ADVENTURETELLING IN ALPINISM
Orcas Island 50k 2016

Orcas Island 50k 2016

The smiles were never forced and rarely forgotten, although once 18 miles were under my belt I found that they had to be at times forcefully remembered. Despite the hurt and blur of it all these middle miles were likely the most notable, because it was here I pushed through the drawl of weaknesses revealed. The incredible doses of elevation proved both climbing and falling to be strong suits of mine—I was even deemed Strider during this race as a result—resumed running, however, is where my legs turned to jello and fault was found.

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PROSPECTS:

TRAIL RUNNING

Home to hundreds of trails suitable to alpinists in training, the Columbia River Gorge offers easy to demanding challenges to residents of Portland and the PNW.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE

Exploring Oregon’s cascade volcanoes one north face at a time. The off season in particular yields stunning beauty, solitude and often untouched terrain, if not brutal conditions.

OREGON'S HIGHEST

To summit the one hundred highest peaks of Oregon is a feat that few, three I believe, have ever accomplished. The sum total of their diversity is unparalleled in our nation.

SOCIAL GALLERY:

 Making order out of this chaos felt real good today, and I'm definitely looking forward to the upcoming run! #runhighs #runtheburn #skoutbackcountry  Moody as usual. While the ground was unstable in many places due to landslides, the Gorge was surprisingly snow free-ish . . . #columbiarivergorge #thegorgehasteeth #runhighs  I should probably stop wishing winter would end before it's time and instead head back up into the snow to embrace it once more. . . #pnwonderland #pnw #upperleftusa #crosscountryskiing #winterwonderland #mounthood #mthood #columbiarivergorge #getoutside #getoutdoors #rei1440project
 Pants & Sky: Running . #runhighs #trailrunning  The other day I went running into the woods, past signs warning of bears and cougars, and I picked up a rock companion for the journey ahead . . . #runhighs #getoutside #upperleftusa #pnw  100% chance of rain. All day long. What about those summer mornings in the gorge though? May winters grip slowly loosen. . . . #commercialphotography #columbiarivergorge #pnw #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #rei1440project #ursportswear
 Sometimes the worst weather produces the best results and you get a place like this all to yourselves. More photos on my website (link also in bio): jamesholk.com/blog/  Oneonta Berg: Today's a perfect day to stay indoors and edit last week's work. Turns out it's pretty darn good out in the Gorge, too. A bit slick running the 400 trail this morning, but oh so worth it! . . . #columbiarivergorge #thegorgehasteeth #oneontagorge #oneontafalls #trails #trailrunning #runhighs #waterfall #pnw #upperleftusa #getoutside  I don't often get out climbing, these days or those, but when I get the chance it's often with this guy. Thanks Matt Pennock! More photos and a brief write up are in a new blog post on my site. Link in my bio. . . . . #pnw #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #smithrock #easternoregon #rockclimbing #climbing #trad #tradclimbing #rappel #rappelling #abseiling
 #tbt Reminiscing mine and Katy's stay at the Bjordal's cabin in the Sunnmøre Alps of Norway. There never seems to be enough time to run all them mountains, but I'll have to try anyway. Location approximate. #runhighs  Because Waitin's What We Do. More to come soon. . . . #cabin #cabinlife #acoustic #acousticguitar #folk #music #musicvideo #wesleyrandolpheader  So small and yet so abundant. Juniper fills the air. . . . . #easternoregon #smithrock #juniper #pnw #upperleftusa

CONTACT ECENTDECENT:

ad•ven•ture
noun

1 a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks
b : the encountering of risks <the spirit of adventure>
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience

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