Friday, November 15, 2013
I split and stacked a cord of wood the other day, a mix of maple, alder, cherry and some doug fir. It was deeply satisfying, more satisfying than my rational self can justify. I think some sort of tension was uncoiled in my animal brain. I felt unified, in a primal way, with the impending transition into a cold winter.
Fall is my favorite time of year because it floods my fossil brain with these types of connections. The strain from a season of training and adventures slowly drops away in the same way bright colors fade to brown and leaves float to the ground. Shorter days and flattened daylight induce introspection. In dim light we move in closer to observe things. Activity, once expressed outward, moves inward. A summer season of adventures has been harvested. It is a time to let the body rest, transition into other activities and projects, spend more time with family, play music, ponder the past, and store fuel, like stacking firewood, for future endeavors.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
"In mid-August, in the midst of many higher profile FKT attempts, my good friend, Yassine Diboun, and I set out to attempt a self-supported FKT on the 456-mile Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. The self-supported and uber-light approach of our 'runpacking' adventure relied heavily on our ultrarunning fitness and compact packs, and demonstrated a genuine attempt to navigate the confluence of ultrarunning and fastpacking."
Read the whole thing HERE.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
At 1:37 pm today (August 17th), I crossed the Oregon/Washington border on the Pacific Crest Trail (mid-point on the Bridge of the Gods) after starting at the Oregon/California PCT border on August 9th at 3 pm. This establishes a new self-supported speed record on the PCT for the state of Oregon in a time of 7 days, 22 hours, 37 minutes. Numerous witnesses were present at both the start and finish and other forms of verification are available to those interested.