Singletrack 52: ‘The Mixtape Volume 1’

This week, Singletrack celebrates 52 straight weeks of trail running talk.

We can’t believe we have lasted this long, especially without replacing Doug as a co-host. To celebrate the first year of this incredible podcast, we decided to give a gift to our dear listeners.


Singletrack 51: ‘There was Lemonade at Phantom Ranch after all’ with Special Guest Michael Linscott


Michael Linscott, longtime ultra runner and community manager at the popular Seattle Mountain Running Group on Facebook joins us for this weeks episode talking Badger 100M, adventure runs in the Pacific Northwest and completing R2R2R.


Singletrack 50: ‘Dragging my Wrecked Carcass through Barkley Hell’ with Special Guest Maggie Guterl


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.


Singletrack 49: ‘Dabbling with Chinese loose-leaf Tea’


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.


Singletrack 48: ‘There will be no Milk at San Diego 100’ with Special Guests Angela Shartel and BJ Haeck


Angela and BJ the new race directors of the historic San Diego 100 join us for a lively chat around the personal motivation and reward to running long distances, what to offer at aid stations and how to setup a race course in wildfire prone Southern California.


Singletrack 47: ‘A Little Backyard Adventure’


Huge announcement, folks! Your Singletrack crew is directing a trail race. Right here in Olympia. Come join us August 10th at LBA Park for a Little Backyard Adventure.

Mathias also announces his candidacy for US representative for the International Trailrunning Association.
And Douglas reviews the Tigertail foam roller and muscle care tool. Listen up, you could win one!


Singletrack 46: ‘Those Cowbells do spark Joy’


Your hosts shares their epic aid station adventure at the Mountain Marathon & Hillbilly Half last weekend. Mathias announces his new book: ‘Adventure Running – Exploring Olympia’s Trails’ Pre-order it today!
And they conclude with a deep dive into some some of the gear they’ve been testing over the last few weeks.


Singletrack 45: ‘Beachballs on Mt. Adams’ with Special Guest Katja Hurt


This show is a little dangerous. With special guest Katja Hurt of the newly formed Wilderness Chaplains, the team takes a deep dive into the emotional toll on everyone when things go wrong outdoors. It’s a serious show. Well, kind of.


Singletrack 44: ‘Bacon-wrapped Shrimp’ with Special Guest Mike Ehredt


Running legend, coach and race director Mike Ehredt joins the show to discuss the challenges of Hard Rock 100, adventure running in foreign cultures and the pure bliss of letting our legs carry us mile after mile. Oh, and how many Mocha Frappuccinos it takes to cross America on foot.


Singletrack 43: ‘There will be Wigs and Cowbells’

Good news! Your Singletrack team will be hosting an aid station at the Hillbilly Half and Mountain Marathon this March. It’s one of the most fun and gnarliest races in the area that you definitely should sign up for. And we’ll be there, so of course it will be wild.
Also on this week’s show: Doug is testing chafing balms, Mathias needs new shoes, again, and the crew discusses the film ‘Free Solo’, finally. We also get quite silly and serious, so just a normal day with your two favorite co-hosts. 


Singletrack 42: ‘Challenging but never Brutal’


The crew retells their latest fun-filled adventure at the boggy North Slope of the Capitol Forest.
Weather-related race cancelations are discussed and what a lobbying group for trail runners would focus on. Deep stuff.


Singletrack 41: ‘We used to fall all the time in Idaho’


Your hosts discover new to them sun-filled trails so close to home and introduce Capitol Forest. The usefulness of micro spikes is debated and how one finds the physical and mental energy to get up and go on regular training runs.


Singletrack 40: ‘Double Double with Grandpa’

Doug runs the Nookacamps Winter race, actually runs it twice! And finishes it, with his grandpa. You’re awesome Grandpa and you too Doug, well done.
You’re beloved hosts also discuss the on-boarding of new technology and how to cook the best taco meat. Like the white experts they are.

Thanks to Rickey Gates and Suunto for sending Mathias a new Suunto 9 watch. Very very awesome!


Singletrack 39: ‘Literally Every Single Street’


Mathias did it! He finished his winter project of running every damn single street in Olympia, Washington. The team (even Barbara Walters makes an appearance) have a lengthy conversation around goal setting, personal dreams, and life affirming projects. That is the essence of these short, weird, fun few years we walk and run on this planet called earth. There’s other stuff too.


Singletrack 38: ‘No one was dressed at that aid station’


Topics in this week’s episode include the UTMB draw, cherry coke, and dynamite. Doug signs up to Run the Rut mountain race, again! And the team gets political by yelling at asshats cutting down trees at Joshua Tree National Park due to the government shutdown.


Singletrack 37: ‘Dragging Tires up Kaiser’


It’s the new year and plans must be made, dreams hatched, and projects planned.
Share with us your dream adventure project for 2019 via audio message and we’ll include in an upcoming show.
Oh, and don’t forget to stretch after your run.


Singletrack 36: ‘Fire, Ice and Jingle Bells’


Groundbreaking Obscure. Memorable. Hilarious. Artistic.
Sometimes, there are movies that are too good to not be shared, Fire and Ice is one of them. In this week’s episode, Mathias and Doug give themselves a present by discussing the 1986 German Ski Film, Fire and Ice. Full of memorable quotes, ski dancing, tongue rolling and incredible music, this movie is a classic that few have seen. We dive deep into the movie, recapping the scenes and lines, giving you, the listener, an audio journey of the movie that is a classic at The Outdoor Society. We laugh a lot, talk about 80s culture and clothing, and of course, sing.
This episode is brought to you by the 2019 Summit Book, covering Mount Ellinor and Mount Rainier, which is a land of fire and ice!


Singletrack 35: ‘Holding Out For a Hero’


Singing, seriousness, and storms! Mathias and Doug continue their conversation about running the streets, respond to listener feedback, running with saws and even get into the technical details on route planning and tracking. Despite Doug’s best efforts to derail Mathias with random comments, your favorite co-hosts also manage to find time to talk about Zinke’s resignation, awesome solar lights, and what song Doug should sing at a holiday Karaoke party. Another 5 star episode? We think so.


Singletrack 34: ‘Claiming Mountains in the Name of Tea and Crumpets’

Let the year-end extravaganza begin. Your hosts review their best runs of the last year, and shares tips on how to make a vegan pavlova, while eating pork jerky.
Commitments are made to volunteer more in the new year and how to strike up the right conversations at the next family holiday gathering.


Singletrack 33: ‘Off the Rails Like Retired Trains and Climate Change’

In this brief chat Douglas and Mathias discuss the pros and cons of creating your own ultra adventure vs. participating in organized races. Mathias drinks whiskey with a headlamp on while sharing the progress on his EverySingleStreet project using a SPOTX satellite messenger.
Later your favorite hosts make an urgent appeal to take the newly released climate assessment report recently released to heart. This is no joke folks. We have to change the way we live our lives.


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By Doug and Mathias on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State