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2017 the year of adventures

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In 2017 we only ran one trail race together, didn't get a lot of new gear, didn't suffer from any major injuries. 2017 was definitely the year of adventure runs. We love running races, but we really love taking a day off of work and going out to the mountains. A lot of our adventures tested our skills as ultrarunners: an 18 mile run that turned into 37, major mental toughness skills in the Grand Canyon, having to plan new routes on the fly because of forest fires, just to name a few.



I also bought a Sprinter Van in 2017, which my husband and I are in the process of converting to a campervan so we can use it for our adventures. It will allow us to drive out the night before and camp at trailhead, which means we can expand the radius of our adventures. 

Our 2017 highlights

Bucket List Run: Grand Canyon R2r2R


Most Epic Run: Siouxon Creek or when 18 miles turns into 37



Newest Circumnavigation: Three Fingered Jack


Best Views: Badger Creek Wilderness


Best Midrun Treat: Doughnuts




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Grand Canyon R2r2R

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Somewhere in the flurry of recent FKTs and friends doing it, the dream of running the Grand Canyon from one rim to the other and back took ahold of me. I wanted to do something that would match the epic natural beauty of the Mt Rainier run we did two years ago, but in a completely different way. The canyon is the opposite of a mountain, and its desert environment is the opposite of the Pacific Northwest’s lush rainforests.

I did a little research and was surprised that the distance (43-47 miles, depending on which trails you take at the South Rim) and the elevation gain (an 5740 ft climb up the North Rim and a 4340 ft climb up the South Rim for a total of 10,500 ft) seemed doable. Hell, those are stats we’ve already done: a circumnavigation of Mt Hood on the Timberline Trail gains 10,000 ft in about 42 miles.

Last long run of 2017

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When I asked Susan how far she wanted to run this weekend, she said more than 20. Since I really like the number 23, I decided that would be the distance for our last long run of the year. I was going to create a new route, but got lazy and picked a route from our archives.

John dropped us off at the top of BPA and we cruised down to Wildwood and took a right and headed towards Springville. We were deep in conversation about the holidays and changes coming in 2018 Susan said, "how far is Springville?". I said it was only 5 miles from BPA. We both looked at our Strava's and we had gone more than 5 miles, but we were sure it was only a little further. When we hit Trillium, we knew for sure we had missed it. We were both a little confused on how we could of missed a large forest road. 



We looked at the route and decided we didn't want to back track too much and would just make it up as we went along. Both of our Strava's showed different distances, so we used the aver…

Annual Birthday Run

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Mine and Susan's birthdays fall at the end of November and for the last ~6 years we have run Wildwood end to end to celebrate. We try and alternate which end we start from. This year the weather looked like crap and we decided that we would just run from the end of Wildwood (Newberry) to my house (Birch trailhead) and do the full end to end the following weekend. 
After about 10 miles / 2 hours of running and no rain, we started to question our decision not to do the full end to end. I told Susan that if the weather was still decent when we got to Birch we should call John and see if we would be willing to pick us up at the zoo and do the full 30 miles on Wildwood. We both thought this was a great idea, we always have our best ideas mid-run.
The weather did hold out and John agreed to pick us up. Luckily we both had packed enough food and water that running an extra 7.5 miles was no big deal. I was a little worried the last 5 or so miles would be a sufferfest, but it wasn't. We …

2017 Gift Guide for your favorite trail runner

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It seems like all the cool kids are publishing gift guides, so we thought we would post some of our favorite things. 




Tribute to the Trails 2018 calendar



Susan has given this calendar to me and David the last few years as a Christmas gift. Not only does it have amazing pictures of races around the PNW, it also supports the Washington Trail Association

Spot Device


I don't currently own a Spot, but I am pretty sure there is one under my Christmas tree. After listening to several podcast with Candice describing how well it works for her 200 mile races for tracking and finding people, I knew I needed to get one, especially after our misadventure at Siouxon Creek.

Black Diamond Carbon Z Poles

I love these poles, they are super lightweight, durable and compact. We never go on an adventure run without them, we use them frequently for tricky stream crossings and technical downhill / uphill sections. When they are stowed away I rarely notice they are there. 


KatadynBeFree Collapsible Water Filt…