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Because comes from the Middle English: from the phrase by cause, influenced by Old French par cause de ‘by reason of’ Why? This seems to be the quintessential question we all get asked… Every ultra-trail runner has heard it. Why trail run? Aren’t you afraid of tripping? Ultra what? Why go so far? Why would you do that alone? Why DO that to yourself? I even ask myself these very same questions…. Read More

Here I am, a year later, with dozens of subjects, ideas, and adventures I’ve jotted down over the year, but not one piece complete in 2018. And by complete, I mean that I didn’t sit down and curate a story on my laptop that I felt was “worthy” of sharing on some sort of social media platform. But I feel like for me, this past year wasn’t about that. This year was… Read More

A Year Behind or a Year Ahead? Two years ago was full of life changes. Not just the typical “I met someone new” or “I lost some weight” type of changes. 2016 for me was pivotal in so may ways. I could say I finally found myself, after I thought I already had. Then along comes 2017 in a whirlwind of more discovery, growth and strategic steps towards personal goals. One of… Read More

Labor Day weekend seemed to be the last opportunity we had for a “big” trip this summer.  The weather forecast was promising, so we went ahead and decided to trek the long-awaited Grand Pass Loop in Olympic National Park. This would be 46 miles and 12,600 feet of elevation gain over three days and two nights. I read the trip reports, studied the chapter referencing this trip in my backpacking book, and… Read More

This “backdoor” loop into and through Mt Rainier National Park had been on our radar for a while. Multiple attempts to follow through with the plan ended with bad weather, not enough time, or our friend that wanted to do this with us not being available the same day we were. Finally schedules, weather, and time aligned for us to complete this fabulous loop! The plan was to start at Lake Eleanor… Read More

There are endless loops in Mt Rainier National Park that will allow you some challenging day runs/treks and boast fabulous views. This 13.5 mile loop doesn’t warrant a long entry, but is certainly worth mentioning, and showing off a few photos of the lovely views that pop up here and there! The best route to take is clockwise, starting at the Kautz Creek trailhead. There is 4,000 feet of elevation gain on… Read More

We had two adventures planned for our week-long stay in Alberta. I don’t think we realized how much the Rockwall would take out of us. Our next traverse was through Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park and in Banff National Park with more long days and multiple passes to climb. The weather was starting to look sketchy. We had an opportunity to stay another evening in Canmore after the Rockwall trek in an awesome… Read More

When I was first told about the Rockwall traverse in Kootenay National Park (Alberta, Canada), it really didn’t register how incredible this trek would be. I’m always up for adventure, so I was just excited for the invite and figured I’d do some research as we got closer to the date. Soon I found out some more details, like we were fastpacking 34 miles in two days, and each day we had… Read More

Once again, we had multiple options for this day’s excursion. We had high hopes for a scenic loop in Mt Rainier National Park, but the weather seemed sketchy and we weren’t in the mood for the early morning rise that was needed to ensure we would have the time needed for the drive to and from the park. A closer option with fewer miles was a 13 mile loop that would take… Read More

It seems that the more you change your plans the harder something is to plan… go figure… but in the end it always seems to work out! This traverse had been re-planned probably three times before we finally just walked into the Ranger Station in Leavenworth and started asking about trail conditions. We saw a few loops that looked interesting, and finally settled on a loop that started with French Ridge, that… Read More