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.


 Finished. #runhighs #runnersofthewild #trailrunning #elkskings50k #elkkings50k  Storm Chasing. #oregontornado #runhighs  Rest day in motion.
 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  Solo running at its finest: Gazing at Hoodless panoramas of stunning wilderness atop Chinidere prior to confronting the hornet masses amongst Benson's thickly wooded and blown down terrain. #runhighs #thegorgehasteeth  Running alongside guardians and adversaries. #devilsrest #angelsrest #runhighs
   Down down down I go, like a spry little salmon on a quest of discovery. #runhighs Photo: @motoclimbermatt  The time is near. #runhighs
   Rice n Ice  Pondering the lifespan of glaciers. #mthood #runhighs



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