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!
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
"I called it quits today just past the halfway mark after some 30 miles. I’ve never been more at peace with a tough decision. And I’m so proud of Marna, Heidi, and Sarah, who are out there along the coast right now, finishing the second half. I’ll welcome them back sometime tomorrow with joy!" That … Continue reading The Ultra Tripod: 3 things you need to finish an ultra
The weekend before last was supposed to be my big training push before a race at the end of the month, but I was sick and decided to rest. This was a very hard thing to do when I already had nerves building about the upcoming race. Taper was to begin after, and I found … Continue reading Chinook Pass Loop: 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
“[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
Back in May my friend, Kelly, reached out to a bunch of us to see if we were interested in fastpacking the Copper Ridge Loop in August. It is well known that I have a bad case of yes-itis, so of course I said “yes!” At the time, I didn’t realize this would end up … Continue reading Copper Ridge Loop Fastpack