Author: blewskers

Seven Lakes Basin (High Divide) Loop

Seven Lakes Basin (High Divide) Loop

Ghislain and I set out on our journey for the Seven Lakes Basin at 3:20AM in hopes of reaching the trailhead shortly after sunrise. The Versa covered the 170 mile distance efficiently and I was pleasantly surprised that there were no stone roads en route […]

White River 50 Miler

White River 50 Miler

The White River 50 miler was a must on my list of ultras. Nearly all of my friends in the PNW have competed in the race, Apryle, Adam, Christophe, Ghislain, and Michael; so needless to say I was feeling left out of the White River […]

The Mowich Lake + Echo Rock + Spray Park + Carbon River + Ipsut Pass Loop

The Mowich Lake + Echo Rock + Spray Park + Carbon River + Ipsut Pass Loop

Apryle paged through the Washington Scrambles book that we had yet to open and came across a route in Mount Rainier National Park. Our objective was to summit both Echo Rock and Observation Point; two small prominences that flank the 14,111 foot volcano. We set […]

Alaska Part I: Crow Pass Traverse

Alaska Part I: Crow Pass Traverse

From July 5th to July 15th Apryle and I travelled up to Anchorage, Alaska with her parents. We had four clear objectives: Tour Denali National Park with the intention of seeing as much wildlife as possible, fish as many streams and lakes as possible in […]

Western States 100

Western States 100

The Western States 100 has always been an appealing race to me because of its history but mostly because of its competitiveness. I knew that for a race with the mystique of Western States, I wanted to qualify in a Golden Ticket race and not […]

Products for Running in Extreme Heat: Review

Products for Running in Extreme Heat: Review

Running in the heat can take a lot of additional energy to cool off your body. For the Western States 100, I’ll be testing out Polar Products. Their products are designed for hot-weather activities like construction and they offer everything from neck wraps, cool ties, […]

Enchanted Valley Olympic Peninsula 27-Mile Training Run

Enchanted Valley Olympic Peninsula 27-Mile Training Run

by: Apryle Craig I searched for hikes that would be snow free, that we could spend the majority of time running and not battling obstacles. I wanted a destination within a day’s drive of Seattle so we would not have to camp. After kicking around […]

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Each year between April and July the Tufted Puffins descend upon Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon. This is a spectacle that Apryle and I did not want to miss this year, so we packed up the Versa, booked a hotel and made our […]

Tiger Mountain 50K

Tiger Mountain 50K

May and June will be down months to rest up from a difficult spring of racing… This was my thought back in the latter part of 2016 when I put my name in the hat for the Chuckanut 50K and the Lake Sonoma 50 miler. […]

A Whale of a Visit

A Whale of a Visit

Shortly before the Lake Sonoma 50 miler I got the news that my parents would be making their first trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit. This added to the exponential growth of positives that were climbing the Y axis of my life’s scatter plot. […]