Sunday, December 20, 2015

Doing the (North) Nasty and then some

uphill both ways
Yassine of Animal Athletics decided to do one last long training run in preparation for his 3rd HURT 100 and invited a lot of the Portland trail running community to join him. His route was 4 loops of the "North Nasty", which is ~11 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain. 


Look Susan does run uphill!
Last year Animal Athletics did several group runs they called the "Nasty Series", for one reason or another Susan and I weren't able to make any of the runs, well technically we tried to make one, but we were late. This time since Yassine was doing loops, we knew we could start any time and he would eventually catch up to (pass) us

We decided to do 1 loop of the North Nasty and add on an extra "easier" 9 miles to give us a good 20 miler. 


Found when we went down the wrong turn off on Skyline

We really enjoyed seeing so many people running the route and chatting with everyone, even if was just passing and saying, "are you doing the Nasty?". Yassine and several other fast runners eventually did catch up and pass us, but not before saying hi and asking how we were doing. We got to catch up with our friend Ben while walking up BPA, which I remember being an awful trail, but it wasn't too bad, probably because I wasn't trying to run up it. 


view from BPA

Doing a 11 miles in Forest Park and not spending a lot of time on Wildwood made it feel like we running somewhere else. It makes me curious what the other Nasty routes are. But once we did the ~9 mile loop on Wildwood and Leif, it felt like having your favorite comfort food. 


Shouldn't the water go through the drains?

North Nasty:
Park at Germantown / Leif Erikson - start across the street at FL 9
FL 9 - road : .64
L on street to steps, steps to hwy 30
L on sidewalk - Linton
L on Linton - FL 10 : .60
R on FL 10 - Newton parking lot : .78
Newton Road - BPA : 1.88
BPA - FL 12 : 1.27
R on FL 12 - FL 15 : .51
L on FL 15 - Skyline : 1.34
L on Skyline - BPA : ~.50
BPA - WW : .46
R on WW - FL 10 : 2.02
L FL 10 - car : 1.26
total : ~11.26

Kinder Loop:
Cannon - WW : .32
L on WW - FL 7A (mm 20) : 4.63
R on FL 7A - Leif : .25
L Leif - car : 3.25
total : 8.45

grand total 19.71

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Washed out Wildwood


Mud slide
It was a dark and stormy morning... day... week... month... This December has turned out to be a really wet month, even by Oregon standards. We have had quite a bit of flooding and road closures this week, so I shouldn't of been surprised to see so many parts of Wildwood flooded and washed out, but I was. 

I ran about 18 miles and every 2 miles or so there was either a wash out, mud slide, or over flowing streams. I can't ever remember seeing so much damage on the trail at one time. I had to stop taking pictures because I was so wet and cold, my fingers just wouldn't function. I don't think I have been that wet running since the The North Face 50k in California in 2012, which I am pretty sure was the last time it rained that hard in Northern California. Luckily Wildwood isn't as much of a disaster as the trails during The North Face 50k, but they are not far off if the rain doesn't let up some. 

The pictures below are between Springville and Birch on Wildwood. They aren't the best pictures because everything was wet and I had nothing to clean the lens of my iPhone with.    
Over flowing creek, washing out the trail
The trail is quickly falling away
The water isn't quite over the bridge yet, but it is close
Another part of Wildwood that is almost gone