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Winter Trail Running Mt. Whitney

While planning our winter Wild West Trail Running Road Trip, there was nothing we wanted to do more than Mt. Whitney. Not just because it’s the highest peak in the lower 48, but because it …

Trail Running Telescope Peak in Death Valley

Freezing in Death Valley Our Wild West Trail Running Road Trip got off to a frozen start. We’d been seeking dry, thawed trails for a week when we finally decided to head for the desert. …

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Wild West Winter Trail Running Road Trip

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”― Edward Abbey Road trips conjure up visions of sunny days and warm nights, windows down and friends jockeying around tailgates for …

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4000er Training Summary

Sliding down with my feet in the air, I flipped over and dug the ice ax into the snow below my chest. The axe and my boots gripped and stopped me.  A sigh of relief. …

The Berner Haute Route Ski Tour

Foreigners in Switzerland often have a similar observation. It’s a feeling of doing things wrong according to the Swiss. Dealing with recycling on a Sunday, peeing standing up, or wearing sweat pants in public come …

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The Via Valais Summary

Trail running the Via Valais, Zinal

It took three weeks of exploring trails and three different routes to nail it. But, in the end, boy did we nail it! The Via Valais route is complete, but we are not going to …

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Trail Running Nepal’s 3 Passes (part 2)

A trail runner starting up the first pass, Kongma La, above Chukhung while starting the 3 Passes tour, with a view of Ama Dablam in the background. Khumbu Valley, Nepal.

Continued from part 1. Leaving Chukhung for the 3 Passes The decision was made, we’d go. Committing to the run meant having the bare minimum of gear. We sent a porter down to Namche with …

Trail Running Nepal’s 3 Passes Trek (part I)

Trail running on the Cho La Pass trail, part of the 3 Passes Tour in Nepal's Khumbu Region.

Trail Running in the Nepal Himalaya Four days before we headed off to run the 3 Passes Tour I couldn’t walk. Kim had neon green mucus draining from her eyes. Elevation had not been kind …

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Running the Glacier Haute Route

The idea to run the Glacier Haute Route evolved in about a two minute conversation with our Run the Alps Switzerland book partner, Kim Strom. Driving to Arolla for a run, we spotted the expanse …

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Climbing the Dent Blanche Regular Route South Ridge

Climbing Dent Blanche

Climbers prefer either a beautiful line or an inspiring overall objective. You don’t always get both. In the case of the 4357 meter Dent Blanche, you get a perfect combination of a classic ridge climb …

For a Few Meters More at the Ortler Ski Tour

skiing the Gran Zebru, Ortler ski tour

The Ortler Ski Tour Two guys wearing nothing but spandex shorts, ski boots, and packs full of gear saunter down to the parking lot. Spaghetti western extras with holstered ice axes and dangling ski crampons. …