Again, it’s that end of the year post. Around the Hike It. Like It. household the perspective involved a lot more day trips and really taking some time to explore our new home in beautiful Marin County this year (last year in retrospect was trying to jam in trips between home renovation). Running has also been at the forefront of activities this year and will likely dominate my plans next year as something epic is already shaping up for summer 2016. Well, without further delay here’s the year in review. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to all! See you in 2016!
Point Reyes with Sandra D for unofficial Gathering of Gear Geeks…
Favorite New Gear of the Year
I acquired a few new pieces of gear this year, but didn’t really have a chance to use them all. From a sheer versatility standpoint, I really love my new Enlightened Equipment 30ºF Revelation quilt. It’s large enough (wide, x-long) that the kids can share it, and I have made use of it when the weather is too cool for my JRB Sierra Stealth. No more shivering nights when the forecast is borderline and it ends up being 10 degrees cooler!
For running gear it’s an easy one. My Salomon S-Lab X-Series shoes. I’m on my second pair now and will eventually buy more. Most of the trails I run are hard packed with sections of rock; these shoes have proved to be outstanding on this type of terrain despite being what Salomon considers a hybrid road-trail shoe. I also treated myself to a Garmin Forerunner 920XT just recently… sale was too good to pass up. I’m sure you will see it featured on Hike It. Like It. sometime 2016 :)
Bagging Berryessa Peak and overnight with Max and Dylan…
Tomales Bay paddle and overnight with David…
Running in the Grand Canyon with family and friends…
Favorite Trip of the Year
Easy one. Grand Canyon. I finally took a shot at running Rim to Rim to Rim and it was amazing. What made it even better? Doing it with some good friends, but mostly making a road trip of the whole thing and hanging out with Sandra D and the kids. They had fun too and have asked about going back a few times already. Success!
Just hanging out… on TOP of the Golden Gate!
SEKI trip with Adam and Dylan…
Sequoia National Park with the family…
Mt. Whitney summit hike with Russell, Andy, Tom, and Matt…
Epic Fail of the Year
Luckily the worst I can report this year is that my Strava app on my phone failed multiple times, costing me valuable run data and proof that I actually ran a few miles ;P
Epic Win of the Year
I ran three races this year, and they were all “wins” for me… Canyon Meadow 50k (14th overall, ~5:15:00), North Face EC 50k (111/500+, ~5:50:00), and Summit Rock 10k (6th overall, ~58:00). Aside from those I did a bunch of long trail runs, either solo, or with friends and it’s all winning out there.
Hanging out on the local trails with the family…
Newest Gear of the Year
I sold my ZPacks Arc Blast and picked up an Arc Haul. I have not used it yet! I also picked up an HMG Southwest (~70L) for winter trips… hopefully I will be making use of that one soon!
More family time around Mt. Tamalpais Watershed…
Best New Bar of the Year
I do like the Celtic themed place down the street… but we’re not talking about those kind of bars. Actually the bar that I discovered this year is not really a “bar” at all, they more like “bites”. A product called Somersaults is what I’m on about. If you can locate some, give them a try! I discovered them at a local running event. They’re made primarily from sunflower seeds and a very short list of ingredients. They come in sweet or savory (coacoa, cinnamon, sea salt, salt and pepper)… my favorite flavor is the coacoa. Yum!
The year isn’t over yet! Still workin’ on it… :)
2016 promises to be a year of more running, and it’s looking like at least a few snow trips now that we are finally seeing some again here in California! I have a couple new packs to make use of and write some stuff about, so there’s that too. There’s also a new website on the way for Hike It. Like It. We’re finally getting a revamp! Expect that to drop sometime soon! Until then, find a trail and enjoy… Hike It. Like It.