The female sex is so often guilty of comparing ourselves to others. It’s a known phenomenon among Kardashian followers, Instagram models, Pinterest moms, and I’d argue it’s probably true of a lot of us Trail Sisters. We know it’s silly. Still, we open up Instagram and see Anna Frost’s adventures in the lower hemisphere, we ... Read moreAn Ode to the Weekend Warrior
How many times do you reach for your phone to capture a moment before letting the moment be captured and appreciated by your own eyes first? Every dawn patrol run with a spectacular sunrise, a frolic in the fall foliage of the forest or a tour winding around a wintery mountain peak. How many of ... Read moreSocial Media and the Geotag
Stylish and functional are two words that easily describe the Smith Roam sunglasses. I’ve been testing these sunglasses on backcountry ski tours, skinny ski days at the local nordic center, trail running, dog walking/hiking,...
Winter seemed as good a time as any to commence training for a fast marathon, while living in Anchorage, Alaska. With temps averaging between -6 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit during the daylight hours of 10am-3pm, it was perhaps a more prudent time to cozy up to an off-season or to reintroduce the treadmill back into ... Read moreSolace of Running Cold
“So does everybody feel ready?” I looked around. All I could see was glaring headlamps and a whole lot of reflective gear. I wasn’t even sure exactly who each of the nervous laughs belonged to. Slowly we started walking up my driveway away from the soft lights of my house and towards the trails of […]
Are you finally prepped for the adventure you’ve been dreaming of? Before setting out, there is a final important thing to prep: your mind. Even with the best planning, gear, and safety precautions, things tend to go south if your mind isn’t on board. And, conversely, a go-with-the-flow mindset can overcome a variety of catastrophes […]
When I talk to women about what prevents them from going for long adventures runs, I often hear about safety concerns. Some of us are scared of wild animals, of getting lost and most of us are scared of ill-intended humans. It’s okay (and normal) to be scared. An undertaking becomes an adventure when the […]
Part Two: Equipment and Supplies With a destination in mind and thorough planning complete, it’s time to pack. As you prepare your equipment and supplies for a long day of adventure, keep in mind that to travel safely, you’ll carry more than in race. A self-supported adventure is just that, and there are no drop […]
Weather, snowpack structure, terrain, season (fall vs. winter vs. spring) or more specifically date (sun angle), and time of day are factors in determining safety during the “snowy” season. Knowledge of these factors will help with reading avalanche terrain and conditions to increase safety in backcountry travel, whether it be on skis or on foot. […]
Part One: Planning What grand adventure idea inspires you? Maybe you’ve seen a photo of an iconic trail and resolved to run there. Maybe a mountain range you’ve glimpsed on a road trip calls to you. Maybe you can’t get someone’s fastest known time on your favorite trail out of your head. My adventure ideas simmer […]
As a runner, I love exploring a new city, a new beach or a new mountain by foot. It helps me with jet-lag, gives me energy and allows me to see a new place as I run past new smells, colors and people. All while taking it in at my own pace. Running while traveling, […]
Editors Note: Alison McDole and Megan Haserodt are one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour. When you push your limits there is often that nagging voice in the back of your head telling you that you’re not capable, not strong enough, not prepared enough, etc. And sometimes that […]
Editors Note: Emma Murray is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour. When I close my eyes, I see myself picking a line down a steep gulley that I’ve never been through before. It’s chossy and loose and exhausting; it’s slow going, but I’m going nonetheless, careful to […]
Editors Note: Kelly Rappe is one of six awardees from the 2018 Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, CamelBak and Under Armour. Iceland has become a very popular destination for Americans. It is very much a hot spot because it’s so conveniently located in between the USA and Europe; in addition to how amazing it is. I noticed […]
Ultrarunner and Adventurer, Richard Kresser, spends a few minutes with The Nation to talk about the completion of his supported (although mostly self-supported) self-created and human-powered tour of 16 volcano summits in the Northwest U.S. This Tour de Volcanoes is something Richard has been scheming and planning for years and 2018 became a reality. Richard […]
In a way for me, this story actually begins in 2009. I had qualified to run Western States 100 after placing third in the 2008 JFK 50 mile. Wildly unprepared to be running 100 miles as a 24 year old, but who passes up an opportunity like that? I spent the spring doing my best […]
With each footstep another plume of red dust coated me head to toe in the grimy substance that is the essence of the American southwest desert. It clung to the sweat on my face, coated the backs of my hands, and had turned my shoes from blue into a mottled purple. We were running on […]
Legend has it that Buzz Burrell once hitchhiked 80 miles away from his home in Boulder, Colorado, and ran back on remote trails for two days carrying not much more than a straw and a … Continue reading "Father of the Fastest Known Time"
I have no inherent talent for most of the things I do. I am a slow runner, a mediocre mountain biker, my skiing technique is average at the very best and, admittedly being afraid of falling and exposure, I get gripped way too easily. All in all, progressing quickly in any of these sports doesn’t […]
Imagine running a race along a stunning stretch of singletrack. Imagine this race without course markings or aid stations. There’s no banner across the start line, and no party awaits you at the finish line. You’re not wearing a bid number, no computer is timing you, and no one else is in the race. But […]
I hate the term: “comeback.” It implies returning to something that you left – purposefully or unintentionally. The comeback has a stigma of judgement associated with it, that the whole world is watching – waiting even – for you to return from: an injury, a vacation, an illness or missed training run, or a subpar […]
“The Drain” is an aesthetic and spectacular route that ascends from the depths of the Ventana Creek Cirque to the summit of Ventana Double Cone in the most rugged coastal terrain of the lower 48. The route provides an authentic sense of adventure in a truly wild canyon that is rugged and unspoiled. The feature...
First, we’d like to say thank you to everyone who has submitted an application for the Trail Run Adventure Grant presented by Trail Sisters, Under Armour and CamelBak. We had a total of 271 submissions, and narrowing it down to 6 awardees was quite hard, to say the least. Each application had a unique mission […]
It’s 8:37 on a Monday morning in Boston. The sky had just finished spreading a fresh coat of snow over the countless existing layers that had formed on the footpath snaking along the Charles River. I’ve got exactly 23 minutes to make it off of the footpath, across the Boston Common Park, through China Town, […]
Last night at 12:00am we closed the Trail Run Adventure submission site presented by Trail Sisters, Under Armour and CamelBak. We received a whooping 271 applications! Since this was our first time offering an adventure grant, we had no idea what to expect, or how many women would participate. We are extremely excited for the […]
I smacked the snooze on my phone and tugged my sleeping bag over my head. When the snooze sung a second time, I crept from the warmth of my down shell like a tentative turtle as the sun illuminated my tent’s orange hues. The rays pried at my eyelids, but I resisted. I was exhausted. […]
Today is a special day for us, as it is officially Trail Sisters 2 year anniversary! The online journal has made leaps and bounds in bringing you various types of content and from over 100 different contributors. Last summer we did a 7 month road tour that included 30 retail visits to hear your thoughts […]
Trail Run Adventure Grant: Presented by Trail Sisters, Under Armour and CamelBak Opportunity and acceptance have always been an uphill battle for women in outdoor sports. Without opportunity, there is limited participation, and without participation, there is limited information and encouragement. Ironically, to grow participation, which would result in more opportunity…we need to produce more […]
I have written about Cone Peak many times on this blog, a mountain that I call the “King of Big Sur.” Cone Peak rises 5,155 ft above the Pacific Ocean in less than three miles as the crow flies, making it one of the steepest gradients from ocean to summit in the contiguous United States....
From the world of outdoor education, I learned the concept of the “types-of-fun” scale. Type 1 Fun occurs during an activity that is inherently fun while doing it, like eating cake or riding a roller coaster (well, for some people). Categorize an activity as Type 2 Fun if it’s fun once completed, i.e., the so-called […]
Kandlbinder Peak and the Window are two of the more remote spots in the Ventana Wilderness. For extensive background on these spectacular locations see a prior post here. Prior to the Soberanes Fire the standard route to both Kandlbinder and the Window was via the Pico Scout Camp up the Little Sur River and then...
Outside, darkness blanketed my car. Inside, my legs stretched over a crumb-dusted eggplant mattress while my back rested on a bag stuffed with outerwear. Relics of the prior days littered the bins that lined the car’s interior—empty water bottles, half-eaten boxes of Triscuits, and crinkled maps. As I surveyed my home’s chaos, I thought about […]
With summer just around the corner it is time to start planning your epic trail adventures. Now that we’ve already covered all the things to consider before signing up for your summer races, let’s put a bug in your ear about all the things you can do that doesn’t include race bibs. Namely multi-day trail […]
“Show a little passion, baby Show a little style Show the knack for knowing when And the gift for knowing how And have a little trust in us When fear obscures the path You know we got this far, darling, not by luck But by never turning back…” ~ Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The […]
The Black Cone Trail bisects one of the most remote regions of the Ventana Wilderness from Pine Ridge to Strawberry Valley with outstanding views of the seldom-seen North Fork Big Sur River drainage and Ventana Double Cone. The trail has a reputation for being rugged and difficult with sloping tread, brush and lack of reliable...
This is not my first attempt at training for a 100-mile race. In the past two decades I’ve tackled this distance (or longer) more than 25 times. I’ve coached people to complete this distance and even wrote a book with a complete 48-week training plan to get people there. As I go through the experience […]
The 2019 NAMIBIA CROSSING has been confirmed. A new name, a new adventure! The NAMIBIA CROSSING is a 200km, five-day foot race from South Africa to Namibia through the ancient arid landscape of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The race was previously …
I love running in the dark. This love has further blossomed now that I live in the southwest, and dark running is no longer synonymous with short, freezing, winter days. There’s something about moving through wild spaces enveloped in my little bubble of light that makes me feel even more connected to nature. It’s almost […]
With the unreasonably long closure post-Soberanes Fire finally over, it was time to return to Ventana Double Cone. If Cone Peak is the King of the Big Sur Coast, Ventana Double Cone is the Queen of the Ventana Wilderness. Rising 4,853 ft above sea level, no other peak in the Ventana Wilderness possesses such a rugged face...
I grew up in a running family. Weekends were spent loading up the station wagon and driving to a race or to run in the desert, mountains or beaches of California. Now as an adult I spend the majority of the year traveling or on the road, and running is almost always a constant part, […]
Day 1 #ETR2017 The Everest Trail Race started today at the stroke of 0900 in the small Nepalese town of Jiri. Low mist but a relatively mild night afforded everyone a comfortable night’s rest. A local group of musicians, as …
For most of this year, encompassing four seasons, I’ve lived (loosely termed as I am a nomad living out of my Jeep) in Bears Ears working on several stories and a hiking guidebook for the Colorado Mountain Club. This has given me the opportunity to intimately get to know much of the area—although I realize […]
Nearly 3 months ago my life almost ended. It was a moment I could neither predict or correct, but that singular moment changed the trajectory of my life. Some days I look back in anger on the accident – demanding, urging the universe to tell my why this had happened – other days I want […]
In case you were wondering…you’re basically an amazing human + you have some mad skills out there on the trails. You also really enjoy the time you get to spend in nature + love the tingly sense of accomplishment that comes with long hours running or hiking along dirty single track. Yes, you do…we promise! […]
When you hold 3 Fastest Known Times (FKT’s) on long trails, most people seem to think you’re not only invincible, but that you know everything there is to know about setting records. The reality is that FKTs are no different than races, training runs, and climbing mountains. Each route is different. Your body is different. […]
As a big believer in actions over words, I decided that an online journal wasn’t enough to help spread the inspiration and education about women’s trail running. It’s a great start, and something more than there was before, but I knew I could do more… New (and fantastic) running-focused website Motiv Running ,...
By Silke Koester We often read race reports from runners to glean some insight into their training, race prep and race execution. These reports usually include a shout out to their awesome support crew. However, we rarely get a glimpse into what it actually takes to be an awesome support crew. Just like the runner,...
This was my third time visiting the highly scenic region beneath Granite Dome. In both 2012 and 2014 visits were in early June and most of the lakes were melted out. This time a full month later in early July …
By: Tara Warren “So, I just go down the street for two miles, and I’ll really just bump into a trailhead?” I asked my trail runner hubby, Bryce. “Yeah, you can’t miss it. Take the trail all the way down to a parking lot. It’ll wind around, have some good rollers and go down hill...