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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]