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Utah Runcation – Zion, Escalante, San Rafael Swell, & Moab

Kaytlyn and I both recently transitioned to new jobs, and in that process, the timing fortuitously worked out such that we could take a few days off to escape this particularly dreary Seattle winter. We packed a bunch of running/adventuring gear, purchased some flights, and headed south to the deserts of Utah.

I’ll let the photos do most of the showcasing of our trip, but I do want to share a high-level recap of how we spent our days, plus some lessons learned that will influence how we travel in the future.

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Orcas 50k

First race of 2017 done! In short, it was a stellar day on sloppy, challenging trails.

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Squamish 50/50

Squamish 50/50 takes the notoriously-challenging Squamish 50 miler, beats your legs to the ground on technical mountain bike trails (90 % singletrack) and 11,000 ft of climbing, and then somehow gets you back at the starting line the next morning to run a 50k on those same trails minus the flat start, packing in another 9,000 ft of gain. So, you’re probably wondering, why would anyone sign up for this race?

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Weekend in the Chiwaukums

Here’s a few photos from an incredible weekend we spent in the Chiwaukums Fall 2016 with our friends Christian and Meredith. Highlights included our first larch sighting of the season, our first snowfall, and lots of wine-induced stargazing.

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Pine to Palm 100 – Kaytlyn’s first hundred!

Long report for a long race.

Earlier this year, our friend Colton tried real hard to convince Ely and I to do our first 100 miler. “No way, I don’t have time to train for that this year. Maybe after I graduate.” So we signed up for Squamish 50/50 instead (50 miles on Saturday, 50k on Sunday, 20,000 ft gain total on gnarly Squamish mountain bike trails). Not sure that was any easier, but in my head it was a more manageable goal.

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Glacier Peak & Mount Rainier Double

This tops the list for the best weekend we’ve had, probably ever. Except for maybe when we got married. Eh, no, I think this still might have been better.

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Fastpacking on a Whim @ Rainbow Lake

With summer fast approaching, Kaytlyn and I decided to go for a quick after-work fastpack in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness just west of Snoqualmie Pass.

Katy had about a 14-hour window between time-points at lab, so we decided a great way to take advantage of the time would be to unwind in the woods, by a lake. It helped that the weather was shaping up to be excellent: no wind, low in the high-40’s at ~4000′, and clear.

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Sun Mountain 100k

I’d be jumping up and down in excitement right now if I could. But my legs are wrecked, so I’ll stick to the couch.

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Mt. Maude/Entiats

A few years ago, we hiked the Leroy Carne High Route and camped/explore the Larch-filled alpine playground. That trip had its fair share of adventures, but one of the biggest takeaways for Katy and I was that we wanted to come back and scramble to some of the Entiat summits.

When this early-October weekend came around, we got lucky with some gorgeous, warm, clear weather, so we hopped in the car and drove east towards the hills. We were rewarded with an awesome adventure and gorgeous autumn colors.

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Oregon Coast 50k

When you get two data people into a room with a course map, an elevation chart, and a crazy idea – a few hours and beers later you just might get a well-calculated, ambitions plan. That’s exactly what happened a few days before Oregon Coast 50k this past weekend.

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