Sunday, July 21, 2013
Adventure beckoned. My wife and I took advantage of another fantastic day in Anchorage with a hike up Wolverine Peak. This was my wife's first time up the mountain--and hopefully not her last! I loved being with her today in the backcountry. We had an adventurous seven hour day. Thanks Isty!
Adventure beckoned. There is nothing better to cleanse and renew the body, mind, and soul than to climb four mountains in five hours of Alaska adventure running. After work, Jesse, Eliseo, and I tackled Mt. Magnificent, Vista Peak, Roundtop Mountain, and Blacktail Rocks Ptarmigan on a classic Thursday Evening Epic! Amen.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Adventure beckoned. On a glorious Saturday under sun and blue skies, my running crew (Tundra and Swift) and I ran O'Malley Peak in 2 hours 40 minutes. There was just enough water in various mud puddles, creeks, and snow fields to accommodate my dogs' continual panting. Although the run along the Ball Field and up to the summit is an "easy" run by mountain standards, it is always fun to push your body. I love the reward of generous views of the surrounding peaks and serenity. Amen!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Adventure beckoned. Todd Kasteler, Swift, Tundra, and I opted for a challenging Sunday run--Double Suicide (South Suicide and North Suicide).
The route started with a run to Rabbit Lake and then a grind up Hauser's Gully to the summit of South Suicide. After taking an array of photos, we blasted down the peak and up North Suicide. The views were basically obscured but our spirits were jazzed. Our descent off the peak was a bit unconventional in that we elected on the steep Nausea Gully. A careful descent deposited us at the base of the Suicide peaks--back to where we started. After taking off our wind gear and removing the rocks from our shoes, the run back to the truck was slow and relaxed. Depleted but fulfilled!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Adventure beckoned. With another glorious day, I had the opportunity to cross off something I've been wanting to do for awhile--bike the 26 mile round-trip Bird to Gird Trail. Although it's not an epic adventure, I had fun. Between yesterday's mountain run and today's bike ride, I'm ready to sit on my deck and enjoy God's beautiful day. Amen!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Adventure beckoned. With the gift of blue skies and sun, I embarked on a classic route up the backside of Flattop and then along the ridge to the tarn in Ptarmigan Pass. Ridge runs are always dandy on a nice day! Even though I started early, the dogs were not keen with temperatures hovering around 60. I guess I wouldn't want to run for three hours with a fur coat on either! Once I got to the tarn, Tundra laid down in the water for the longest time. Swift was afraid of the water. He decided to meander around and look for small furry animals to chase.