Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Champagne snow, red dirt, and desert solitaire

Switchbacks are good for the soul. #dowork
Snow Canyon: No Knickers Required
50 degrees is the new 80 (in January)

Angels Landing: before the going gets tough

Approached Angels Landing from visitor center at first light
Full pack of Snickers bars required

Near Gunlock, UT: endless road, big sky, and no stop lights

Gunlock, UT

Heading out of Gunlock: the more you climb the better the view.
Granite, Sandstone, and Basalt all within a stones throw; the complete package for rock hounds

2016 Giant TCR: hands down one of the best performance builds on the market

More rock than you can shake a stick at.

A happy bike is like a dog smiling; it happens, you just have to look closely. 

Sunrise pre run coffee views; get psyched.

Good God it took a lot of effort to get this view.

What a gift.

My partner in crime.  Luckiest guy on earth.

Virgin River

Drove the mile long tunnel approximately 3.5 times. Little hourglass views every 500ft. Damn thing is Splash Mountain for grown ups.

Nearing sunset: 15mi run, 20mi run, 2mi hike-->good quality of life and a lot of fresh air

Love is simple and that is why I like it. 


Follow the red brick road. Kalob Canyon = Underrated. If you didn't know now you know. Go.

Kalob Canyon

Kalob Canyon

Kalob Canyon

Excited Trouble

Hungover? Maybe. Charging? Definitely. 

Motley Crew

Lunch is for softies. Overpriced everything. #stoleyourcoffee

Wind loaded

Oli the Alaskan.

Peele. Best adventure buddy. Ever.

Big lines to be had.

Big lines being had.

Above all else, enjoy the ride. 
PS-I want everyone to live life to the fullest; drink it up. In order to do that we need to stay healthy.  When you are healthy, you are happy. In the name of happiness I put together a few exercises I incorporate into my routine, those exercises (grammatical errors included)  can be found here.  Be healthy, be happy.

Until next time. 
Your pal,

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Wasatch Wanderings

     As Summer turned to Fall it was time to transition from Mammoth Lakes, California to Salt Lake City, Utah.  With incredible access to steep and scenic wilderness, playing outside has kept tempo into what seems to be a long awaited snow fall year.  A lot of time has been spent kicking steps and running in light snow.  With all the snow running and a little nudge from La Sportiva I'm going to have a go at Snow Shoe Nationals taking place in late February.  For a guy obsessed with trying to move efficiently snow shoe running sounds everything but.  But hey, good challenges usually lead to good things.  
     Below is a sequence of images of recent wanderings in the Wasatch. There are also a couple photos from a scouting trip to the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. I will be doing a story for TrailRunner Magazine this Spring, running the river's edge from the Straits of Juan De Fuca to it's source high up in the Olympic Mountains--tracing the path Salmon are now able to return to after the largest damn deconstruction in the world.  The Elwha River salmon run is back to being five species strong and, though there is a long time before normalization, it's a story worth telling.  Salmon have been a huge part of my life since as long as I can remember, and to the people of the Northwest for centuries before me.  I'll be sure to share the story here. 

Until next time.
Your pal,

It's been pretty amazing to watch Alycia embrace mountain living...and mountain running!

Following game trail until the legs get tired. 

First dusting

Finding my way back home after a morning 'run'.

Ridge from our door heading east into Wasatch.


Found a great group of pro cyclists to ride with and a local brewery with darn a darn good IPA.

We found a place to live just above 5,000ft with ridge lines accessible from the back door and a 15 minute drive to Park City.  Cost of living is relatively low and life is good.

Dawn patrol

Dawn patrol

Dawn patrol

Alycia's first winter with snow

Morning run up Little Mountain

Whidby Island with the family

Tough to be mystical air, waist high surf, and snow capped mountains in the background

Looking for swell

Just south of Elwha

Elwha River Mouth

Trip prep