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Mt. Elbert and the Shortest Season07/31/2009

The high mountains share their craggy wares with the bipedal traveller begrudgingly. It seems their default is that of wintry chill, cutting winds, uncomfortably low temperatures. And although they let go their security blanket of frigidity for a couple glorious months each summer, the mountains…

White River 5007/26/2009

This year’s White River 50 was my first “real” ultra race in over a year. Although I ran the Dogwood Canyon 50K in Missourri last fall with Kyle, there was very little real racing occurring that day. Before that, I had raced the American River…

Maroon Bells Four Passes Loop07/17/2009

The Rogue River Valley of southern Oregon in general, and the town of Ashland in particular is home to a, shall we say, vibrant and active community of trail runners, often of an ultrarunning persuasion. Accordingly, there is a holiday party in Ashland each December…

Mt. Massive Revisited07/16/2009

(On Massive–I just can’t get enough of that mountain. Photo: Marco Peinado.) . Sometimes you just have it. “It” being that occassional, ineffable feeling while running that is defined by boundless energy, effortless flow, precise foot placement, lungs like bellows. This morning I had it….

Mosquito Pass Crossing: An Ode to Father Dyer07/13/2009

(Forest Service sign commemorating Father Dyer on top of Mosquito Pass.) I’ve always been interested in the activity of transporting myself from A to B completely under my own power. The thing about running is that at the end of a run, I typically find…

Leadville Trail Marathon 200907/11/2009

(Starting line shot, courtesy Duncan Callahan: I am on the extreme left.) I went into this race excited to do my first mountain race in over a year. (I would call the Zane Grey 50 my last “mountain” race…The Dogwood Canyon 50K last year was…

Green Mt.07/09/2009

(8144′ Green Mountain in Boulder, CO) Living in The Roost has some serious perks. Such as: never having to “pack” for any road trip. Ever. Never needing to rent a motel room; The Roost comes fully equipped with a lofted futon matress. Complete mobility; The…

A Return to Racing07/07/2009

Someday maybe I will manage to run every race in Leadville, CO. I ticked another off the list this past weekend at the Firecracker 5K, which, the race director announced on the starting line, enjoys a surprising 20 year history. I spontaneously jumped in this…