Trail Running Stories

Dan Patitucci
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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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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Confession of a Broken-Down Angeles Crest Pacer
Confession of a Broken-Down Angeles Crest Pacer
Confession of a Broken-Down Angeles Crest Pacer
Chuck Journey

Continuing with our impromptu theme of employees traversing long distances on foot, today’s post comes from Chuck Journey one of Patagonia’s I.T. wizards in Ventura: Brian looks at me: "You better be ready." He isn’t joking. We are at the Shortcut Saddle Aid Station, mile 59 of the annual Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run,…

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Pat Ambassador Krissy Moehl Posts New Record on Leona Divide 50
Pat Ambassador Krissy Moehl Posts New Record on Leona Divide 50
Pat Ambassador Krissy Moehl Posts New Record on Leona Divide 50
Krissy Moehl

[Ed note: The following submission is from Patagonia Velocity and Performance Baselayer Designer, Jenny Uehisa. Together with Krissy Moehl, the duo are responsible for the design and development of many of the products found in Patagonia's line of running apparel.] I first met Krissy about 7 years ago when we shared a tiny workspace together…

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Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 1
Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 1
Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 1
Old School

Mention Nevada to mostfolks and what comes to mind is LasVegas glam and desert heat. Truth be told, manyNevadans are more than willing to let you think that but for the record, with313 named mountain ranges, Nevada has moremountains than any state except Alaska.Since moving here five years ago, I have been trying to wean…

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Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 2
Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 2
Backyard Adventures: Backpacking the Yoiyabe Crest Trails, Part 2
Old School

Welcome! We're pleased to bring you part two in this series. If you missed Part 1, no worries, you can find it right here.__________________ Nevada is smack-dab in the middle of the Basin and Range topography of the Great Basin so every mountain range is an islandpoking up out of a sagebrush sea. These ranges…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Krissy Moehl and Ellen Parker at the TransRockies Run
Krissy Moehl and Ellen Parker at the TransRockies Run
Krissy Moehl and Ellen Parker at the TransRockies Run

There’s a great saying that goes, “If you don’t travel, you stagnate.” I think the idea also applies to engaging ourselves with people beyond our usual crowd. We can so easily get stuck in our own little circles, which also breeds stagnation and ignorance. And so two weekends ago I went with my ultraunner friends…

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Tracing the Edge – Episode 7 with Krissy Moehl
Tracing the Edge – Episode 7 with Krissy Moehl
Tracing the Edge – Episode 7 with Krissy Moehl

Is it possible to live an entire life in a single day? Ultrarunner Krissy Moehl has while racing. Massive 100-mile courses contain a lifetime of joy, tedium and wonder concentrated into 24 hours. For Krissy, her biggest races are touchstones in her life, a moment to process life's ups and downs. The next episode of…

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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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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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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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Advice on Ultrarunning at 40 and Beyond
Advice on Ultrarunning at 40 and Beyond
Advice on Ultrarunning at 40 and Beyond
Liz Mosco

Maybe we're all getting old, or maybe just obsessed with trying not to, but Kelly Cordes' ongoing series about Fighting Forty makes today's post – from runner and guest-contributor, Liz Mosco – particularly appropriate. As a friend of patagonia, Liz has come to know some of the folks around here. She's a fan of those…

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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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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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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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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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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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San Diego 100 Race Report: Course Record Run
Photo: Stephanie Helguera
San Diego 100 Race Report: Course Record Run
Jeff Browning

Two weekends ago, I had the ridiculously good fortune to watch Patagonia Ultra Runner Jeff Browning put on a display of trail running zen mastery at the San Diego 100. One could not ask for a better experience and the fact that so many friends had gathered for the event made it all the sweeter.…

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Running With My Devils After a Health Scare
Running With My Devils After a Health Scare
Running With My Devils After a Health Scare
Steve Graepel

I remember running the 50K and getting off course but fighting back into third place, and I remember that it was hot… hotter than hell. And then… and then nothing… I don’t remember collapsing. I have no memories of kicking off good-Samaritan runners who pinned me down to the Prairie floor. I have no recollection…

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With All Apologies to Krissy Moehl
With All Apologies to Krissy Moehl
With All Apologies to Krissy Moehl
Kevin Alldredge

I AM NOT A CROSSDRESSER! Okay, so running 50 kilometers in a skirt technically makes a man a crossdresser but I’m not compulsively one, the act was more spontaneous or, perhaps, situational. Robert and I had been discussing the upcoming Mt. Cheaha 50K – “The Race to The Top of Alabama” – and we’d arrived…

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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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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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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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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 2: The Run
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 2: The Run
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 2: The Run
Jeff Browning

How do you tell the story of 106 miles in two days in a short and concise manner? It’s nearly impossible—similar to trying to restore an ecosystem and build a national park. So many little steps, so many little stories. Our route would take us through the new Patagonia Park. Starting north in the town…

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Mile for Mile
Mile for Mile
Mile for Mile

Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.

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Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route
Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route
Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route
Luke Nelson

By Luke Nelson There is something unnerving about waking up shivering. I rolled over and did a dozen or so push-ups in an attempt to get warm enough to fall back asleep. My commotion led to Cody pressing the light on his watch. “It’s almost 4 a.m.,” I mumbled. “I’ve been cold for a while,”…

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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 Worst Idea: A Sufferfest in the Wyoming Wilderness
Photo: Fredrik Marmsater
The Worst Idea: A Sufferfest in the Wyoming Wilderness
Luke Nelson

“You don’t have to be crazy,” Ty likes to say, “but it helps.” I’ve stopped counting how many times over the years these words have described our harebrained outings. Right then, I was trying to focus on surviving the current one. Anything that actually resembled running had stopped hours ago. The sun was shining, but…

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