September 9, 2018

I have passed by the Rae Lakes on several trips, and been close enough on others that I thought about them. If the High Sierra holds treasure, the Rae Lakes are sparkling gems that find their way into our dreams and whisper to us to come find them. The lakes aren’t the kind of treasure you can hold in your…

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August 19, 2018

It’s been almost a year since I have written anything, that’s really a shame. Tonight I opened a bottle of New Belgium La Foile, and decided to let the cards fall where they will. What follows is a bit of prose on my personal experience running 100 miles for the first time, and a bit of race report. I can…

Read the PostThe Ute 100 – Into the Dark, Into the Light

November 13, 2017

As all of us go through life, we inevitably hit that phase where it get’s “real”. I find myself there this year. It seems I’m not alone either, as many of my friends who love the trails are also in the same general spot. Maybe it’s a “getting older” thing, or maybe it’s because people like us relish in experiences,…

Read the PostDon’t Forget to Look Up!

September 11, 2017

I had been itching to return to Zion National Park ever since running the Trans Zion route with friends a few years ago. The soaring, red rock walls of the canyon, the bright green cottonwoods in the Grotto, and the dramatic views of the mesa’s in the backcountry make Zion an experience like the Yosemite of the desert. I promised…

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June 26, 2017

I’m aware that lately this blog has become more of a trail running blog. I still have a love of the mountains, and I’ll be back on them again soon enough, both with the family, and on my own adventures. But hey, it’s June, and if you’re into trail running there’s nothing bigger right now than the Western States 100-Mile…

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December 28, 2016
November 14, 2016

Get that post-election, pre-holiday angst out of the system, move forward, and enjoy the good things in life. It’s too short to always be down on yourself, or anyone else for that matter. “Peel the mask away, drop the masquerade, drop the tough guy facade. The world’s a scary place, everbody’s afraid, whether they admit or not”… [hili]

Read the PostDays n Daze – Post Party Depression

November 9, 2016

I went for a walk in the woods. I didn’t have a map, and I didn’t make a plan. I didn’t turn my GPS on, didn’t record how far I went, how much elevation I gained, or how fast I got there. In fact, there was no “there” to get to. I did have to cross a few things off…

Read the PostA Forest Poem

September 9, 2016

Before even completing my last trip out at SEKI, I was already scheming on shorter trips that I could put together to get into the areas of the Southern Sierra High Route that we were forced to bypass on that outing. Since I have passed by Center Basin so often but never visited, the pull to head out there was…

Read the PostThe Crumbling Places of SEKI

August 8, 2016

This trip report will be a little unusual since it sort of reflects a failed attempt at the Southern Sierra High Route, which consequently turned into a nice section hike of the JMT with a couple days of cross country thrown in. Although it wasn’t what we set out to do, it was still a great trip and definitely one…

Read the PostNot so SoSHR