An assortment of Phil’s wanderings
The beauty sandwiched between Snoqualmie and Leavenworth is well worth the trip. The Grand Tour is a tough 90 miles and 23k feet of vert and spans from lush verdant cedar and fir groves to harsh granite and snow passes, around pristine blue lakes and through high and dry ponderosa and madrone areas prone to burn.
The 2021 Desolate Peaks was a beautiful and brutal challenge. 17 peaks connected by a combination of trail and scrambling and route finding through a desolate wilderness.
The 2020 IMTUF race had substantial differences from previous years. Race directors Jeremy and Brandi Humphrey changed the course to a new start/finish due to closure of the Burgdorf Hot Springs. More than half the field DNF’ed, as the race was more difficult than previous years!
It started innocently enough with a geometry problem. A real head-scratcher: what is the best possible route that will travel the entirety of every trail of Forest Park in one push? Wouldn’t it be fun to run every trail in Forest Park this way? After all, the Forest Park Conservancy sponsors the All Trails Challenge-… Read more
Oregon has lots of great things, like the Seven Wonders of Oregon, dynamic ecosystems, vast forests, and great small towns with fun names like Boring, Dufur, Powder, and Zigzag. We have the largest cheese factory in the world. Let us not forget the cultural weirdness of Portland, or that we sport the highest state tax… Read more
2019 is a “counterclockwise” year at IMTUF; the race alternates directions every year. The climbs tend to be more gradual in this direction and the descents are tougher since they are steeper and very rocky and technical. For this reason, some racers consider the odd years to be the TUF’fer direction, but it’s not totally… Read more
One of the first things that white man did in the PNW was to give the mountains white man names. But the mountains already had names, and for what is commonly referred to as Mount St. Helens, it was previously dubbed Lawetlat’la by the Cowlitz people who knew it long before. The Klickitat people already… Read more
Late in the fifth day while biking the Oregon Timber Trail, I had a several thousand feet climb up to McCoy shelter from Idhana on the lovely NF 2233. It was paved for about half the way, and there was a national treasure of road signs that have been shot up by the locals.
During my Cascade Crest 100 training in 2018, it became obvious to me that this would be the perfect birthday run for 2019. The challenge is to run up and down BPA road: from the gate to the picnic table and back to the gate. It’s about a mile and 850′ of gain from the… Read more
You can read my race report for the Storm King Ultra with the link below. I hope you enjoy it, and decide to try the Storm King Ultra yourself some day.
My most successful race to date. I placed 12th overall, finishing 100 miles with 22,000 feet of climbing in just over 23 hours. The course is really beautiful and the awesome support and low-key vibe was exactly what I like about trail running in the PNW. You can read about my race in the link… Read more
This was a nearly well-executed bad idea. You can read my trip report as a PDF in the link below. The short story is that I biked to Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood in a self-supported fashion and circumnavigated each one by foot in a single push, completed in one week. As… Read more
Fond memories of my first 100. You should blog about your first 100, I think. This one was special for me- I got to run with my best friends and it was just a great day. You can read about it in the link to the PDF below.
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