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Trail Running Stories

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Lessons in Gratitude
Photo: Jared Campbell
Lessons in Gratitude
Luke Nelson

It started on a hot afternoon in May, deep in Bears Ears National Monument. Four of us had been going hard for a couple of days and the fatigue from difficult miles was stacking up. One of us was struggling. It might have been lack of training, or perhaps improper fueling for back-to-back 12-hour days…

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Do What You Love to Protect What You Love: Mile for Mile Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal
Photo: James Q Martin
Do What You Love to Protect What You Love: Mile for Mile Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal
Kristine McDivitt Tompkins

“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. ” – Edward Abbey Scale is a hard thing to get a handle on. We pour over maps to try to understand a landscape. Better yet, sometimes we get to fly over it, circling the valleys and mountains to get a real lay of the land.…

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The Disaster Training Plan: Running the Tour du Mont Blanc with Jenn Shelton
Photo: Andrew Burr
The Disaster Training Plan: Running the Tour du Mont Blanc with Jenn Shelton
Morgan Sjogren

“We just have to run 20, 30 or 50 miles a day over some mountains. What could go wrong?” When I received my itinerary from Jenn Shelton to run the Tour du Mont Blanc, I took a hard swallow of quickly drying saliva, knowing that my background as a middle-distance track racer (specializing in the 5K)…

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Festival de 4 miles en California
Festival de 4 miles en California
Festival de 4 miles en California
Erik Schulte

Medio aturdido, me revolví en el sudoroso aroma a almizcle de mi saco de dormir. Había pasado la noche sobre el duro bloque de concreto justo afuera de las letrinas del Camping Independence, con el hedor a mierda envolviendo mi intermitente sueño. Cerré los ojos, tratando de olvidar donde estaba. Las caderas estaban resentidas, me…

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El camino: ¿Por qué creamos y seguimos nuestros senderos?
Professional orienteer and wilderness advocate Hanny Allston runs near one of the entry points to the takayna / Tarkine region. Photo: Mikey Schaefer
El camino: ¿Por qué creamos y seguimos nuestros senderos?
Meaghen Brown

Todo comienza con el haz focal de una linterna. El amanecer está a más de una hora y llueve a cántaros. Las manos bien protegidas dentro de las mangas y el paso ya apurado a través de la tupida vegetación tasmana, todo para mantener el calor. Hay una urgencia por entender este territorio amenazado, de…

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Running to the Bottom of the World
Running to the Bottom of the World
Running to the Bottom of the World
Felipe Cancino

Exploring South America’s public lands on foot.

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Running the Isle
Running the Isle
Running the Isle
Monica Prelle

Exploring one of the least visited but most revisited national parks, on foot.

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The Stench of a Runner’s World
The Stench of a Runner’s World
The Stench of a Runner’s World

I love sport. I love to sweat. I am addicted to endorphins. And the easiest way to get my fix is to run. I heard once that it takes 30 days to form a habit. So finally after all of my bemoaning I have got myself a running habit. It works out well, all you…

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Some Boundaries are Worth Preserving
Some Boundaries are Worth Preserving
Some Boundaries are Worth Preserving
Alex-Falconer

Running through the most-visited wilderness in the continental United States, rallying to its defense.

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Ultrainterview: Krissy Moehl Talks Hardrock 100
Ultrainterview: Krissy Moehl Talks Hardrock 100
Ultrainterview: Krissy Moehl Talks Hardrock 100
Craig Holloway

Patagonia wordsmith and former ultrarunner, Craig Holloway recently interviewed Patagonia ambassador, Krissy Moehl about her win at this year’s Hardrock 100 in Silverton, Colorado. Krissy is considered one of the top female ultramarathon runners in the country. Craig: Congratulations on setting the women’s course record (29:24) at the 2007 Hardrock 100. You were the first…

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Soulcraft
Soulcraft
Soulcraft
Meaghen Brown

Words and wisdom from two Montana runners.

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The Measure of a Mountain
The Measure of a Mountain
The Measure of a Mountain
Steve Graepel

  I remember the feeling more than the sound; a palpable ‘crack’ shattered through the bones of our house. At first we thought it was a car accident or maybe a gas explosion, but as we looked out the bay window to the north, we knew it was far worse… a mushroom cloud vigorously boiled…

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The Ptarmigan Traverse
The Ptarmigan Traverse
The Ptarmigan Traverse
Steve Graepel

Scott scrambles up to Cache Col and drops his pack besides mine. We’ve been moving just over two hours since the trailhead and have stopped to get our first glimpse at the route before us. Our goal is the Ptarmigan Traverse – a 35-mile off-piste, haute route traversing the southern upheaval of the North Cascades.…

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Time On His Feet – A Former Runner Looks Back
Time On His Feet – A Former Runner Looks Back
Time On His Feet – A Former Runner Looks Back
Craig Holloway

I ran my last ultra on a warm, spring day in Wisconsin five years ago.  The course was surprisingly tough – small roller coaster hills come at you like black flies. Crossing the finish line I didn’t feel the exhilaration that I normally do after a race. I chalked it up to burnout and decided…

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A Runner’s Mother Takes Her Last Victory Lap
A Runner’s Mother Takes Her Last Victory Lap
A Runner’s Mother Takes Her Last Victory Lap
Kevin Alldredge

I arrived in Knoxville early afternoon on Wednesday to spend some time with my mother before the Rock Creek Stump Jump 50K in Chattanooga on Saturday (Oct. 1st). I picked up the rental car and drove to Manorhouse, her assisted living home. Mom has severe dementia and is physically frail, no longer capable of performing…

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Tracing the Edge: A Video Series Featuring Gerry Lopez, Colin Haley and Krissy Moehl
Tracing the Edge: A Video Series Featuring Gerry Lopez, Colin Haley and Krissy Moehl
Tracing the Edge: A Video Series Featuring Gerry Lopez, Colin Haley and Krissy Moehl

[Tracing the Edge playlist, kick back and watch episodes 1-5. Video: Fitz Cahall & Bryan Smith] Our friend Fitz Cahall, who you know from The Dirtbag Diaries, and his partner Bryan Smith have created a new 10-part video series, Tracing the Edge, that peers into the lives of three Patagonia ambassadors. You saw the first…

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Patagonia Ambassadors Create Running Tradition with Japan’s Shinetsu 5 Mountains Race
Patagonia Ambassadors Create Running Tradition with Japan’s Shinetsu 5 Mountains Race
Patagonia Ambassadors Create Running Tradition with Japan’s Shinetsu 5 Mountains Race
Krissy Moehl

Patagonia Running Ambassador Krissy Moehl took top honors at the recently held Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail 110K in Japan’s Shinetsu Highlands. This year marks the second running of the race, a labor of love born from the vision of another Patagonia Running Ambassador, Hiroki Ishikawa. Takayuki Kakihara, of Patagonia Japan, offers this introduction to the…

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The Great Salmon Run – running the route of one of nature’s great migrations
The Great Salmon Run – running the route of one of nature’s great migrations
The Great Salmon Run – running the route of one of nature’s great migrations
Ty Draney

Ty Draney, a member of the Patagonia Ultrarunning Team, and friend Luke Nelson recently completed the Great Salmon Run in partnership with Save our Wild Salmon. The pair were inspired to trace over 120 miles of the Snake River sockeye's migration route, motivated by facts like these: • Thirteen populations of salmon and steelhead are…

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Tracing the Edge – Episode 10 with Krissy Moehl, plus a Look Behind the Scenes
Tracing the Edge
Tracing the Edge – Episode 10 with Krissy Moehl, plus a Look Behind the Scenes
The Dirtbag Diaries

This is it. Tracing the Edge concludes today with our final episode featuring ultrarunner Krissy Moehl. Kick back and enjoy. You can catch all 10 episodes of Tracing the Edge at patagonia.com/tracingtheedge or on YouTube via the Tracing the Edge playlist. A lot of hard work happens behind the scenes of a series like this.…

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After a Big Injury, Just a Five-Minute Run
After a Big Injury, Just a Five-Minute Run
After a Big Injury, Just a Five-Minute Run
Kelly Cordes

You won’t run again. I don’t really set concrete goals. In fact, I find it best to have no goals whatsoever; that way I won’t be disappointed if I don’t reach them. Hopefully some hiking by mid-summer, and some easy climbs by fall. Seriously, for me the goals are more of a process than an…

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Home Is an Open Place
Home Is an Open Place
Home Is an Open Place
Rio Lakeshore

How the trails beneath our feet help us belong.

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Winter Running
Winter Running
Winter Running
Rhonda Claridge

From my house, at 9,800 feet elevation in the Colorado Rockies, I have to run downhill first. Above is sealed under feet of unrunnable, soft, post-holing snow. So it’s downhill, passing beneath nine avalanche slidepaths on a snow-packed road, often in a howling, pushy wind that streams old snow around in phantoms. I wear neon…

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Lost in the Sierra Nevada During a 50K
Lost in the Sierra Nevada During a 50K
Lost in the Sierra Nevada During a 50K
Craig Holloway

When I lived in Chicago I ran like there was no tomorrow. Sundays had me running long steady miles, Mondays were a set up for double-down Tuesdays, and Wednesday’s leg screaming repeats on the University of Illinois’s Circle Campus track provided the week’s endorphin highlight. A friend whom I trained with told me about ultramarathon…

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Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving
Luke Nelson

The wind gusts, blowing spray from the water lapping on the banks of Lago General Carrera. Here I stand, eyes closed, feeling the cool mist on my sunburnt cheeks. When I open my eyes it’s still there, it feels like a dream, but it’s not—Patagonia spreads out all around me. I’ve long dreamt of seeing…

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I Dream of Running
I Dream of Running
I Dream of Running
Greta Hyland

By Greta Hyland I dream of running, not figuratively but literally. In my dreams it is effortless, exhilarating. When I wake from these dreams I feel pumped and want to jump out of bed and run—there have been times at night when I have. For a while, running was a nightmare. I got tired. My…

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A Run-in with Poison Oak, with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
A Run-in with Poison Oak, with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
A Run-in with Poison Oak, with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
Craig Holloway

Back in February, I started volunteering for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), a nonprofit that protects open space through land acquisitions and conservation easements. They have a number of preserves scattered across the valley and the Valley View Preserve was their newest one. OVLC volunteers had already built two trails on Valley View and were…

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On Innovation and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
On Innovation and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
On Innovation and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
John Wallin

I started selling fleece for Patagonia in 1993, and for six years I worked in Washington D.C., Bozeman and Reno in various customer service functions. I had a blast, learned a ton about product and people and made a network of friends who are as important to me as my college cohorts. During this time,…

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Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Connecting the Cochamó and Puelo Valleys
Felipe Cancino

A dead-end dirt road is the start to a new challenge—and a fight to protect South America’s Yosemite.

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Dark River Runs Deep
Dark River Runs Deep
Dark River Runs Deep
Martin Johnson & Michael Fordham

An attempt to set the fastest known time on the 184-mile path to the source of the River Thames.

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Run the Red
Run the Red
Run the Red
Katie Klingsporn

A trail running race in southwest Wyoming brings attention to the importance of protecting the largest unfenced area in the contiguous United States.

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Backyard Adventures: A Father’s Pioneer Range Trifecta
Backyard Adventures: A Father’s Pioneer Range Trifecta
Backyard Adventures: A Father’s Pioneer Range Trifecta
Steve Graepel

A little over a year ago, we invited readers to submit stories of their own Backyard Adventures and announced a deadline of January 9th, 2009. Here we are in 2010, and still (happily) receiving submissions. Today’s post is from previous Backyard Adventure contributor Steve Graepel, author of an earlier piece about traversing central Idaho’s Sawtooth…

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Breakin’ Mama’s China at the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run
Breakin’ Mama’s China at the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run
Breakin’ Mama’s China at the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run
Craig Holloway

The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains starts and finishes in the mountain town of Silverton, and has a total elevation gain of 33,000 feet. I’d met my friend Roch Horton at Grouse Gulch, the 42-mile mark, intending to pace him as far as Ouray. He’d already run the hardest stretch…

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Krissy Moehl Takes Firstst in Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, Sets Course Record
Krissy Moehl Takes Firstst in Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, Sets Course Record
Krissy Moehl Takes Firstst in Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, Sets Course Record

[Editor's note: The following report comes to us from Patagonia Athlete Liaison, Kristo Torgerson, with photos courtesy of Justin Bastien (www.justinbastien.com).] On August 30th, Patagonia Ambassador Krissy Moehl left an indelible mark on the ultra-running world when she crossed the finish line in Chamonix, France to take first place in the Women’s division at the…

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Interview: Patagonia Employee Sets New Record on the Pacific Crest Trail
Interview: Patagonia Employee Sets New Record on the Pacific Crest Trail
Interview: Patagonia Employee Sets New Record on the Pacific Crest Trail

If you've ever called Patagonia's Customer Service line and asked a question about ultra-light hiking, then chances are good you've been referred to Adam Bradley. He's been working for Patagonia for years, during that time developing a reputation as one of the most fired-up, friendly, and knowledgeable customer service reps out there. He keeps his…

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Backyard Adventures: A Shakedown in the Sawtooths
Backyard Adventures: A Shakedown in the Sawtooths
Backyard Adventures: A Shakedown in the Sawtooths
Steve Graepel

Central Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range offer a stellar backyard for Steve Graepel’s adventures. A Boise resident, he wedges his endurance training around family and a full-time job. His Backyard Adventure gives us a glimpse at a beautiful section of country to be included in one of his bigger projects: connecting 1,200 miles across Idaho’s backcountry…

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Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 3
Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 3
Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 3
Old School

Today, we’ve got the final installment in Old School’s Toiyabe Trails series (previous posts: The morning after our unplanned layover day dawned clear andsunny, and while there was still a stiff breeze, it was nothing like the howlingwinds of the day before so we packed up and headed north. The TCT is splitneatly in half…

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