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Brooks Leffler

High on Hurricane Point

Big Sur Coast, near Carmel, California, USA

22 June 2008, 3:14 pm PDT

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© 2008 Brooks Leffler, Some Rights Reserved. Creative Commons License

Caption

The Big Sur Highway of California provides the setting for one of the most spectacular marathon courses in the world — 26 miles (42 km) from the village of Big Sur north to the Carmel River.

The most gruelling part of the course is the 560-foot (170 m) climb from near sea level at the Little Sur River to Hurricane Point, in about two miles (3.2 km). Winds can be mild at the river, but blowing a gale at the top, as they were when I took this.

The large rocks around the parking area have been successful in keeping most tourists safely on top, although not many years ago an overzealous Porsche owner managed to slide between the boulders and meet his maker at Hurricane Point.
For more info about the Big Sur Marathon Events: http://www.bsim.org/site7.aspx

See more panoramas, both airborne and groundbound, at http://www.brooxes.com/

Location

USA-Canada / USA-California

Lat: 36° 21' 28" N
Long: 121° 54' 12" W

Elevation: 560 ft

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Equipment

Nikon D40x with Sigma f.4 8mm fisheye; homemade pano head on 10-ft Impact light stand; gentLED-shutter infrared trigger; PTGui, Photoshop CS3, CubicConverter; iMac 24.
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