August 16, 2021

It turned out that getting into the High County a few weeks earlier only made me want more. It didn’t help that a friend had invited me on a couple of backpacking trips in the same area and had shared his photos of high lakes and alpine scenery with me! Matteo could tell I was itching to go back and…

Read the PostLittle Lakes Valley Redux

July 31, 2021

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the East Side. I wanted to go somewhere new and had never been to the Rock Creek area. There are a handful of campgrounds nearby and some high peaks and many lakes within striking distance. It seemed like a good plan, but every good plan needs an accomplice or two… Finding some…

Read the PostLittle Lakes Basin

July 26, 2020

There are people who go to the mountains, and there are people who come from the mountains. Having been treated to outdoor experiences in the mountains since I was old enough to walk, I find myself identifying with the latter. I recognize that there have been times in my life when my interest in the slower-paced ways of experiencing the…

Read the PostWet the Whistle with Wildflowers

March 10, 2020

We each play the role of the central character in the story of our own life. In doing so, we either create the story, then try to live it out, or we instead live out our life and let the story spring from it.

Read the PostA Quieter Celebration of Life

February 1, 2020

Finding energy to write recently is a bit like scavenging iron filings from the dirt to first construct a pen from. The demands of my graduate studies have been pulling hard on me; free time is more like the space between commitments. In those moments, I want to run, hike, spend time with my kids, or do anything other than……

Read the PostDNF – Did Not Fail!

August 21, 2019

It was just a little later in the year, two years ago that I ran a nice loop from and to Tuolumne Meadows. Last year at this time I was running the Ute 100. This was a lot closer to home and much more enjoyable! It’s a little closer than going to the East Side, it’s up high, the scenery…

Read the PostTuolumne Meadows Redux!

November 9, 2018

It was my success earlier this summer at the Ute 100, if “success” can be used to describe an incredibly long and difficult weekend traversing the mountainous terrain of Utah, that left me wondering what it would be like to do a less strenuous 100 mile event! Almost a month after the Ute, I had been up in the Sierra…

Read the PostJavelina Jundred – Javing a Good Time!

September 9, 2018

If the High Sierra holds treasure, the Rae Lakes are sparkling gems that find their way into our dreams and whisper to us would-be treasure hunters to come find them. The lakes aren’t the kind of treasure you can hold in your hand, or take with you; instead you hold them in your heart and leave them for others to…

Read the PostRae in a Day

August 19, 2018

It’s been almost a year since I have written anything, that’s really a shame. Tonight I opened a bottle of New Belgium La Foile, and decided to let the cards fall where they will. What follows is a bit of prose on my personal experience running 100 miles for the first time, and a bit of race report. I can…

Read the PostThe Ute 100 – Into the Dark, Into the Light

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!