Intro The Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim run of the Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list of crazy ultrarunning adventures for years. In October 2020, I finally ran it via the Bright Angel trail. Compared to the more popular South Kaibab route, the Bright Angel route is logistically easier but longer in distance. In total, I covered ~50 miles with ~10,500’ of elevation gain. Canyon temperatures in the mid-90’s made for dangerously hot conditions, despite the late October date.
Backpacking Yosemite: Getting Permits I recently organized a backpacking trip for 2 nights in Yosemite National Park. The permit process is among the strictest of all US national parks, and careful planning is required to secure permits to backpack in Yosemite. Having failed to get permits to backpack in Yosemite in the past, I was so excited to be granted our first choice of routes that we had listed on the application.
I won the storied and competitive Miwok 100k! This win came just three weeks after my win at the Zion 100.
The Miwok course runs along many of the trails in Marin that I run on weekends. I also ran the race two years ago in 2016, so I was very familiar with the course. This gave me a huge advantage when it came to pulling ahead and maintaining my lead in the second half of the race.
I won the Zion 100 ultramarathon!!! Strava wankers can find it here.
I went into the race with a good amount of trepidation. I hadn’t finished a 100-mile event since Angeles Crest in 2016. My training leading up to Zion was much different than the training leading to my other 100-mile finishes… less volume, but more focus on heavy weightlifting, mobility, and structured speedwork 2x per week.
My training, in a nutshell, amounted to nearly 800 miles of running with nearly 100,000 ft of vertical gain in 2019 leading up to the race.
Last week, I thru-hiked all 170 miles of the Tahoe Rim Trail. I was on the trail for a total of 124 hours (6 days, 5 nights). My average distance hiked per day was over 30 miles! This was the longest distance, by far, that I’ve traveled in self-supported backpacking.
Chris on day 4, approximately 15 miles into his journey Some parts of the journey were relatively easy.