Nutrition & Hydration Breakdown for Running an Ultra

This week, my husband and I are traveling home to Washington to compete in the Bigfoot 40 Mile Ultra which circumnavigates Mt. St. Helens! This will be my longest race at 43.5 miles and quite the challenge with over 9,000 ft. of climbing. We've completed our last "big" training run and are settling into this [...]

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Laguna Wilacococha, Peru – Acclimating Hike #1

Acclimating Hikes Before setting out to complete the Cordillera Huayhush Circuit, Jake and I spent 5 days acclimating in the town of Huaraz. From Huaraz (10,000ft), we completed 3 day hikes around the area. all varying in elevation. Our highest elevation reached before starting the Huayhuash Circuit was 15,100ft. Originally, we had planned four day [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 8 – Incahuain to Llmac to Huaraz

Day 8 - Incahuain to Llmac to Huaraz It's was our final day in the Cordillera Huayhuash! We had a big decent down to the tiny village of Llamac. We decided to take the alternate "water route" to avoid another 900ft climb. We were absolutely exhausted! We set out at 5:15am. The sky was cloudy [...]

Cordillera Huayhuash – Day 4 – Huayhuash Camp to Viconga

Day 4 Huayhuash Camp to VicongaWe woke up to more rain but felt stronger and better acclimated after a good nights rest. It was a shorter day - only 4.5 hours of total hiking. The trail was a little more gradual today but still reached a 15,500ft pass. No views of the mountains, just lots of [...]

The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

The Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit Location: Andes Mountains of Peru Distance: 81 miles Duration: 8 days Highest Elevation: 16,600ft Itinerary Day 1 - Pocpa to Quartelhuain Campsite (8 miles) Day 2 - Quartelhuain to Carhuacocha Campsite (13 miles) Day 3 - Carhuacocha to Huayhuash Campsite (8 miles) Day 4 - Huayhuash to Viconga Campsite (9 miles) Day 5 - [...]

Back to the Real World: Now What?

Thoughts and observations collected after walking 2,650 miles in the wilderness... My feet STILL hurt. It's been almost 5 weeks now since we finished the Pacific Crest Trail and my feet are still swelling and aching. Usually pain comes first thing in the morning, when I'm at rest, if I walk too much (go figure) [...]

Final Stats From Our 2,650 Mile Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail!

Final Pacific Crest Trail Stats Total Days on Trail: 136 (May 4-September 16, 2017) Trail Names: "Blossom" & "Jake Rabbit" Total Mileage: 2,650 miles + 65 additional miles road walking around fire closures Average Daily Mileage: 19.9 miles (including zero days) Longest Distance Hiked: 36.5 miles Sections Skipped: NONE! Most Elevation Gained in a Day: [...]