Favorite trails (new to me)
Stetattle Ridge, North Cascades
|Looking south down Stetattle Ridge, September 2014|
|Southern Bauerman Ridge on the Boundary Trail, June 2014|
|Sir-Hikes-a-Lot at High Pass, October 2014; also one of my favorite pictures of the year|
Favorite trail (repeat)
Copper Ridge, North Cascades
Whether it's a day hike to the lookout, the 55km loop including the ridge and Chilliwack River, or during a point-to-point outing, it's just a wonderful place to be.
|Copper Ridge, August 2014|
|Uncle Pete on Copper Ridge, October 2012|
Favorite pieces of gear (new)
Patagonia Strider Pro shorts and Meister Compression Sleeves
Thanks be to Dave for the shorts tip: nice lightweight material, large stretchy pockets and the drawcord on the outside! Every pair of shorts should be like that. I did remove the liner, but otherwise I wore these shorts on almost every long mountain run. Paul turned me onto the sleeves: half the price of some trail running brands and with better compression. Of course, who knows if they actually work, but I still wear them a lot and at the least my legs don't get too scratched up from PNW brush.
|With all of my favorite gear, Spider Meadows, October 2014; Ethan's photo|
Favorite pieces of gear (old)
Salomon S-Lab 12L vest and Pearl Izumi Trail N2 shoes
Two pieces of gear I wear on every long run. At least three other people I run with ended up buying the same pack; it's simply very solid and versatile. The N2s also are still working for me and a couple of contest-won pairs from Phil at 7 Hills helped out.
|Shameless, I know...|
Favorite post-run meal
'59er Diner, Coles Corner
This has to be a new ritual when headed to the Entiat-Leavenworth area. Ethan, Kate and I had two memorable meals there: me sleeping on the table; Ethan being quizzed by a server why he would order a beer and a milkshake; "Flo" giving us a Washington State Recreation Guide for Disabled Persons; and breakfast with milkshakes for dinner.
Has to be Plain. Though Gorge Waterfalls 100km is a very close second.
|Me, Paul and TimG in Mad Meadow during Plain, September 2014; Will Thomas photo|
|The finish line amenities|
"YEAH SON, GET IT!"
Approaching Beaver Pass around 9am and 20 miles into my day, two grizzled characters were coming down the switchbacks toward me. The guy in front looked like an outdoor, bearded version of Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson, glasses included. With paddles sticking out of their hefty packs they were either doing some awesome pack rafting or were planning on going self-powered across Ross. As I got close to him, he emphatically said, "YEAH SON, GET IT!" It was not what I was expecting to hear, but it gave me a great shot of excitement that without exchanging any words, I felt like he understood what I was trying to do that day.
Favorite animal sighting
Spawning sockeye salmon, Indian Creek
|I've seen spawning salmon before, but this was really special; August 2014|