Why Trail Running? Because.

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…

The Solo Year

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…

Sierra’s Traverse Through 2017

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…

The Grand Loop – Olympic National Park

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…

Grand Park “Backdoor” Loop

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…

Kautz/Wonderland/Ramparts Loop

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…

Mt Assiniboine Provincial Park

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….

The Rockwall Traverse

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…

Earl Peak and Navaho Pass

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…

French Ridge – Testing Bushwhacking Skills

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…

Herman Creek to Eagle Creek via the PCT

The Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking any way you look at it. I am lucky enough to live within a half day’s drive to Oregon, so exploration of endless loops and treks in the area are at my fingertips. Eagle Creek is one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge, rightfully so. Last year…

Rogue River: Testing Endurance

We went round and round about this trip. Forty miles in two days along the magnificent Rogue River in Oregon… The last time I completed a long back-to-back trip was on the Eastern Loop on Mt Rainier, and I ended up injured for two months post-adventure. I had struggled with our previous trip on Silver…