Some thoughts on the Jemez Mountain 50k trail race in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
A cool 12 mile run near Moab, up Pritchett Canyon and down the Hunter’s Rim trail above Hunter’s Canyon.
In 1899 Mount Rainier became the nation’s 5th National Park, a well deserved designation for one of the most iconic mountains of North America. Soon afterwards, work began on a project to construct a trail that circumnavigated the spectacular 14,440 foot summit. Years later, after subsequent refinements and re-routes, the 93 mile Wonderland Trail was created. Now over 100 years old, the historic trail courses through high alpine meadows and...
The Tenmile Range is a region of the Colorado Rockies that contain the mountains surrounding Breckenridge and Frisco. These mountains frame the Blue River Valley and Lake Dillon and not only provide a scenic back drop for everything in the area, but contained within them is a cool ridge that allows for a huge linkup of summits.
I recently completed my 10th Hardrock 100, finishing in 29 hours and 26 minutes which was fast enough for 7th place. That comes to 1000 miles I’ve run on the ultra-marathon course in the San Juans.
A 12 mile trail running loop outside of Marble, CO through Buckskin Basin, over three passes and through two forks of Avalanche Creek.
A big lolloipop loop around Cronin Peak with several bicentennial 13ers and lots of time high on ridges.
A few years back our good friend Rickey Gates organized a guided, multi-day trail running adventure through the 10th Mountain Hut System. He called it the Hut Run Hut. The idea was to lead a group of adventurous trail runners along a roughly 100 mile route between Aspen and Vail. The trip was spread out over 6 days, and visited five different huts along the way.
A couple of alternate routes to travel or trailrun from Aspen or Marble to Crested Butte.
If there’s one thing I have figured out after nine finishes at the Hardrock 100, it’s that you should never go into it thinking you’ve actually got it figured out. Train all you want, manage as many details as you think you can, but be ready for some curveballs on race day, and don’t be surprised when they come. Approach the race as a perennial student of the course, rather...
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