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New Route on Firelane 2

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Susan had been out of town for over a week and wanted to surprise her with a new route, plus it has been quite awhile since I created a new route. So many of our route start on one of the many trailheads on NW 53rd or from Saltzman or Springville, so I decided to start on Firelane 2. Firelane 2 doesn't really have much of a trailhead, there is a pull out off of Skyline Blvd. that I assume can hold about 5 cars. There is also a chain fence that has been pulled away so you can access the trail, it feels totally sketchy but all legal.  The longest single stretch of the route is only ~3.55 miles, so there is a lot of variety in the route, which I prefer. There is a lot of ups and downs between Leif and Wildwood but nothing too crazy. Honestly this was the perfect route for an easy Sunday morning of catching up on life between to best friends and their crazy dog.  Route: Firelane 2 - WW: .70 WW- Maple: .03 Maple - (end of Maple) Leif: 3.55 Leif - Hardesty : 2.58 Hardesty - WW: .27 WW- W

Backcountry Rise 50k

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As we all started to get vaccinated and races started to open up for 2021, Susan and I got quite excited. We have wanted to do Backcountry Rise for awhile, but it always falls on the weekend after Labor Day, which is an annual trip for my family to the beach. But this year the race was taking place in July and had a 50 mile option. So we decided to sign up for it.  at the start of the race with David Well fast forward to a few weeks before the race, I decided that I should actually look at the race course. I mean I knew it was 11,000+ of climbing and that we ran the 50k + 20m course.  What I didn't realize was how much of the 20 mile course was actually the 50k course. I have a real mental block on doing multiple loops of the same course. I was also concerned about the cut off times. Despite having trained since January for the race I haven't gotten any faster in the last few years, I can blame covid weight or old age, but it is what it is. We (I) made the last minute decis

30 miles of the Washington PCT

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  In preparation for the Backcountry Rise 50 mile race, Susan and I decided to run a 30ish mile route as our last big run before the race. (editor note we later dropped to the 50k) We had originally thought we would run the last 30 miles of the Oregon PCT heading towards Washington (Lolo Pass to Cascade Locks) but we saw a posting on Oregon Hikers that said there was a lot of blowdown from winter storms that made large parts of the trail nearly impassable. After dealing with that on Hunchback Mountain we decided to come up with Plan B. Luckily Plan B was literally on the other side of the river. We decided to run the first 30ish miles of the PCT in Washington going north. Yassine and a few other folks had also done it recently and confirmed the trail was in great condition.  Running in a cloud and happy about it We decided to start at the Bonneville trailhead and run the PCT to Wind River, which meant we needed both our cars for shuttling. The great thing about this route is it is on

Day off run: Green Canyon blowdown extravaganza

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Susan, Ann, and Mt Hood at Devil's Peak For our June day-off run, we were ready for Salmon River, one of our favorite routes over the years. Ann had read some reports of manageable snow and downed trees, but since there's a part of the route that always has a number of trees to climb over, we assumed that the folks who report just might not be used to it. We were wrong. Sunbeams through the trees on the steep slope of Green Canyon We decided to do the loop backwards from our usual, starting up Green Canyon to get the blowdown out of the way, ending with the Salmon River Trail so there'd be water for Cedar during the hotter part of the day. Green Canyon is so steep that we can't even run part of it downhill, our normal direction, so hiking up it wasn't that bad. Then we hit Hunchback and the adventure began. There were some trees down across the trail. It wasn't that bad. We climbed over them. Fairy slipper orchid But soon it wasn't just trunks. It was branch

Day off run: Table Mountain and a crazy 5 mile loop

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making our way up Table Mountain I have hiked Table Mountain quite a few times and never understood why anyone would want to run it. Mostly because of the unrelenting climb up heartbreak ridge and the scramble up the rocks at the end.  New to us section of the PCT Susan and I had a day off adventure / training run planned for Friday, May 21st. I was hoping to do a 29 mile loop in the Herman Creek area but the snowline was still pretty low which didn't leave us with a lot of options. I gave Susan a few alternative options and the one she picked was Table Mountain, despite me warning her about the scramble at the end. To be honest I wasn't excited about the choice but she'd never been there before and I had never started the route on the PCT, so it was a new adventure to us both.  Table Mountain We got to the Bonneville Trailhead  early and were the only car there. It was a nice and sunny day, we were pretty optimistic after our last adventures runs having horrible weather, e