Hi #AdventureSport, You and I, we’ve had a bit of a thing going for a while, but I never really felt 100% accepted, until #vanlife came along. You know #vanlife pretty well these days, and it’s sibling #vancation. You are all way past “netflix and chill”, which means you’re understanding vehicles are part of the…
Following running Rim to Rim to Rim in Grand Canyon, I was in the neighbourhood, and so stopped by Death Valley to go for a run in the Badwater Basin. I didn’t do the full crossing, since what made for a great day running, also made for a tough one, meaning I didn’t have the…
At the North Kaibab Trailhead of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, my watch’s GPS says I’ve run 44.54 kilometers before my return run to the South Rim. That’s a wrinkle, as I’ve only packed “nutrition” for a total 76.5kms based on my research.
About 3.5 miles from the summit on the Cactus to Clouds, 10,400 feet (3,170 meters) of total vertical and 21 miles from Palm Springs to San Jacinto Peak, I conclude malevolent weather is the trail’s forte. Freezing rain, slush, and frigid wind have taken me to the edge of hypothermia outside Palm Springs – just for the irony.
The difference between front and back country, is one slip, one mistake, one lapse of judgement away — and that can happen only a couple miles from the trail head. The “ten essentials” of outdoor survival are your insurance should that razor thin difference cut, and you need to overnight on the trail, or wait for rescue.
What would demo a shoe’s traction… Well, a snow day would. I throw on my much over-used pair of Inov-8 Terraclaw 250s for a something akin to a trail run in Stanley Park after a February snowfall.
With Brooks introducing the second generation of the Caldera, the original shoe is hitting the bargain bins (http://amzn.to/2swlaNT). So, if you’re an ultrarunner type who burns through shoes like TP, are they worth picking up?