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
It was a successful weekend in Phoenix for our group of friends: Elly ran her first 100K in fine fashion, and Heidi and I ran our first hundreds and are coming home with buckles! It's so hard to put together the words to describe Javelina. The course itself features desert beauty—highlighted with green grass and … Continue reading Javelina Jundred Race Report
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
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
My friend, Will Run for Whisky (aka Ana), and I have birthdays that are one day apart, so we decided to invite a bunch of friends to join us for a birthday run. Since pretty much everybody is tired of wet feet and rain, we decided to head to Yakima—on the east side of the Cascades—and … Continue reading Cowiche Birthday Party
The Black Canyon Ultras—put on by Aravaipa Running, which also hosts the ultra party known as Javelina Jundred—offers 60K and 100K courses through the desert paralleling I-17 just north of Phoenix in Arizona. While it has a net elevation loss (total loss about 9,000 feet and total gain around 7,000 feet), much of the climbing … Continue reading Race Report: Black Canyon 100K
Yesterday I ponied up to a starting line for the first time since my DNF at White River 50 last summer. I’ve had some wonderful runs on gorgeous trails since that DNF—including a weekend in the Olympics, the UltraPedestrian Owyhigh Loop, and of course R2R2R—but still feeling the sting of that DNF, doing a race … Continue reading Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival 50K … or, How Did I Get So Lucky?