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!

July 10, 2017

Couldn’t not post this. Props to to Aravaipa! 3 inch shorts? That’s so trail! Berserker helm? that’s so trail. Coffee enema… That’s so trail!

Read the PostTrail Gangstas!

July 7, 2017

I admit it, when I first heard of this concept, I imagined something in the vein of the Redbull Flugtag. You know, some crazy guy makes a carboard boat, unfolds it on the dock, and plummets into the sea to great applause. Had this guy somehow succeeded and decided to market his miraculous idea? In fact, that was not the…

Read the PostThe Oru Bay Kayak

June 30, 2017

La Sportiva has made a name for themselves among people who spend time in the mountains, with a well rounded line of climbing shoes and approach shoes. Although lesser known for their running shoes, they’re riding a little under the radar with some nice kicks for various terrain. In my search for a shoe that would carry me 50 to…

Read the PostLa Sportiva Akasha

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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March 8, 2017

The 2017 Sense Ultra takes this Salomon classic in a new direction; more cushion and a wider toe box re-define the shoe as an ultra-workhorse in contrast to its lean and mean ulra-trail racing predecessors. Salomon has been incorporating feedback from their elite athletes, and as a result we’re seeing some new ideas emerge. As it turns out, even super…

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March 6, 2017

When it comes to outerwear for rain protection, striking a balance between waterproofness, breathability, and weight is one of the classic struggles of the outdoors lifestyle. This is the realm of high tech fabrics that usually have a narrow window within which they function well, but it’s a window that can be hard to work within in the real world.…

Read the PostOutdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket

March 3, 2017

Ultimate Direction was one of the first companies to offer running vests with an emphasis on the fit and features that long distance runners appreciate. The Peter Bakwin vest is part of their Signature Series line of vests and through all of its iterations has been their largest running vest, catering to runners who are doing long training runs, ultra…

Read the PostUltimate Direction PB Adventure Vest (3.0)

December 28, 2016