//Canyons 50k Course Preview

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Date: 2 May 2015

Location: Foresthill, CA

Start Time: 100k – 5AM, 50k – 6:30AM

Field: Limited to 250 Runners for both distances.

Trail Conditions: Almost 100% trail, primarily single-track.

Website: http://www.runcanyons.com

The still heat of the canyon was stifling – the only sound was my labored breathing and the scurry of small brown lizards as they scrambled up the shallow lip of the trail and away from my heavy tread. Rocks skittered from underfoot and my foot slid backwards as I shifted my weight forward and pushed on my knees with my hands. What were, only a few months past, the decrepit remains of the 2013 American Fire is now slowly healing; patches of wild grass emerges a vibrant green, young trees sprout in the shadow of the charred remains of their forefathers, and bright bunches of purple Lupinus nanus (Sky Lupine) rise from the sandy slopes of the gorge as I re-trace my steps from the newly re-constructed Swinging Bridge that spans the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River and serves as the turn-around point for the upcoming Canyons Endurance Runs 100k & 50k being held on May 2nd by Chaz Sheya and Tim Madden.

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//John Muir Trail Trip Report

“It is not the critic who counts; nor the one who points out how the strong person stumbled, or where the doer of a deed could have done better.

The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends oneself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man in the Arena”, delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris (1910)

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(Bridge Crossing of Fish Creek; Tully Hole)

John Muir Trail, July 6th – 10th

 Beginning July 6th, I intended to hike the entirety of the John Muir Trail –

212 miles along the spine of John Muir’s “Ribbon of Light”, the Sierra

Nevada. It runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney in some of the nation’s most breathtakingly gorgeous, yet inimical and arrogant landscapes. I completed the trail southbound last year in two weeks. I intended to do the same this year in 8 days. After I summited Mt Whitney (13 July), I was to spend a few days (14&15 July) recovering at Guitar Lake in preparation to return northbound on a supported fast-pack along the JMT with 3 days as a preliminary goal (16, 17, &18).

Anyone who has completed or will complete the John Muir Trail is of heroic substance. The trail demands nothing less, whether you traverse the 212 miles in 3 days or

3 weeks.

This was my intent; here are the results:

Day 0: Transportation & Logistics:

The alarm has gone off several times already, blaringly loud, and I still lie unwilling to move beneath the duvet. I slide a finger blindly across the face of my iPhone, when the second alarm I set clicks on – an old-fashioned alarm clock with the bell and hammer system; quite possibly the most annoying way to wake up. With the hammering of the alarm still ringing in my ears, and through the fog of a newly awoken mind, I realize what day it is. I had been training for the past year with this day as my ultimate goal. Today was the day Natasha and I left for the John Muir Trail. Continue reading “//John Muir Trail Trip Report”