The Bridger ridge run is a daunting undertaking for an underskilled runner such as myself. The high quality, 18ish mile run follows the Bridgers from the highest peak to the southern terminus of the range. I completed the run for the first time last fall in 6.30ish, during which I battled cramps and got way off route on the final climb to Sacajawea. I ran the course for the second time in late July, once again backwards to minimize the downhill pounding of the normal direction. Starting at 6am helped reduce the hotness, but I still sweated a lot and was forced to stop a couple dozen times to stretch and prevent cramping. I finished the run in 5.51, which is pretty fast for me, but not for a fast runner. I am excited to keep repeating the run, since I think there is still room for a substantial cut in time at my current fitness level. A big thanks to my dad for running the car shuttle and bailing me out with water on the final climb to Sacajawea.