Starting out on a silly note, which shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise, the team celebrates reaching 100 members of The Outdoor Society’s Strava Club.
Getting serious, a discussion ensues around recording one’s neighborhood walks as ‘runs’ and how to deal with the inevitable face plant on a trails.
There’s also a new training plan out, that’s included in Mathias’ new book: ‘Adventure Running‘ and summer routes at Mount Rainier National Park are planned.
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Right away, we get serious and dive into the Suunto vs Strava syncing issues. We then follow up on some notes from previous episodes before chatting about the hills of Kaiser. Discussions then shift over to UTMB and the changes going on with this huge racing weekend. We also discuss Mathias’ imaginary friendship with Kilian Jornet and being friendly on trails with other runners and hikers. We end with silly shenanigans and a lullaby by Mathias. Another perfect episode of Singletrack.
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Heading to Olympic National Park’s Sol Duc region in May of 2019? You may be in for a surprise. Without so much as a press release, Olympic National Park officials announced via their website that the foot bridge over Sol Duc Falls will be closed from May 15th through the 22nd of 2019. If you are reading this after May 22nd, 2019, ignore everything past this sentence.
We all love wildflowers. You could say we go wild for them. You probably shouldn’t, but one could if they wanted to make a terrible dad joke. Because of the allure and draw of the flower bloom, I was asked by Curbed Seattle to write a post that helps residents of Seattle and the Puget Sound see the best of the wildflower blooms. From the Olympics to Rainier, and even hikes around Snoqualmie, I highlighted a few of my favorite spots. Yes, I also included a piece on being a good steward of the land, making sure we have wildflower fields for generations to come. Give it a read. You’ll like it… if you like wildflowers.
Heading out to your favorite National Park on a backcountry adventure, you realize quickly how fast that cell signal disappears. While this might be welcome to curb the distracting emails and social media notifications, when it comes to safety, we’ve all come to rely on our phones to track our location. We use them to reach out to friends and family, giving them updates on where we are at, to look at maps, and to use GPS to track our progress. All this is more than just vanity, It helps get us home safe.
No, the guys don’t have eczema, instead they are talking about itching for adventures and incredible trail runs.
This week has been full of good news from Olympic National Park and it keeps on coming! On Friday, April 5th, 2019, Olympic National Park officials announced that the scenic Spruce Railroad Trail is once again open. This dog and bike-friendly trail should be added to your list of Olympic destinations!
Fresh from her second attempt at the Barkley Marathons Maggie Guterl sits down to share her personal story of preparation, disappointment and passion. Get an inside look at what it takes to sign up, train, show up and compete in this unique race. Thousands of people follow online each year, but only a handful have what it takes to run past that infamous yellow gate.
The last town before entering a National Park, known as a gateway community, is always interesting. Some parks have incredible towns full of amenities and attractions on the outskirts of their protected lands. Others seem to have little more than a gas station and a few curious locals eyeballing every car that drives toward the pristine wilderness.
Great news from Olympic National Park, this time from one of the most scenic places the park has to offer. In a park known for being spoiled with beauty, thanks to stunning rainforests, wild rivers and rugged coastlines, another gorgeous destination is open to you whenever you want to visit it. The snow is melting and warmth is returning. The ridge is open.
Insects bug people. We all have had experiences on public lands where horseflies kept biting us, mosquitoes tried to drain us of every drop of blood and yellow jackets harasses and stung us. We come back dejected, itchy and sometimes swollen. I agree- days when bugs are bad can be awful. However, sometimes an encounter with an insect is the opposite, giving a day full of intrigue and wonder. For me, once such encounter occurred in Montana’s Paradise Valley.
Lots on the agenda in this week’s episode. It’s Barkley Weekend, ITRA voting is kicking off, runners run #everysinglestreet in their city all over the world. Training schedules are pondered and routes are schemed. Oh, and there’s a race you should sign up for: Little Backyard Adventure.
Good news for those who love the Hood Canal side of Olympic National Park! The road to Staircase will soon be repaired and open! During construction, the road will be closed to all traffic, including those on foot. The Shady Lane Trail is still open and accessible.
Closed during the snowy, winter months, the Sol Duc region of Olympic reopens during the spring months, allowing the masses to rediscover the beauty found along this majestic river. On March 23rd, 2019, Sol Duc Hot Springs Road reopened to vehicles, giving every access to this incredible region. While many trails still have snow, you can once again hike the falls and explore this pretty corner of Olympic National Park.
The pressure builds in your head, your ears feel tight, the air gets thinner; these are the signs that you are gaining elevation quickly. Increasing, the only relief is a hard swallow or blowing your nose, “popping” your ears and releasing the pressure. This feeling is one of my first memories. I was four years years old, flying back from California and I was crying. The elevation gain was too much for my tiny head to deal with and was incredibly uncomfortable. I had my favorite stuffed animal clutched to me tightly as my parents and the flight attendant tried to reassure me that it would be alright. I was given a drink and some peanuts and the pressure was released. For years, I loathed this experience. Now, it is a sign that great adventures will soon be had.