Singletrack: 12 – ‘My Pain Cave is real’

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Doug runs Bangtail Divide and is all smiles. Summer is here and our training runs are sweaty and sometimes shirtless. Mathias dreams up a new audacious project, that’s both doable and insane.

Singletrack: 11 – ‘I was dead after just one Loop’

Douglas tells us about his upcoming race: Bangtail Divide. Mathias almost died of heatstroke on his Kaiser loops. Both share their favorite drinks from the Fourth of July.
The big topic they tackle is around how to properly train for a big race and how to not let your inflated expectations frustrate you on race day.

Seven Lakes Basin Backpacking Permits for July 9-20 Available in Person Beginning Day Before Trip

In a clunky title to a press release sent by Olympic National Park officials, it has been announced that the super gorgeous and extremely scenic Seven Lakes Basin region of Olympic National Park will not be closed from July 9th through the 20th. This news means that you can once again backpack into this amazing area! However, there is a catch. Permits to camp in this backcountry wonderland must be obtained in person. 

Singletrack: 10 – Licking Orange Slices

Your hosts take a deeper look at the gear that carried them through the Broken Arrow Skyrace and what food they love eating at aid stations. We answer the question how important mental strength is during a long race and how cool it would’ve been if Mathias’ iPhone had any juice left for some music on the last few miles of the race.

We also dive into some Western States coverage from last weekend and try to find the story beyond the top ten finishers and how the current coverage favors the pros.

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Broken Arrow Skyrace 2018

We put together a video of one of the most amazing trail race courses on the West Coast. Yeah, the race was that good. If you’re looking for a race to run this coming year, put this one on the list. We had a blast.

Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Hill Trail to Close for Part of the Summer

A good news/bad news situation is coming out of Olympic National Park, this time around the popular and scenic Hurricane Hill Trail at Hurricane Ridge. The bad news? The trail is scheduled to be closed for periods of time during the next three summer seasons. The good news? The trail will be closed for only part of the summer, open for weeks at a time. A full schedule can be found below.  

Happy Birthday, Olympic National Park!!

On June 29th, 1938, Olympic National Park was officially designated as a National Park by President Franklin Roosevelt, forever changing the landscape of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. For the past 80 years, Olympic National Park has been captivating the hearts and imaginations of wilderness explorers of all ages, enticing a deeper connection with the great outdoors. Today, we get to wish it a very Happy Birthday. 

Singletrack: 09 – ‘Road Trip to Broken Arrow Skyrace’

This is our very very special Road Trip episode. Douglas and I wanted to capture the thrill and the essence of our road trip all the way from Olympia to Squaw Valley by Lake Tahoe where we finally got to run the Broken Arrow Skyrace.
There’s a lot in this episode, a detailed breakdown of Douglas and Mathias’s races and some ‘Choco Tacos’.

All of Olympic National Park’s Spruce Railroad Trail Is Now Open for the Summer!

The good news just keeps coming out of Olympic National Park! One day into the summer of 2018, the park sent out a press release, notifying the public that the Spruce Railroad Trail was fully open! Now, you can walk the entire trail and enjoy the views and reconnect with the history of the region along the always stunning Lake Crescent. 

Amazing Video Grizzly Chases Elk Herd in Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley

On a cloudy day to start the summer of 2018, visitors to Yellowstone were greeted with an amazing sight in Hayden Valley. To the delight of onlookers, who were safely away from the action, a herd of elk was chased by a huge grizzly bear. 

Olympic National Park’s Deer Park Road And Campground Are Open!

On June 18th, 2018, Deer Park, one of the prettiest ridges in Olympic National Park, has reopened for hiking, driving and camping! The information was verified the morning of June 18th, by a tweet directly to us from Olympic National Park.

Deer Park, located 14.5 miles east of Hurricane Ridge, is known for stunning views and incredible hiking, as well as being one of the best accessible destinations to star gaze. Deer Park rests in the Olympic Rainshadow, allowing for a windswept ridge that often has some of the best weather in Western Washington. With 14 campsites facing away from the lights of Sequim, Victoria and the other towns of the Salish Sea, Deer Park makes for the ideal destination for those looking for epic views and stunning experiences a mile above the sea.

Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park is Now Open!

On June 12th, 2018, Olympic National Park opened the entirety of Obstruction Point Road! This amazingly scenic and stunning eight mile dirt road from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point allows vehicles to travel along the remote ridge from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Area. The final five miles opened quietly on the morning of the 12th, after a few weeks of access to the Waterhole area was granted to visitors of Washington State’s favorite National Park. In typical Olympic National Park fashion, the news was not announced via Press Release like every other Park in the United States. 

Singletrack: 8 – ‘Attack of Gravity’

Almost road trip time! Your hosts are discussing plans for their trip down to Tahoe for the Broken Arrow Sky Race. Doug also gives a detailed play-by-play of his recent crash on the trails where he tripped downhills and fell flat on his face. Glad he’s okay! This is a great time to remind everyone of the importance of bringing your “10 Essentials” and proper protection when heading onto the trails. Be safe out there, guys!

Singletrack – 7: ‘Please don’t take me to a Lake’

With less than two weeks to their first big race of the season Douglas and Mathias compare final notes and training runs thus far. When will tapering begin, what are their plans for nutrition on race day, and what shoes will they be wearing?
Also: A first look at some planned adventures in the mountains once the final snow is melted and they are fully recovered from their race in Tahoe.

Singletrack – 6: ‘It levels up a bit and then it drops down again’

Douglas takes a road trip to Badlands National Park and Mathias wakes up early to run up Mt. Rose, twice – finally. Training for Broken Arrow is going well for the both of them and they are pushing themselves to keep up their mileage and elevation goals. Mathias bought new shoes – thank you REI anniversary sale, and Douglas has holes in his running socks.

Cell Service at Mount Rainier National Park Won’t Ruin Your Visit

On the afternoon of May 22nd, 2018, a press release sent out by Mount Rainier National Park reached the inboxes of journalists and Mount Rainier enthusiasts, telling us that cell service would soon be added to the Paradise region of the park. Within minutes, the news spread like a wildfire throughout social media, primarily places frequented by the old guard, Pacific Northwest hiking community. The announcement by the park was met by angry hyperbole, as many outdoor enthusiasts around the region claimed wilderness was now lost for good at Mount Rainier. This is not the case at all. In fact, this is great news for visitors to the park. 

Singletrack – 5: ‘Complaining about Californians’

Hungry as always Mathias and Douglas continue to dig into their training routine leading up to their next big race: Broken Arrow Skyrace at Lake Tahoe. They discuss diners in middle America, the best use of poles while attacking hills and why trail running is vastly superior to city marathons.

You Should Stop Saying “We Are Loving National Parks to Death”

We have all seen the headlines telling us that National Parks are being loved to death. Around the country, this headline is the clickbait of the day for outdoors sections of newspapers and bloggers. Headlined by pictures of crowds on our Public Lands, the articles all read the same; one way or another always blaming the influx of visitors. While these stories do have a slight degree of fact to them, the bottom line is that National Parks are not being loved to death. Plain and simple, our parks have not matched the growing desire and demand for nature experiences with our growing population. 

Singletrack – 4: ‘We’re Men in Tights’

Mathias is frustrated about buying running shoes, Douglas’s hamstrings are sore, and neither of them are wearing tights because it’s Springtime. Also, grizzlies, good training routes to get elevation and planning for upcoming races.

The Road to Olympic National Park’s Staircase Region is Now Open!

Attention hikers, campers, trail runners and backpackers of the Pacific Northwest: The road, the road, the road to Staircase is now open! After being closed for nearly half a year, vehicle access to the Staircase region of Olympic National Park has resumed!

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