaxi announced the winners for the race, my son in law was among them and won a beautiful jacket, which made the whole day even more special. My son in law was so excited to have placed first place in his age group. My daughter and I were excited for him as well, because at a 8530' elevation, running up a mountain is not an easy task.
Cotopaxi makes men and women apparel, backpacks and many other good looking items for active people. I picked some of my favorites to show you.