AdventureCORPS presents the 2003 Furnace Creek Spring Tour
Photos by Chris Kostman, April 17: Lone Pine - Panamint - Emigrant Pass - Stove Pipe Wells
I want to thank everybody for their participation in, and support of, the 2003 Furnace Creek Spring Tour. I can honestly say that this was the most enjoyable tour we've had yet, after six of them. You were all just a nice group of people with whom to spend four days. The crew - Mike, Robert, and Jann - were fabulous, and everything just seemed to fall into place. Every day provided so many memories, from incredible spring flowers everywhere (even along the road IN Death Valley), to the little dirt sections on day one, the soon-to-be-new-and-improved Badwater road, the "freak" hailstorm on day two (ten days later, some of the riders still have bruises!), the 10mph paceline ride into the headwind on day three, the epic "assault on Danté's View" on day three, and of course the glorious magnetic pull of Mt. Whitney on day four. It was just a wonderful time and I thank you all for it!
Special thanks are extended, as well, to Steve Born at E-CAPS / Hammer Nutrition for his goodie bag and nutrional support of the event, as well as Ben and Denise Jones for hosting our finish line on Sunday.
Here are the 2003 Riders and Staff
Stan Alvidrez Los Angelos, CA
Mike Angelfish Angelos Marina Del Rey, CA
Paul Sparrow Hawk Biron Sherman Oaks, CA
Brandon Bruce Santa Barbara, CA
Deborah Dolphin Caplan Culver City, CA
Arthur Combs Berkeley, CA
Jann Coury San Diego, CA
Laurie Hennessy Sherman Oaks, CA
Patrick Jonte Zionsville, IN
Paul Kopit Sunland, CA
Chris Kostman Los Angeles, CA
Janet Magajna Whitestone, NY
Paul S. Ries San Jose, CA
John Singleton Carmel, CA
Robert Thomas Atascadero, CA
Erika Mountain Turtle Van Meter Aspen, CO
Rowena Wildin Pasadena, CA
Here are the Fabulous Routes:
Thursday, April 17: Lone Pine to Stove Pipe Wells via Wildrose and Emigrant Pass = 109 miles, 6450' climbing, 10,000' descending.
Friday, April 18: Stove Pipe Wells to Shoshone via Badwater, Jubilee Pass, and Salsberry Pass = 100 miles, 6200' climbing, 3600' descending.
Saturday, April 19: Shoshone to Death Valley Junction, then dogleg out and back for the the epic climb to Danté's View (way up above Badwater), then Furnace Creek, then finish in Stove Pipe Wells = 109 miles, 5850' climbing, 7100' descending.
Sunday, April 20: Stove Pipe Wells to Lone Pine via Townes Pass in reverse = 81 miles, 8800' climbing, 5000' descending.