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Cougar Mountain 50K

Cougar Mountain 50K

Based on my previous post, one might observe that I have an affinity for my local wilderness parks. Therefore it comes as no surprise that I would test my abilities at the Cougar Mountain 50K held on October 29th. Despite a long year of training […]

The Western Issaquah Alps Piece

The Western Issaquah Alps Piece

In this lengthy post, I plan to briefly overview the trails in the western Issaquah Alps, which I consider to be the Newcastle Open Space, Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain, and Tiger Mountain. I would love to include Si, Teneriffe, Mailbox and the other mountains further […]

Lions Bay to Mountain Loop

Lions Bay to Mountain Loop

The month of October began with an early morning drive up to Lions Bay, British Columbia for a run in the North Shore Mountains. This was the first international trip for the year 2017, and what better country to visit than Canada. Apryle and I […]

A Father Son Moment

A Father Son Moment

Shortly before our return from Big Montana Adventure I learned that my dad would be flying westward for a visit. Though I was disappointed that mom would not be joining, I was excited for some father son time as well! I developed an itinerary centered […]

A Exploration of the Columbia Basin

A Exploration of the Columbia Basin

Diffuse light finds its way through pinhole tears in the drab brown curtains. The sun has found its way above the buttes to the east, but the hint of smoke from distant fires cloaks its full brilliance. The dilapidated paneled room is cold. The Budgerigars […]

The Rut 50K, Yellowstone, and Big Sky Adventure

The Rut 50K, Yellowstone, and Big Sky Adventure

The Warm Up The Rut 50K marked the end of a busy 2017 of racing which included several events that have been on my mind for many years. The Rut was quite different from any race I have done in the past, and I knew […]

Cypress Island Circumnavigation

Cypress Island Circumnavigation

Apryle and I started our two day kayak adventure from Sea Farers Park in Anacortes on a partly sunny Wednesday morning. We loaded the tandem kayak full of food and camping gear and pushed off into the waters of Fidalgo Bay. The first leg of […]

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 […]