Timberline Trail in a Day: Flowers, and rivers, and sand, oh my!

In 1986 I was attending the University of Oregon and dating my RA (I know, scandalous!). I had hiked and backpacked and car camped before meeting him, but he was a climber. Climbing had never been on my radar as something I wanted to do, but after listening to him rave about the sport, I … Continue reading Timberline Trail in a Day: Flowers, and rivers, and sand, oh my!

Olympic Coast Route: The hardest thing I didn’t finish

At the beginning of 2019 a bunch of my partners-in-crime got together to brainstorm adventures for the coming year. One that stuck was to do the UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge Olympic Coast route. As described on UltraSignup, "This [approximately 58-mile] route runs point to point between the Shi Shi Beach Trailhead in the north, and the … Continue reading Olympic Coast Route: The hardest thing I didn’t finish

Circumambulating Mt. St. Helens: An UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge

Last week texts were flying as my friends and I tried to decide what adventure we wanted to tackle over the holiday weekend. Our first idea was discarded when we learned that our route was closed due to a wildfire in the area, and after some back and forth Marna and I landed on doing … Continue reading Circumambulating Mt. St. Helens: An UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge

Easy Pass: An UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge Route

“[H]iking was a ‘forced simplification of my life.’ We are in an era when the demand for our attention is exploding. ... There is a danger that we can confuse being busy with being entertained and being relaxed with being bored. When hiking, we don’t just leave behind the customary distractions; we have to escape … Continue reading Easy Pass: An UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge Route

Wonderland Trail in Three Days

Trail Facts: 93–96ish miles 25,000-ish feet gain and loss Circumnavigates Mt. Rainier Affords hikers and runners views of all sides of Mt. Rainier Wanders through forests and meadows, crosses streams and rivers, passes by lakes and glaciers, and climbs and drops and climbs and drops through continuously breathtaking terrain Our Trip Dates: Sunday, July 29: … Continue reading Wonderland Trail in Three Days