August 21, 2019

It was just a little later in the year, two years ago that I ran a nice loop from and to Tuolumne Meadows. Last year at this time I was running the Ute 100. This was a lot closer to home and much more enjoyable! It’s a little closer than going to the East Side, it’s up high, the scenery…

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August 21, 2019

Somehow two years passed since I last backpacked and slept outside for more than a night. Time passes so quickly; monuments that mark notable events in our lives act as reminders of that. It’s so easy to put things off, to feel like we are on the cusp of doing that thing that we’d get around to someday, then before…

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November 9, 2018

It was my success earlier this summer at the Ute 100, if “success” can be used to describe an incredibly long and difficult weekend traversing the mountainous terrain of Utah, that left me wondering what it would be like to do a less strenuous 100 mile event! Almost a month after the Ute, I had been up in the Sierra…

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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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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…

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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