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Pacific Crest Trail heading down to Sulpher Springs Road

Triple Digits Lonely

3 PTS TO MT. HILLYER. 6.36 miles, from mile 42.72 to 49.08, elevation just below 6,000 feet. The middle of the AC100 race, and the last section of heat. It starts with 4 miles of slightly downhill winding PCT singletrack, hot, exposed, dry,…
Sioux Teepee, by Karl Bordmer, 1833

Pre Race Jitters

I cannot find my Rocky Road long sleeved tech shirt, or my Outdoor Research cap. Not only is it my most comfortable long sleeved shirt and my most comfortable cap, but they are also my LUCKY shirt and cap. It's no coincidence that the last time…
Rotted Tree on the Silver Moccasin Trail

Silver Moccasin Trail

The Silver Moccasin Trail begins at Chantry and ends at Vincent Gap. Comprised of a series of somewhat distinct trail segments, parts of which are shared by other trails, most of which used to be Native American trails, it's 53 miles long,…

Chasing Fog 2012

The year is drawing to a close. It's been an interesting one.Looks a bit like we might have a cold (by So. Cali standards), wet winter. There's snow early in the mountains, and we've had more than the usual amount of rain.The week of Dec…

Mount Islip

The temperature finally dropped. The air has changed, and the days are getting shorter. Fall is here.With this change of seasons, I always feel like hunkering down, a sort of slowing, like hibernation.I took a run up from Crystal Lake. The…
Winners Jorge Pacheco & Ana Guijarro

Mt Disappointment 50K - 2012

I didn't run the race this year. I wanted to - I woud have liked a bit of redemption from last year's festival of cramps - but I was nowhere near ready so soon after AC100. What I did instead was showed up with camera to Shortcut - mile 20-ish…
Baden Powell Ridge

Countdown to AC100

The climb up Baden Powell has 41 switchbacks. As you climb, looking forward, you look into nothing but air. The drop-offs are not steep, but until you reach the turns they look like dead ends on a sheer cliff…or at least they do to me, someone…
Limber Pine on Mt. Baden Powell

2,000 Year Old Limber Pines

There are ancient limber pine at the top of Mt Baden Powell. Limber pine are subalpine trees, usually marking the edge of the tree line in the subalpine zone. They are made stunted, twisted and crooked by the wind. There is a word for this:…
Mount Williamson

Islip to Chilao

I am confident that I am physically ready for AC100. What I'm not as confident about is that I am mentally ready.Mahatma Gandhi is famously quoted as saying "I have only three enemies. My favorite enemy, the one most easily influenced for…
My shoes, after the race

Mount Disappointment 50K

Sat. August 13. This is said to be the toughest 50K in So. Cali. We started at the top of Mt. Wilson, headed down, up down, up, down, up... 7,403 feet of climbing says my Garmin. Probably a dozen stream crossings. Long exposed climbs. Because…
Kista and the Twins

Mt. Disappointment Test Runs #2 & #3

I'd run the Mt. Disappointment training run a few weeks back, crashed at about the 3 mile mark, and did the rest in pain. I decided to have another go at it.Not knowing what she was getting into, Kista joined me. The climb up back up Mt. Wilson…
Maggie Beach- Chantry - 10:45pm

AC100

Angeles Crest 100. 100 miles through Angeles Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains, starting at Wrightwood and finishing in town in Alta Dena, almost all trail, often technical, 23,000 feet of up and 26,000 feet of down, lots of the run at not…
Kista and the Twins

Kista and the Twins, Mt. Wilson Twice

Angeles Forest. The idea was to head down a singletrack that I'll be following during Mt. D. but Kista & I could't find access to the trail (and anyhow, it's all overgrown with poodle dog bush) and took the fireroad down instead. Hot, no shade,…
Kista and the Twins

Henninger Flats & Mount Luken

Sun, fog, hot, cold, inquisitive deer, snarling bobcats, 2 mountains, 7,300' of climbing.Saturday I decided to try a heat & sun training run, 3,700 feet up Mt. Lukens at high noon on a hot, sunny day.The two other times I've run this, it was…