February is my birthday month, and it seems like lots of people have been raising money for charities and other great causes for their birthdays. I've decided to do something a little different. Instead of fundraising, I'm raising vertical gain! For 2019, I've taken on the goal of reaching 400,000 vertical feet of human-powered ascent, … Continue reading (Virtual) Glacial Climb Challenge!
Although I've kept track of my vertical gain while running, hiking, skiing, and climbing for many years now, it has never been my main focus. Until now. As I write about on the VN400K page, the 400,000 vertical foot goal for 2019 represents approximately 0.0001% of the 400 billion tons of glacier ice that are … Continue reading Velocity North 400k Challenge
It was getting warm. We were running a little low on water, and the slope was unrelentingly down and down and down -- from the top of one of Vermont's highest peaks to a mere 350 ft above sea level on the banks of the Winooski River. This past Tuesday, the 7th day of this … Continue reading Limits
In August 1922, only 12 years after the Long Trail was completed from Bennington to Johnson, VT, a group of 4 hikers (3 of Robert Frost's children and their friend) completed the first-ever continuous hike of its (then) 225 miles. Tackling the trail in a brisk 17 days, they were joined on most of … Continue reading Following Footsteps — 9 days to go
With 12 days to go to the Vermont Climate Run and with tapering starting in earnest on Sunday, I've started to hone in on 'last-minute' logistics: what will I need at each night's camp, which road crossings need to be fully-stocked aid stations (and what will I need there), at what time is it *really* … Continue reading personal resilience
My dog Dragon and I did an out-and-back run along the new Long Trail section north of the Winooski River on Sunday. We bounded up the springy softness of the recently opened single-track before turning around at an unnamed summit about 5 miles from the river. Here, the trail turns a little toward the east … Continue reading 15 Days to go!
With 25 days to go until the start of the 2018 Vermont Climate Run, I've found myself sidelined a little this week with a stubborn head-cold that's curtailed what should have been one of my peak training weeks. I came into the week strong and feeling ready for the challenge ahead, and I'm finishing the … Continue reading Pace
Climate Run Vermont is only 6 weeks away!! As I've been ramping up training and preparing for the ride & run, people have asked me, "why did you decide to run in Vermont?" and "what does Vermont have to do with climate change?" There are 2 kinds of answers. Looking north along the Long Trail … Continue reading res•il•ience
I realized last week that we're within 80 days of the 2018 summer solstice! That means that as of today, there are only 73 days until I plan to get on my bike at the Vermont/Canadian border in North Troy, VT at 4:30 am on June 20th and head south along VT Route 100. … Continue reading Planning!
I'm procrastinating a little. It's day two of our January thaw. It's 48 degrees and raining, which has glazed the 4th-class gravel road in front of our house with a sheen of mottled gray ice. So, I'm less excited to get out there and put in the miles today, but I know I need them … Continue reading every step