November 18, 2016

Hey Fam. The holidays are back already! Hopefully you’ve had a good year out on the trails, and we know you’ll be #OptingOutside on the blackest of fridays… right? Of course you are, because who the F wants to get trampled by a bunch of yokels at Wally World, clawing and fighting their way to the top of a pile…

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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”…

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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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November 4, 2016

I had a brief stint with an earlier version of the Speed Cross, or was it the S-Lab Speed, or the Fell Cross, maybe it was the Fellraiser!? I no longer remember, but’s it’s clear that Salomon has more than a few shoes in this class. The Speed Cross 4 is the latest iteration of that bloodline. It caught my…

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October 17, 2016

It’s been a few years since I’ve run in any shoes from Brooks. The introduction of the Mazama has brought me back. This is a shoe that bridges the gap between the Pure Grit and the Cascadia, both of which are great shoes in their area of specialization. While I loved the Pure Grit, I didn’t find that they gave…

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October 14, 2016

Continuing on the “favorites” series, this post will cover a few of my favorite pieces of trail running kit. Other, more popular blogs might call a post like this “Trail Running Essentials”, but how would they know what’s essential to your running? We’re up to our necks in click bait these days, right? These are my personal favorites, maybe some…

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September 16, 2016

This is the first in a few short posts that will highlight a few of my personal favorite things. Just because they’re my favorites, doesn’t mean they’re your favorites, which by the way you can feel free to post in the comments. Remember, don’t trust people with blogs, especially if they recommend things or give you the “best of”! It’s…

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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…

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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…

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July 11, 2016

Saucony has introduced a few changes to the latest version of their light but tenacious trail runner, the Peregrine 6. When I first started running in the Peregrine 5 I had a few doubts about the shoe, but it turned out to be one of my favorites in terms of fit, traction, ground feel, and responsiveness. I would have liked…

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