Night Flight

Night Flight

Flying at night in a small plane at low altitudes is not unlike night scuba dives: floating in three dimensions in a moving and invisible fluid, with no reference. In the air, you can travel hundreds of miles across mountains, oceans, and plains. When there are clouds below you, cities project an orange splendor through […]

My Iditarod Tribe

My Iditarod Tribe

About 20 days into the Iditarod Trail, I was 70 miles up the Yukon River and looking forward to exiting its 120-mile remote stretch. The winds down the river can be strong; combined with low temperatures, wind chill can overwhelm the best intentions and equipment. Sure enough, on the second day the wind rose as […]

Outside the Circle of Light

Outside the Circle of Light

I gathered with my fellow running Boulder Banditos for an evening jog through Teller Farms, on the East side of Boulder. The sky was overcast and slow snowfall graced the air. Open landscape showed sparse snowed trees and fields of white. Lights in the distance gave the scene a poignant reminder of families safe and […]

Fit For Purpose

Fit For Purpose

One of the keys to extreme races in extreme places is to design or modify existing equipment to tightly match the specifics of the adventure. Most commercial apparel is designed with a large sweet spot, “good enough” for many situations. On the Iditarod Trail, in winter, “good enough” might cost you a finger or two. […]

Here we go again… Iditarod #2

Here we go again… Iditarod #2

My training for the Iditarod Trail has started. I have kept a mild base, running 50 miles a week, including one long-ish run. Now we add weight. A lot of the “race” – possibly hundreds of miles – happen in deep snow and with temperatures hovering in the -40s. Large snow shoes are on, and […]

Reframe for infinity

Reframe for infinity

Life has lots of climbs. Make them yours. Love them.

Mental Game

Mental Game

The mental game actually opens the gates to deeper, often unconscious resources with a lot more capability than the rational mind.

Inventing 1000 miles

Inventing 1000 miles

How to prepare for a 1000-miler winter Alaska crossing? There is no recipe. You have to invent it one step at a time. 40 days to launch.

Why?

Why?

Several times this holiday season I have been asked the ‘why’ question. “1,000 miles? in Alaska? In winter? Really? How? Why?…” For me, a solo unsupported trek across Alaska includes several highly desirable components: – It’s about running and about endurance. Endurance has motivated me since watching a 24-hour motorcycle race in the urban circuit […]

Training for a 1000 miler: mystery and romance

Training for a 1000 miler: mystery and romance

Some of you know this already: all these pictures of sleds and snow are part of a bigger plan. World domination? Maybe later. First, a more modest target: a 1000-mile Alaska traverse, from Anchorage to Nome, starting February 19. Few places speak to the frontier, the edge, as Alaska does, full of romance and mystery. […]