The trick is to die young, as old as possible. -Wolf Bauer

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I Broke my Top while trying for Three Sisters

Sometimes failing is more fun than achieving a goal. For a project I have next summer, I needed to go south to Oregon and scout out the Sisters, a group of three volcanoes near Bend.  The South and Middle Sisters are non technical, but the North Sister has some fourth/fifth class scrambling, so I hit […]

Tatoosh Traverse FKT

My first trip up Rainier, I was astounded by how big the mountain looked from Paradise.  My second trip up Rainier, I was astounded by this chain of peaks directly south of Paradise with steep, jagged lines looking totally inaccessible.   The Tatoosh Range, I found out they were called.  Looking them up, I found […]

Dick’s RASH Completed

Let’s start off with the numbers.  By my best accounts (GPSs are never 100% truthful): 247 Miles.  74,000 feet of elevation gain.  Six and a half days (156 hours).  Actual moving time was 108 hours.  That means I had 48 hours total within this project of time I was not moving for things like sleep, self […]

Spring Training: Issy Alps 100M

July and August of this year I have some incredible adventures planned.  For training, each month, I plan to have have a big stepping stone training goal along the way.  March:  Issy Alsp 100M.  Planned out a few years back by George Orozco, only five people have finished the route taking you through the high […]

You ain’t failing, you ain’t trying

Perhaps I don’t fail often enough. I have thankfully been pretty blessed so far with my finish rate.  Never had to DNF (yet) from a race, successful summits of both Aconcagua and Denali on the first time, and finishing a 400+ mile week running across Iowa.  I’m proud of the consistency, but maybe the fact […]

Skyline/North Fork Quinault River Loop

One of my Washington Bucket List Adventures is a traverse of the Olympics, south to north, up to the Low Divide and down the mighty Elwha River to the now drained dam.  I have always wondered though if I should take the “easy” route up the North Fork of the Quinault to the Low Divide […]

The Power of Saying YES

I was once asked if I wanted to climb Mount Shasta a certain weekend.  Shasta is a 14 hour drive from Tacoma where I lived, and I couldn’t take Friday or Monday off.  Shasta would take two days, so it would mean driving for a total of 28 hours and climbing the mountain, then showing […]

Most Efficient Means of Motion Over Varied Terrain

Mountaineering was my first love.  The action of traveling over such technical terrain as a heavily crevassed glacier in the middle of the night filled me with the confidence to achieve anything.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, I started trail running as a means of staying fit for mountain adventures.  I found the long enduring […]

Body = Car

I love analogies.  They’re kinda my thing.  This realization came to me the past few weeks as I am tapering for my hardest 100 miler yet, Cascade Crest Endurance Run, in three short days.  I have all this time and energy suddenly I am not using for running, and sitting around led to analogies. So […]