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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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.


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.


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.


 Running in the dark, seems like, pretty much always. #runhighs #trailsandtarmac #citytrail  Happy Anniversary! This bottle of wine represents 10 incredible years of marriage between two of my dearest friends, @summturd and @johnboywesley I am overdue for paying you a visit and would be honored to celebrate you over this wedding wine sometime soon.  Alpine Running: Apparently this is the expression I have when intimidated by winds so strong one can barely stand upright. Taking shelter behind a giant boulder helped to get this shot, then I was whisked away down the mountainside. #runhighs #mthood
 Times to cherish: These may very well be the last miles I run with Ben until I visit him in Alaska. #runhighs #capelookout  Looking forward to long horizons this weekend.  Wilderness. #runhighs
 Depth perception 2 of 2 #runhighs  Much to my delighted surprise the Kiger's had plenty of traction on this "snice" as I approached Barrett Spur. But really, the snow-ice just had me longing for ski days. May the cross training powder days come soon! #runhighs #niketrailrunning #mthood  Finished. #runhighs #runnersofthewild #trailrunning #elkskings50k #elkkings50k
 Depth perception 1 of 2 #runhighs  While 2 little distant alpinists ascended to the summit and 3 nearby climbers approached the ice caves I was practically aimless in my running pursuits, but the resulting peace and joy from being on the mountain surely ran mutually through our hearts. #runhighs #mthood #niketrailrunning  Gearing up for tomorrow's run and thinking back to some of the year's finest hours on the trails. This moment here was definitely a major highlight atop one of Oregon's highest peaks and I gotta say it's due to community. It won't be the same without you guys @benjamturm and @brandondrake24 #runhighs #eaglecapwilderness #eaglecap #wallowas



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