Training

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 […]

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 […]

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

A Post and Photographic Journey by Apryle Craig Zach & I at Rhododendron Garden This weekend, Zach and I set out for an easy 8-mile run out our back door on Cougar Mountain. It was a nice morning and the miles rolled off easily and […]

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Inca Tern To finish out our great Peru adventure, Apryle and I decided to relax in the ocean-front capital city. After a 600 kilometer overnight bus ride we arrived at the bus stop rested and ready to take a taxi to Miraflores. Based on advice […]

Peru Part 4: Cordillera Huayhuash & Cordillera Blanca

Peru Part 4: Cordillera Huayhuash & Cordillera Blanca

Hiking near Rondoy Pass The decision to honeymoon in Peru was due in large part to Machu Picchu; however, after reading into the various mountain treks in the country, Apryle and I quickly became engrossed in planning other adventures. After ample research by Apryle, we […]