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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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,…

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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…

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June 10, 2016

When you’re shaving ounces, or grams from your pack weight it’s easy to overlook stuff sacks. DCF stuff sacks are a good way to reduce weight, and if you use multiple stuff sacks for food, clothing, tent stakes, or other odds and ends you might be surprised how much switching to lightweight sacks can amount to in savings. Of course…

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April 29, 2016

So it’s been about 3 years since the last one of these. We’ve not only added more bars to the field, but this take on trail bars utilizes a more appropriate method of analysis – and to top it all of you’ll get a free lecture, ahem, sidebar on general nutrition. We’ve also migrated to a much better graphical tool…

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March 14, 2016

This post will be part of an ongoing academic project on GPS error. This is not exactly breakthrough research, but it’s a fun project that I’ll share here for anyone else who recognizes their inner geek, and seeing as today is Pi Day the timing is perfect! Many of us rely on GPS to either follow an existing path, record…

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February 29, 2016

Monday music! Happy Leap Day too! Tell me these guys don’t remind you of Zeppelin. Just go ahead and try. Somebody, somebody come and open my eyes…

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February 26, 2016

In a quest to find a shoe with some decent traction for wet and muddy trails I arrived at the Saucony Peregrine 5. It took a few failed attempts with other shoes to get here, and although the Peregrine’s lack big lugs for maximum bite in deep mud, they do offer an aggressive outer which provides good traction on the…

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December 21, 2015

If you hike or run the trails regularly, or worse yet you’re a thru hiker, then no doubt you have met The Funk. When you can smell yourself, you have long since past the point of wondering if others can smell you as well – they can and have been smelling you since you entered their air space. Let’s fix…

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