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…

Read the PostSouthern Utah – Day Hiking Paradise!

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

June 27, 2016

As I sit down to write, I realize that easily half (and probably more) of the trail runners I know are dealing with some sort of injury, including myself. It’s almost inevitable, especially when find ourselves in pursuit of longer distances, faster times, or both. Although the root cause of many common running injuries have still not been pinned down,…

Read the PostRunning Injuries, Injured Pride, and the Reality of Failure

June 20, 2016

Monday Music! After struggling through some injuries (more on that to come soon) from over training and lack of recovery I do feel like I lost the love of running in pursuit of training and race schedules. After the first pain free trail run in months, I would legit do this workout right now. In fact, I’m looking forward at…

Read the PostLove Lost