So many of our Alberta courses are mountain courses. Which I love of course! But it’s so pleasant once in a while to XC across long damp grass and open spaces. After Black Spur Ultra 108k In August I went on the San Juan bike trip then did Lost Soul (Lethbridge AB) (100 miler, DNF … More Fall is for cross country ultra running!
The so-called Triple Crown of Waterton Lakes National Park is “awarded” upon the completion of three premier trails in the area: Carthew-Alderson, Crypt, and Akamina. A friend organized a bunch of us on an incredible relaxed trail running long weekend with great company. These are the moments we live for. Day 1: Carthew-Alderson, 18km A civilized … More 20160730-0801: Waterton Triple Crown
Christine and I kept in contact after meeting at 2012 Kaslo Sufferfest 200km, a stage race through the interior Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Fellow competitors bonded through the shared experience of physical hunger, sleep deprivation, literally shredded feet, and sore-to-the-touch quadriceps. We went to Bryce Canyon ultra together. We said, hey, we should run the … More 20160702: Ultra Trail West Coast – the game of slugs and ladders
I got back from a month of sitting on my bum in southern Africa in late June and found the email in my inbox, saying there was a spot open for the Lost Soul 100 mile and asking did I want it. “It’s a 35 hour cutoff, right? I can train for a 100 miler in … More 20150911: 77k of Black Spur and 100 miles of Lost Soul
Since J and I didn’t finish the entire Rockwall trail last year, having cut out at Numa Falls for 44k, I had a strong desire to come back and do it again, in the same direction, from Marble Canyon to Floe Lake. But to completion, this time. B decided to join me, and I think he … More 20150808: Rockwall 56k (Kootenays)
We had so much fun doing Tonquin Valley 40k in one day (Portal Creek/ Marmot Basin to Mt. Edith Cavell) last week – despite the rain and mud and bog and foggy views – that I decided to take advantage of the super weather this weekend, and try for another big day. Tonquin Valley (Jasper). Rain. We took no … More 20150802: Long Weekend Lakes Tour 60k (Redearth, Banff)
“When one is loved and feels free and has gotten to know the world somewhat, travel is simpler and happier.” – Paul Theroux, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
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