Monday, November 26, 2012

Video: Brass Knuckle Shuffle

This past weekend was a huge success. 27 runners started in the first Human Potential Fat Ass of the season. We all enjoyed a magnificent 65 degree day in Boulder. The course was tough. 6 Hours for the 25 mile total for me and a few others. Not bad for 13,000' of elevation change. Here is the video from this weekends run.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Whackin' 'round

Recently I've been getting back into the mountains and actually exploring the Front Range of Colorado. From out my Front Door, my drive to work, my time in Boulder; the entire time is spent gazing at the mountains right out the Front door. I'm grateful to live in such a uniquely geographic area. Where the plains meet the mountains and rise to the great divide. 

Eldorado Mountain - Monday, October 8
Over the course of 2012, I've tried (with no success) to climb Eldorado Mountain on two occasions. I knew that it was finally time to try again and I knew success was eminent. The first time it was snowy and my partner was a bit out of his comfort zone. The second time was during Sanitarado, where the sun went down and I was up high without a headlamp. And so, Jeremy and I headed out of Eldorado Springs and began our ascent of Eldorado Mountain. We hiked as high as we could on trail before traipsing onto some herd paths. Those paths soon ended and we were left with rock scrambles and all out climbing up what I would describe as a "Stegosaurus Ridge."

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Fat Ass: A History

Courtesy: SKArunner

It was 1974 when Gordy Ainsleigh first stepped to the dirt to run the now infamous Western States 100 Mile Course. He ran along side a herd of horses, competing in the 100 Mile Endurance Ride, an event he had participated in as a rider for a few years prior. After his horse came up lame, he was encouraged to just run the course himself. And so.. he did.

Ainsleigh’s feat was repeated in 1975 by Rob Kelly, and again in 1976 by “Cowman” Ken Shirk.  Counter to today’s numbers, indicative of the popularity of the event, some 16 runners toed the starting line at the very first Western States 100 in 1977. This 1977 running of the event was “low-key,” only offering 3 aid stations, and runners relying on drop bags and whatever skeleton crew they could muster up for support. There was no entry fee, no shirts, no medals, no whining.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Chasing Nolan's 14: Eric Lee


It is not a race, but one of the most definitive displays of personal perseverance and endurance. The goal? To climb as many 14ers as one can, travelling on foot, in 60 hours. No course markings, no water or food stashes in the woods. It is human against 60 hours, and 14 mountains that rise above 14,000’ in elevation.
According to Matt Mahoney’s Website, “Nolan's 14 is a run over the 14 summits over 14,000 ft. in Colorado's Sawatch Range, from Mt. Massive to Mt. Shavano in either direction. You can choose your own route between summits, but the most practical routes have been estimated to be 88 to 106 miles with 44,000 ft. of climb. Cutoff is 60 hours to the last summit.”
http://mattmahoney.net/nolans14/

Since 1999, only seven people had completed the journey to all 14 peaks in 60 hours. On September 3rd, Eric Lee of Boulder, CO became number eight. This is an event that tends to live under the radar in ultra and trail running circles. It is usually only discussed in passing, and with a true sense of disbelief. Most times, only mentioned in discussions including the Barkley Marathons. It is legendary in peak-bagging and mountaineering circles, where many deem it impossible or deny it even exists.

But then there is Eric Lee

Monday, August 6, 2012

VB: Mt. Werner Classic 50K

This past weekend I snuck up to Steamboat Springs, CO to run in the 2012 Mt. Werner Classic. For the last 17 or os years, the Mt. Werner Classic has entertained runners with a 5 and 12 mile trail run option. This year, Race Director Emily Conjura did away with the shorter distances and challenged runners with a new 50K only option.

I hadn't run an official 50K even since September 2008. I had an amazing afternoon while patiently letting the miles flow beneath me along a truly challenging course. Made some new friends and enjoy the small ultra crowd that had gathered at this Eco Friendly event. I'll tell you more of the story later, but for now.. enjoy the video version.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

10,000 Miles

Wakely Dam.. my first ultra
I started running in the fall of 2004 but never really started to record my miles until January of 2006. In the last 6 years of recorded running history, I've finally run my 10,000th mile. This number includes easy hikes in the mountains, backpacking trips, training runs, races.. any activity where my feet carried me from A to B has been recorded and last Friday, I finally ran mile 10,000. Mile 10,000 was run much like my first mile. I ran around my neighborhood on paved roads and sidewalks. Slowly letting the miles click by and just enjoying hearing myself breath and feeling myself sweat.

Friday, July 20, 2012

90 Percent


"Ten Percent of running an Ultramarathon is the actual running, the other 90 Percent is mental."

Over the last decade, there have been many films produced and released that try and capture the essence of Ultra running. Most, if not all, of these films capture the grueling physical toll on running great distances itself, or put on the display the actual race itself. So few of these films truly capture the essence of the mental aspect of running one-hundred miles. Movies can show the course all they want and show you the beauty that one sees while running these grueling events.... it's a given. Movies have shown us the physical training and athletisism needed to endure the distance. But so few films have focused on the true  90 Percent running an ultra is... mental.

I've completed the production of my newest film titled, 90 Percent. This short film, I feel, introduces audiences to 2 ultra-marathon runners living in Colorado's Front Range; whom prepare for and run in the 2012 Big Horn 100 Mile Endurance Run, the races 20th Anniversary Running. The film briefly follows these runners as they take on the Big Horn 100 and will capture their most intimate and candid thoughts throughout the race, as they run with handheld cameras. And yes... I'm one of those runners. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Longs Peak

As many of you know, I work as a Professional Adventure Guide here in Colorado's Front Range. To put it bluntly, I get paid to play. A few months ago, a former co-worker of mine fired a parting shot across my bow on his way out the door. From what I heard, he told come of my co-workers that my guiding clients up Longs Peak was "a joke." So, as I normally do, I set out quite a few times in the month of June to prove him wrong. I can't tell you how many times I've been up Long's Peak now. I've studied the mountain so closely that I know it pretty intimately. I even know where many of the peaks connector trails flow off to, if I want to embark on some amazing long runs.

I don't want to sit here and tell you all about my trips up and down the peak. Just know that I finally guided the peak on June 30th and will again on July 30th. Funny, on June 30th, I managed pretty well with my client while my boss hunched over and puked his brains out near the Keyhole. I got a kick out of that. I've always been confident in my abilities. Well aware of what I am capable of and not capable of. Longs Peak, is a HUGE mountain and yet.. it's not unlike any mountain I've done back East. At 14,259' in elevation, Longs is the Northern-most 14er in Colorado and is the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was first climbed by John Wesley Powell (yeah.. that guy) back in 1868. Below are some of the pictures I've taken during the last month on Longs.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Race Report: Big Horn 100

2012 Big Horn Trail 100
June 15-17, 2012
Dayton, WY
20:40 DNF
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Whose Broad Stripes..
After an unforgettable rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, the runners huddled around the starting line on this random dirt road, quite literally in the middle of nowhere in Western America. Outside the downtown area of quaint Dayton, WY; we all stood under a hot morning sun on one of Wyoming's rural dirt roads. This one, leads into the Tongue River Wilderness. Today, I assume it's called tongue river due to the heat and the waging tongues of us runners. I stood anxiously awaiting the start. I've trained harder for this race then I have countless others in the last few years. The Collegiate Peaks 50, 53 Miles of the Grand Canyon, a few winter Fat Asses. They all lead to here and yet, I feel underprepared. Always like I haven't done enough.

The countdown begins abruptly out loud. They count off from 7, 6, 5, 4... 1.. GO! We're off and running. I don't know what I was thinking but I find myself up front, struggling to keep pace with a few dozen runners whose pace is faster then my own. I look around and try and take stock of who I'm near. I'm gasping for air and starting to panic, worried that in my excitement for the race I'm on the verge of blowing up. Just then, Mark Larson, who had travelled to Wyoming with me; running his first 100; and much faster then I.. came up behind me. That scared me a bit. Mark came up behind me. I knew then that I had gone out too fast and I ease way off. I spend the next 5 miles trying to get my heart rate to come down.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Big "DNF" Horn

It has taken me much longer to sit down and write this as I would have liked. Truth of the matter is, I've been spending the last week swallowing hard, reflecting, and trying to figure out what the hell happened myself. The gist of it is that I ran 68 miles last weekend at the Big Horn 100 Mile Endurance Run. For the first time in my 100 mile running "career", I made it through the entire night without stopping for a nap. I was doing great, having reached the 50 mile turn-around at 12:40am (13:40 Run Time). But then something happened out there.. and I'm still uncertain as to what that is.

The 16 mile downhill from the 50 Mile turn-around to Mile 68 took me about 7 hours to complete. Most of it wasn't pretty. My feet were hamburger thanks to 2 and 3' snow drifts still present up high and the melting snow ceasing a quagmire of soupy mud. I could feel the "skin fold" starting to flare up and a whole lot more. A sizable blister formed on the ball of my right foot beneath my big toe. I was urinating uncontrollably it seemed. Like clockwork, every 20 minutes for 4 hours, I was stopping to pee. At one point, when I stopped to do "the other" I peed on myself.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Video: Running Is Fun 2

As originally posted on TrailandUltraRunning.com

It's always great to remind each other that this running thing that we do is supposed to be FUN. No doubt about it. I have a motto with everything that I do.. "if you're not having fun, then why are you doing it?" I've asked myself the very same question during 100 Mile races... where once the fun was gone, I decided to go home early..

This past weekend I worked on a video that was the brain child of Jerry Armstrong. If you don't know who Jerry is.. he's one of those top 5 or top 10 runner types who actually hangs out with mediocre runners like myself.. even while training for big races. In the year that I've known Jerry... I know for a fact that this dude... "GETS IT."

Jerry came up with an idea for a video a month or two ago called Running is Fun. It was a huge hit.. and inspired many folks to reach out and say thanks. "Thanks for the reminder.." that all of this is supposed to be fun. Sometimes we get caught up in the goal, or the watch, or the stretching and hopping about at the starting line, that we forget what this journey is supposed to be all about..

Ever watched a child run?? Ever notice the smile on their face and how simple it really is? NO special shoes, or gadgets or anything.. just fun.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Run Report: Grand Canyon R2R2R

Grand Canyon
Rim to Rim to Rim
Saturday, May 19, 2012
North Rim, AZ
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North Rim Grandeur
I still remember the day I stumbled across Davy Crockett's running report from one of his grand Canyon Adventures. The idea of running across one of the worlds most incredibly natural wonders immediately appealed to me. The adventure immediately found it's place on my bucket list. A few years ago, my NH running partner made his way to the Canyon without me, alongside a friend of his, seemingly in the dark of night. I was incredibly hurt that a secret trip to the canyon had taken place and I began to wonder if I'd ever make it there myself. The wondering stopped once I moved to Colorado. The Canyon is now only a 12 hour drive fro my front door, a short trip by Western Standards. I was going to do it in October as part of my Adventure 30 Expedition, but opted for a 100 miler in Moab instead. I knew back in October that I would tackle the Grand Canyon this may come hell or high water, and this time, nothing would stand in my way.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Video: Grand Canyon R2R2R

This past weekend I embarked on one of my greatest adventures to date. The transformative powers of the Grand Canyon are out of this world. In fact, those who have been to this incredible Ninth wonder of the world can attest to it's beauty... yet so few have seen so much of it in one day and from the various angles I was able to enjoy.

This past weekend, a few friends of mine and I ran 53 miles in the Grand Canyon. We started at our campsite on the North Rim and ran down.. across and up to the South Rim before running across the lip of the South Rim and then back down and across to the North Rim. The entire adventure took us 16 hours and 46 minutes.

I wanted to share this with all of you because I thought you'd enjoy the different perspectives of the Canyon, the real adventure elements, and perhaps you'll understand a little more about the transformative powers of the Canyon. Experiential Education at it's very best.. It's not as death defying when you're trained and prepared for such an undertaking yet.. at the same time it's one of the hardest things I've ever done. It was an incredible way to celebrate one year since my graduation from UNH Outdoor Education.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

RR: 2012 Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler

April 28, 2012
Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Run
Buena Vista, CO
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Pre-Race
As I sat in the Buena Vista community center listening to the opening remarks of the pre-race meeting I knew I had come to the right place. The race director started spouting off about how the race even began. Like most, "Old School" ultra marathons, the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler started with a small group of folks deciding to put in some miles in "Fat Ass fashion." As the years went by, more and more folks started showing up for their group run and before you know it, they knew they needed to turn it into an official event for safety's sake and to raise a little money for the local youth. Years later, the Collegiate Peaks 50 still regards itself as a runner friendly race, steeped in the traditions of a growing sport, unwavering in their offerings. I knew this was going to be one hell of a race.

There is one thing I forgot however. Which is exactly how old school ultras run. This race is no exception to the rule. The race consists of two 25 mile loops. You run the first in the clock-wise direction and the second in the counter-clockwise direction. There are plenty of aid stations out there, but the aid there is limited and lack variety. Runners are not allowed drop-bags or the use of crews, except, at the 25 mile turn around (Start/Finish Area). I personally really dig ultra's like this, but I've run the pampered races for so long that I forgot how much more challenging races like this can actually be. Either way, I was pumped the morning of the race and ready to run.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Boulder Running

I LOVE living here in the Front Range. This truly is the mecca of trail running. When I'm not actually out running, I'm dreaming of running. So of course, I wanted to share my latest running "dream" with you all. Enjoy.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ninja's Run Bear

Thanks to Jerry Armstrong for making this video of us running a few weeks ago. Training in Boulder is the Bee's Knees... Enjoy!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

VB: 2012 Collegiate Peaks 50


This is my video report from the 2012 Collegiate Peaks 50 Mile Ultramarathon. I finished the race in 11:36:22 and had an amazing time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

60 Hours...at The Barkley

Sixty hours is the time limit hopefuls have every year at the Barkley Marathons in Frozen Head State Park, TN. Sixty Hours is the time limit for completing 5 loops and 100 miles (some say 122+) of some of the most brutal and unforgiving terrain on earth. Of the more than 700 who have ever tried to finish this brutal course, only 10 had ever succeeded at navigating it in its entirety heading into this years event. There are no questions as to why this is considered, truly, the toughest ultra-marathon in the world. Those who have succeeded in the past include individuals whose accomplishments are needlessly amplified by their success here. All men, who have held the records for speed on such epics as The Pacific Crest Trail, The Appalachian Trail, The Long Trail, The Colorado Trail, The 14ers and 4000 Footers of NH and NY.. the list goes on. These same men; Horton, Cave Dog, Basham, Thompson, and others; are all accomplished and celebrated Ultra-marathon runners.

That all changed on Monday, April 2, 2012. Sixty hours is all it took. For 60 hours.. all of it, he circumnavigated the course known as the Barkley. As they talked about Maune's record and Jared coming in.. they also mentioned him. Who? Who is he? He flew under the radar. Told virtually no one that he was in the event. He has no sponsors and in turn, no shirt littered with the names of companies that support him. His race results show that he is indeed a mere mortal, a mid-pack runner, with an ample number of ultra-finishes along side his mortal peers. This wasn't supposed to be. For over 25 years.. only the front runners and elites, the celebrated, the sponsored, the heroes, the "named".. were those who completed this event. But in just 60 hours, this man broke the mold and changed the face of our sport forever.

Monday, April 9, 2012

RR: High Line Canal Fat Ass

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Denver, CO
Fat Ass Fun Run
High Line Canal Trail
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I planned a series of Fat Ass events through the winter season here in the Front Range of Colorado. The High Line Canal 100K, was my third and final planned event. The plan was to run the length of the High Line Canal from Chatfield State Park, South and West of Denver, to it's northeastern terminus in Aurora, CO. The High Line Canal Trail is the longest recreational trail in America. It's over 70 miles in length, but with the southern most 8 miles closed off, it stretches exactly 100k from end to end. Perfect.

Who is this kid?
I arrived at the trailhead just after 5:00am for the start of this epic run. In the dirt parking lot are quite a few folks. Dennis Durst showed up to run with me again, the ONLY person to have participated in all of my fat asses this winter season. Then there was AJ and Val and one other young man who I'll refer to as Zippy. A young man, all of 18 years old with only one 50K under his belt. In the weeks leading up to this run, he questioned if I was "serious about using gas stations and convenience stores for aid." Of course I was. His plan was to run the entire 100K at 8:50 pace. He showed up with a make-shift crew in a Ford Explorer and started running with his garmin watch on, and nothing in his hand but a water bottle. This would't be so bad except his crew had no clue where to meet him next and he wasn't wearing a head lamp.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"48" On YouTube

It was in 2004 when I took to New Hampshire's White Mountains to complete my quest to hike NH's 4000 Footers. 48 peaks that rise 4,000' above sea level, (an internal joke now that I live at 5,350') that have been gathered on a list made by Appalachian Mountain Club members back in 1957. Since then, it is estimated that over 9,000 hikers have ever "officially" hiked the list of peaks. It is estimated that there are literally thousands more who have completed the list and never applied for official recognition. Even more spectacular, less then 500 have ever completed the list in winter and around 50 have completed them in ONE winter season.

In 2004, I carried a video camera with me and documented my journey of finishing the list. I told the story of how the "48" came to be, who started the craze, how they started it; who climbs these mountains and investigated why. I shot over 5 hours of raw footage and spent nearly 4 months crafting it into a one hour documentary film. I toured all over New England with the finished product, selling over 800 DVD copies and donating over $25,000 of the net proceeds to diabetes research.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

What is a smart goal? This is a term which is different for everyone. But I'm more talking about the word S.M.A.R.T. from a mnemonic perspective. In the end, I guess smart and S.M.A.R.T can be compared at great length and very little difference could be delved from the two meanings. Let me give you a definition of the word smart that you might not think of: adj. "having properties that can be changed in response to stimuli or environmental conditions; self-regulating." Well now isn't that interesting, especially if we are to place it into an adventure context.

In this post, I want to take a closer look at creating S.M.A.R.T. goals. What does that mean? What does it mean to be a smart adventurer? How do we engage ourselves in being smart or S.M.A.R.T. in better attaining our achievable goals? These, I feel, are great questions. Lets discover the answers.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Experiential

As mentioned here at some point over the last few weeks, this past weekend was the 2012 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference for the Association of Experiential Education. I had a great time in Durango attending and presenting workshops in regards to adventure education, outdoor education and experiential education. I even held a workshop on Ultra-Marathon Running and how it took can be used as an expeditionary tool to engage participants in transformational experiences leading to social change.

I just wanted to take a moment to outline my big take aways from this weekends conference. It's important to understand, I suppose, why I even went. Most folks who read this blog know that I work in Boulder, CO as a Professional Adventure Guide. My job is far more encompassing then that. I am also the Operations Director for this adventure travel company and work as a lead facilitator for Corporate Adventure Training experiences. Much of what I do on a daily basis, is work towards a better and more socially just society.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

VB: High Line Canal 100K

Below is video from the 2012 High Line Canal 100K. The third and final event of the 2012 Team Sherpa ultra running Winter Expeditions.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blind Potential

For 5 years now, I've maintained this blog to discuss what is humanly possible. To discuss this idea of Human Potential. To reverse the use of excuses, and promote the ideals of reaching beyond what one truly believes they are capable of. We've thrown terms around such as Flow, Self-efficacy, Motivation, Possible and the ever daunting Impossible. No matter how many times I reiterate these terms, or re-tell tales, or tell tales of new adventures in ways that mimc old adventures, nothing will ever meet the comparison of what has just transpired in the frigid mountains of New Hampshire.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Interview: Eric Payne


Name: Eric “Hearsay” Payne
Age: 30
Location: Lyons, CO
Birthplace: Richmond, VA
Years Running: 3+
Years Running Ultras: 3
Notable Ultra Accomplishments:
Ultra(runs):Bear 100, San Juan Solstice 50, Jemez 50, Desert RATS 50
Ultra(thru-hikes): Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail, Grand Enchantment “Trail”, Arizona Trail FKT attempt
Ultra(bike trips): 1,600 mile jeep road loop of Colorado's Western Slope/Southern Utah. 5,000+ mi through Baja, Mainland Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala

Sherpa John (SJ): Eric, I want to take a moment to thank you again for taking the time to conduct an interview with us here on Human Potential. From time to time we seek out those, "regular folks," among us who seek out amazing experiences and you're definitely one of those folks. So thanks for joining us.
Eric Payne (EP): Anyone who can scheme up an event like The Trail Ridge Assault is a friend of mine. I'm happy to chat with you about all things running/hiking/adventure-scheming.

Monday, February 20, 2012

RR: Frozen Dead Guy 50K

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Nederland, CO
28 Miles
4,075' Gain/6,509' Loss
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The second event of this years Team Sherpa Winter Expeditions started in the frigid town of Nederland Colorado. Ned is home to The World Famous Frozen Dead Guy, whose annual festival is coming up in 2 weeks. Nederland is nestled at an elevation of 8,228' above sea level and to my knowledge, is the current winter home of UltraRunner Geoff Rowes. One of the classic Boulder running routes is running from Ned to Boulder on mostly if not all trails. This is the basis of this months Winter Expedition.

After picking up the gang at Chautauqua Meadow, of course right after receiving a speeding ticket from Boulder police in my haste to erase my running late, we drove our carpool up to Nederland. We received a slight dusting of snow over night and it left Boulder Canyon an icy treacherous drive up. In Ned we slowly peeled out of the vehicles and into the frosty morning air. AM temps in Ned are hovering around 8 degrees with a brisk wind rushing down off of the Divide. Snow is swirling all around the parking lots while the town is still embraced by the blueish-greayish hue of a still early morning light. The sailors had come back for more, Ray, Steven and Dennis. Brad from Denver, Jeff from Grand Junction and Dan from Morrison. Seven us of total, all standing outside the bathroom door of the local super market. :)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Interview: Jax "365" Mariash


For the third year in a row during the month of January, The Streak! Program went on with great success thanks to those who agree to participate. However, running 31 days in a row with the off chance at a naked mile, pales in comparison to what one dedicated runner is nearing completion of. In this interview, we're going to introduce you to an individual who is pushing the envelope in a running streak. This young woman embodies the true meaning of Human Potential and it is a true privilege to interview her here for the blog.

Name: Jax Mariash
Age: 32
Hometown/Location: Broomfield, CO
Years Running: Since I was 5 (27)
Years Running Ultras (If Any): none. Did 8 marathons so far
Notable Race Finishes: Bronze medal at duathlon world championships and first American in 2008 and double national champion in short and long course duathlon in 2008. But would rather focus on the races during the run mission on my team boulder track club - 9th at chicago half marathon, 3rd at indy half marathon, 1st at a 10k in Oregon on Aug 20th.

Monday, February 6, 2012

RR: Frozen Front Range Marathon

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Boulder, CO
23 Miles
9,500' Gain / 9,385' Loss
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Check out the Video of this event by Clicking Here

Winter Expedition #1
Every winter it has become a tradition of mine to create a series of Fat Ass runs for myself and a number of my friends. In years past, I could always count on the same 3 or 4 folks to show up and run with me back in New Hampshire. This year I went out on a limb and decided to invite all of fellow runners in the boulder and Fort Collins Front Range of Colorado. The early response to the invite of these expeditions was mixed. In the end, I acquired a mailing list of some 20-25 runners who wanted to be kept in the loop for these events. Then of course, I got a few know it all e-mails from a few runners who warned me about Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks regulations, permits, rangers and every other negative thing they could think of. In the end, I'm proud to work as a professional guide in Boulder. I had a permit in hand just in case and at the end of the day, our group was never big enough for it to even matter.

Monday, January 30, 2012

VB: Sanitarado

This past Saturday I headed out across Boulder's Front Range to challenge myself on the classic Sanitarado route. I called it The Frozen Front Range Marathon and it was the first of this years Team Sherpa Winter Expeditions. Nine hearty souls ventured out into the frigid cold and enjoyed one epic experience. No one finished the entire route, but I came the closest to completing the task. While the run report is to follow, I hope you'll enjoy the video for now.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

RR: Southside 50K Fat Ass

1-21-12
Southside 50K
Superior - South Boulder, CO
32 Miles
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A month or two ago I received a FaceBook Event invitation to a Fat Ass run being organized in the South Boulder area of Colorado's Front Range. It's not often that I'm the one being invited to a Fat Ass event this time of year as I'm used to being the one organizing them. And even though it's a week before my own first fat Ass of the winter, I knew I had to take the chance to hop on board. The starting line was to be at the Superior Town Hall, which is quite literally .93 miles from my front door. It quickly became the first time I'd actually run to the starting line of an event I myself hadn't organized.

2nd Annual Southside 50K Route (Courtesy: Eric Lee)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yosemite In HD

A friend of mine sent me this video the other day and I just have to share it with everyone I can. It is insanely powerful on so many levels. In my inability to truly find the words, I'm taking a caption from Jerry Armstrong's Blog. Jerry posted the video over there after I shared it with him, and his words capture my thoughts perfectly. 

From Jerry: "This video captures the feeling and experience of a great 100 mile mountain ultra. Time stands still, and the sun rises and falls. The night comes and goes...and we just keep running. As ultra-endurance athletes, we come to experience nature in a much different way...we work with the earth and come to know the subtle changes that happen every day and throughout the year. Changes and adaptation to environmental factors like cold, wind, water erosion, light, and dark, shape the earth into its magnificence. Ultra athletes, too, are shaped by these forces, and the mental and physiological adaptation that takes place develops us into advanced versions of our previous selves."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

VB: Eldorado

While I'm working on training and exploring, and exploring while training, this year; It's pretty important to me to continue to not only share my journeys with you but also my passion for my life in the outdoors. In 2011 I made the commitment to purchase the new equipment needed in order to accomplish this goal and now in 2012, my commitment goes deeper. On Monday, Jerry Armstrong and I set out for a trek around some of our favorite Front Range trails. From South Boulder's Fowler Trailhead, we made our way into Eldorado Canyon before attempting to summit Eldorado Mountain. In a little over a week, this same area will be a part of the Frozen Front Range Marathon. For now.. here's a preview of the trails I've easily grown to love.