Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wonderland, Marmot Lake, Surprise Mountain, and St. Helens Circumnavigation Weekend

Total: 25:55 hours, 107 miles, 19,295 ascent, and a Devil's Club straight to the crotch.

Monday was a slow recover nine. Tuesday was an easy pace nine in Pt. Defiance w/Matt. Wednesday was a two-a-day, with eight in the am and ten in the p.m.

Wonderland Trail Shakeout Run & Trail Work
I took a vacation day from work on Friday to complete my trail-work requirement for Cascade Crest. I got to camp for free in the Longmire area of Rainier on Thursday, and trail-work started early Friday morning. A group of six of us did some berm removal and put in water-bars. I managed a short six miles on the trail following the work, and can now say I've run some of Wonderland.

Marmot Lake and Surprise Mountain Run
Saturday was an epic run with Luke and Greg in the Cascades. Pictures tell more of the story, so those will be below. Pretty much a 55K with more than 7,000 ft of gain. Luke and Greg are great guys. They know these epic places and they are okay with me sometimes holding them back a bit. I'm really excited to see how they perform at their respective 'focus' races coming up. Greg is running the incredibly difficult Wasatch 100 in early September, and Luke is tackling his first 50 mile at White River in two weeks!

Luke's blog entry is well worth the read, give it a read by clicking here.

Mount St. Helens Circumnavigation
Got home in the late evening Saturday, took a ice bath, and then was up early Sunday to meet Paul at the June Lake trailhead on Sunday.

Again, pictures tell more of the story. It was hot, exposed, and extremely technical terrain. It took us about 9:20 for about 32 miles and 6,500 ft of gain. Paul was great company, and is running his second 50 mile at White River in two weeks.

Pictures below, awesomeness achieved.

Supplemental Reading
Here are two pieces I thoroughly enjoyed reading this week.


Wonderland Trail

Do work.

My water bar.

No hands.

Marmot Lake

Gonna kill it at White River

Gonna kill it at Wasatch

View from Surprise Mountain


St. Helens, with Paul rock hopping early on

Adams (?) in the background. Clear views of Rainier and Hood all day.

SO many different landscapes and ecosystems as you run around St. Helens

Blast zone

Technical climbs litter the course

Mt Adams.

Ready to tackle White River

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