I've been on holiday for a few months across the Middle East and Europe; now that I'm home, friends are asking me what was the highlight of the trip? Easily, it's the couple weeks I spent in the Loire Valley, France. If, like me, you love: long easy days of running at an exploratory as-you-please... Continue Reading →
The reward of the course is, apart from the challenge of the hills, the incredible view of the famous Bixby Bridge from Old Coach Road.
Was looking for a weekday run; that’s how Folding Mountain came onto my radar. Every time I drove into Jasper N.P. from Hinton I’d be looking for the mountain. Which one is it, I’d wonder while looking out the window at the ridges to the East.
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →