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UD Ambassador Jason Schlarb lives near the San Juan mountains in Durango, Colorado. The San Juans are notoriously fickle with bouts of heavy snowfall and super cold temps. Even though Schlarb loves skiing in winter his primary focus is on summer trail and ultra races. So how do you manage to have a productive offseason […]

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Justin Simoni calls fastpacking “the space between ultra running and backpacking.” If you’re curious about fastpacking and want to know how to get started, read this excellent overview by UD ambassador Jen Segger. Jen has been planning and leading fastpacking trips for years, even running a dedicated company for it (Run BC Adventures). Here’s how to pick the […]

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Comedian Jon Glaser, host of the show Jon Glaser Loves Gear, ran to the Jimmy Fallon Show last night to show off the gear he’s using to train for a trail half marathon, including our Signature Series 4.0 Ultra Vest! Watch the segment and follow Jon Glaser.  

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Ultimate Direction Signature Races are ten events – from South Africa to Italy, New Zealand, Colorado and much more – celebrating the iconic places and people of the sport of skyrunning, ultrarunning, trail and mountain. Like the game-changing Ultimate Direction Signature Series vests and vestas, Signature Races are original and innovative. The first Signature Race […]

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UD ambassador John Kelly is known most for his multiple Barkley Marathons appearances and completion in 2017. A rarity in the ultra-running community, John also competed in Ironman triathlons. This year he is leaving the bike and swim cap behind for a more focused season of running. In typical John Kelly fashion this meant attempting something […]

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This is part 3 in a series to motivate and inspire your running and adventure goals in 2019. This entry comes from UD ambassador, Karel Sabbe. In July and August 2018 Karel attracted international attention for his new FKT on the Appalachian Trail where he took more than 4 days off what already was a highly […]

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Welcome to Part 2 in our series designed to motivate and inspire you in 2019. Next up: How to Prepare for an FKT.  –– It’s the start of a new year. As runners we’re busy conceiving new goals and challenges to motivate us in training and racing. Targeting and preparing for specific events will certainly […]

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As athletes we spend a lot of time thinking about weekly mileage, training load, diet and how to fit it all in with work and friendships and family and spouses and, and, and the list goes on! Many of us prioritize running so the notion of resolutions, specifically at the start of the year, is […]

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Among our ambassadors, Anna Frost is joining people like Jenny Jurek, Emma Roca, Tara Warren, Jessie Young and Michelle Yates in becoming a professional athlete with kids. A hallmark of Anna’s career has been her willingness to race and travel almost constantly. So how does a person used to the flexibility of taking off on […]

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I’ve always packed pretty light but rolling off a 15 hour flight with little more than a backpack took packing “light” to a new level.  As Ryan Ghelfi and I jogged toward the Geneva train station with everything we needed for the next week on our backs, I felt a new level of freedom, and […]

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Running is boring. Dreadfully. At least that’s what a young Gina Lucrezi thought when she imagined plugging away mile after mile, measuring time in worn layers of rubber and sweat. This was before becoming a collegiate All-American (10 times). Before becoming a collegiate national champion in the 1500 meter. Before the 10k’s and the half […]

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Ultimate Direction ambassadors took a clean sweep last weekend at Steamboat, Colorado’s Run Rabbit Run 100 miler. We won the men’s race with Jason Schlarb and won the women’s race with Michele Yates. Right behind her in second was Emma Roca. Here are the Ultimate Direction products these ambassadors wore with some comments about the […]

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Ultimate Direction Ambassador Karel Sabbe today has set a new supported fastest known time (FKT) on the Appalachian Trail, breaking Scott Jurek and Karel Meltzer’s by 5 and 4 days, respectively. After sleeping about 100 miles from the finish on the night of August 26, 2018 Karel ran all day on the 27th and through the […]

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The typical Colorado Front Range trailrunner seems to operate off a fairly standard summer bucket list: High Lonesome, Pawnee Buchanan, Four Pass and a smattering of peaks that usually stem from these routes. There’s nothing wrong with these routes – they’re absolutely classics for many reasons: banger views, well-trodden trails and accessible enough that you […]

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The Mosquito-Tenmile Range Traverse has been in the “Incredible Things to Attempt” queue of my head since I’ve read, and reread Peter Bakwin’s own attempts at the line. Starting from Weston Pass at the southern end of the range, the goal is to make it to Frisco, Colorado following the very prominent ridgeline that continues […]

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Story by Eric Carter: Ultimate Direction Ambassador, Ski Mountaineer, Alpinist and Mountain Runner I’ll never be a cutting edge climber or alpinist. I just don’t climb that hard. I’ll also never be a world class pure endurance athlete. All that leaves me is to search out a niche that requires the use of my endurance on […]

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Adventure racing is a complicated sport. You are navigating a course while participating in disciplines like running, trekking, mountain biking, paddling and whatever else the organizer might find fun and challenging. Your task is to get from one place to another, taking in the checkpoints printed on your route map. The races can last a couple […]

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We’re excited to be working with professional runner and obstacle course racer Rea Kolbl. After finishing her graduate program at Stanford she decided to move to Boulder to pursue a pro career full time. She’s charging hard and turning heads and we’re excited to have her on our ambassador team. We’re only a few months […]

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Adam Campbell joined the UD Ambassador Team officially this year but we have been friends and fans of his for a long time. He has been touring the U.S. this spring behind his chilling and inspirational short film “In Constant Motion.” Beautifully shot in British Columbia and the San Juan Mountains, the film follows Adam’s […]

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Boulder, CO – 4:00am, May 17, 2018 –      Peter Bakwin and I hike out of Chautauqua Park, intending to climb 4 routes in the Amphitheater, then continue south and climb 29 more. Today.  Climbing 5th class rock in the dark with no rope wearing scrambling shoes can be alarming, but we’d rehearsed this […]

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Krissy Moehl doesn’t stop. The ultrarunning icon is as busy as ever, running, traveling, racing and directing. This winter she trained diligently – usually with dog Piedra by her side – for China’s Gaoligong 100 mile (which she won!) before returning to her home in Washington almost immediately to direct the Chuckanut 50K. Krissy has […]

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North is the direction Scott Jurek went on the Appalachian Trail when he set his FKT in 2015, and the title of his new book describing that prodigious effort.  Scott’s first book, “Eat and Run”, published in 2012, was on the NYT Bestseller list for a month and was nominated for a Best Food and Cookbook […]

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Trail runners around Utah (and all over the country on Instagram) know Tara Warren, the ultra-enthusiastic, always-on-the-move mom who, in any weather (good, bad or ugly), shows the world what it takes to be a committed athlete. A multiyear UD ambassador, …

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Many of us are searching for an adventure on our own two feet. Maybe it’s a race, maybe it isn’t. In the end what we want is exploration, challenge and a good time. Here’s where fastpacking comes in. The “Highest Hundred” project’s Justin Simoni calls fastpacking “the space …

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New UD ambassador Kyle Richardson is a young, hungry athlete who spends more time running Boulder’s Green Mountain and scrambling the First Flatiron (and many more Flatiron classics) than nearly anyone else in town. He’s motivated by the big, classic routes, …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 1, 2018 Ultimate Direction announces sponsorship of the Barkley Marathons Boulder, CO:  Ultimate Direction, a market-leading manufacturer of gear for runners, hikers, and skiers, is proud to announce a new partnership with the Barkley Marathons. This …

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It’s the eve of the Grand Traverse, a classic backcountry skiing race from the bottom of Crested Butte Mountain Resort to the bottom of Aspen Mountain. The course travels the Elk Mountains Range with around 8,000 feet of climbing over …

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Ultimate Direction’s new Signature Series 4.0 trail running vests and Adventure Collection Fastpacks will be used exclusively by Carmichael Training Systems’ (CTS) coaches during the organization’s ultrarunning training camps and “Bucket List” events this year. CTS is one of the premier …

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Do you share your passion for adventure with your children? Longtime Ultimate Direction Ambassador Thomas Reiss is recently back from summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with his 12-year-old son, Luke. In this interview we ask both father and son how to prepare …

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We are VERY excited to announce that mountain running icon Anna Frost has joined the Ultimate Direction ambassador team . She needs little introduction, but just in case: Anna is one of the world’s most accomplished mountain and ultra trail runners …

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Did you see the January/February 2018 cover of Outside magazine? If so, you’ll recognize our newest ambassador; it’s Spartan Race World Champion and World’s Toughest Mudder winner Amelia Boone! Amelia is known for a commanding string of wins and podium …

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Buzz Burrell and Peter Bakwin sit down to discuss some key themes that emerged in the 2017 Fastest Known Time voting process. Learn about some issues that affected voters’ decision-making along with some personal anecdotes from these two FKT legends. …

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What were the most inspiring, difficult, fast, or just plain ‘out-there’ FKT’s last year?  A panel of 27 runners reviewed the 22 Nominees (selected from the hundreds of FKT’s reported last year), voted for their top 5, and the Results …

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It’s back! An Award for the most notable FKT of the Year.  There’s no big prize – actually no prize whatsoever – but that’s not why we do FKT’s is it?  We want to do and read about what’s cool, what’s …

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Trail runners around the world hold a special affection for Colorado born-and-raised Hillary Allen. Her infectious smile and world-class skill in the most difficult skyraces launched a career that was set-back by a severe fall this summer. Hillary stopped by #UDHQ to fill …

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We know you’re eager to hear what’s coming in 2018 from Ultimate Direction so we sat down with our icicle-haired designer Ally Juhasz (…don’t worry, it has fully melted) to find out what’s coming in the new year and what inspires UD …

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“Skimo” – the word is now part of the ultrarunning lexicon. Killian has always done it, many ultra runners have taken it up, Mike Foote and Rob Krar are on their National Teams, it’s the coolest new thing … so what …

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How hard is it to set a new Fastest Known Time? Really hard as it turns out. In April we awarded four Grants to people undertaking interesting and ambitious projects. How did it go?  Some great attempts, some not so …

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by Michele Yates FOR GREAT IS NOT MEASURED BY HOW LARGE OR HOW MUCH, OR BY TROPHIES OR MONEY, OR STARDOM OR SUCH, BUT THE GREATEST OF THINGS ARE BY WHOLE OR IN PART, MEASURED BY HOW THEY AFFECT EACH …

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By Lucas Onan Every part of it was so surreal to me. I’ve spent a good amount of time in the Tetons before so they hold a special place for me. I was pretty giddy the whole time. I might …

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By Lucas Onan Every part of it was so surreal to me. I’ve spent a good amount of time in the Tetons so they hold a special place for me. I was pretty giddy the whole time.  I was having …

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By Matthias Messner There is not much information about the LA Freeway. The most I ever found was in  Anton Krupicka’s Ultimate Direction blog post, Schemin’ and Dreamin’. According to Krupicka’s post, Buzz Burrell, who named the route, was the …

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By Matthias Messner There is not much information about the LA Freeway. The most I ever found was in  Anton Krupicka’s Ultimate Direction blog post, Schemin’ and Dreamin’. According to Krupicka’s post, Buzz Burrell, who named the route, was the …

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UDer Clare Gallager is about to toe the line at this weekend’s Western States Endurance Run. This will be Clare’s second hundo to date, as her first was a 1st place finish at the 2016 Leadville Trail 100. Before the …

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UDer Clare Gallager is about to toe the line at this weekend’s Western States Endurance Run. This will be Clare’s second hundo to date, as her first was a 1st place finish at the 2016 Leadville Trail 100. Before the …

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By Justin Simoni I’m just going to start out by saying it: I hate birthday challenges. Although, each year I get myself ramped up to try to do another one, they usually blow up in my face. My greatest-worst birthday …

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By Justin Simoni I’m just going to start out by saying it: I hate birthday challenges. Although, each year I get myself ramped up to try to do another one, they usually blow up in my face. My greatest-worst birthday …

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Written by the Crazy Mother Runners: Marnie, Carsen, and Sherry. The sunrise from the top of Lewis Peak glows soft pinks and purples. The crisp wind cools our foreheads as we enjoy the little reward after climbing the last 5 …

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Written by the Crazy Mother Runners: Marnie, Carsen, and Sherry. The sunrise from the top of Lewis Peak glows soft pinks and purples. The crisp wind cools our foreheads as we enjoy the little reward after climbing the last 5 …

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by: Eric Carter 2017 Wrap-Up   Looking back in my training diary, it is interesting remembering some of my early-season training sessions and realizing that they feel like they were so long ago. We were incredibly lucky this season to …

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