Adventures

I have a passion for outdoors and experiences that enrich my life. Hopefully these reports can give you some inspiration, some laughs, knowledge about the gear and equipment I use, and more of a connection to my experiences. Get out and have an adventure, and of course your mileage may vary.


2014 Bolder Boulder 10k

The Bolder Boulder is one of the largest races in the US with 50k+ racers every Memorial Day.

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IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene – 2013

My second time racing Ironman Coeur d’Alene. This race went much better than my last couple long distance races.

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Broken Top Crater Hike

The weather was bad, but it was still a good time. Wind was gusting around 60 mph up in the crater. Unfortunately I could not see much.

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Paulina Peak & Crater Rim Ride (1/2 of it)

The Paulina Peak and Newberry Crater Rim are located south of Bend. While not a long ride it is surprisingly difficult as it is soft and at altitude.

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Hike to Scout Lake in Jefferson Park

Our annual birthday hike took us to Scout Lake in Jefferson Park. The weather was great and the views fabulous.

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Leadman Epic 250 Bend

The Inaugural Leadman 250 Bend was not only epic but beautiful. Unfortunately, I still can not get my nutrition in order.

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Broken Top Climb via Northwest Ridge

September Climb of Broken Top. Broken Top is a 9,175 foot craggy volcano. We took the Northwest Ridge with views of the Pole Creek Fire.

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Port Townsend Larry Scott Trail Ride

Melissa and my Labor Day ride into Port Townsend, Washington with some pizza and ice cream.

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REV3 Portland Half Rev Triathlon

My first REV3 race. The Portland Race was tough and hot. I suffered a lot but finished in a reasonable time.

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Mt. Washington Climb

A really fun climb. With snow in the early season this climb is full of views.

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Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon

I had never done an Olympic Distance Race and with Rev3 Portland coming up I felt like this would be a good warm up.

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Broken Top Summit Attempt

Originlly planning to summit Mt. Hood. The weather changed our plans to Broken Top and that even proved to be too much, but fun nonetheless.

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Peterson Ridge Rumble – 2012

My second running of the Peterson Ridge Rumble 40-mile Ultramarathon. Improved on last year but hurt a bit more.

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Grin and Bear It 10k Race

The Grin and Bear It Run is a local run that raises money for Healthy Beginnings of Bend.

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Kehei to the Lava Fields Run

My long run while on vacation was along the main road into the lava fields on South Maui.

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Nighttime Snowshoe Run at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park

Running at night became common place. So why not run in the snow at night, right?

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Columbia Gorge Waterfall Run

Running a section of the Columbia River Gorge Waterfall 50k Course. I ran a 15 mile section with a host of awesome views.

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Flagline – Mrazek Trail MTB Ride

The last ride in the high country before the snow hits. We finally got to ride the Flagline trail.

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Demaris Lake Hike

We hiked up to little Demaris Lake in the Three Creeks Wilderness. With views of the Three Sisters and some nice campsites, Demaris Lake is a good overnight destination.

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Jefferson Park Hike via Whitewater Trail

One of the most beautiful and popular backcountry destinations in Oregon. Late September is a great time to go.

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Hike to No-Name Lake on East Side of Broken Top

A day hike up to the unnamed lake on the East Flank of Broken Top. Easy hike, rough road.

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Sleeping on the South Sister Summit

It may sound crazy, but sleeping on the summit of the South Sister is not too difficult. Actually it was rather fun.

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Hiking the Timberline Trail (1/2 of it)

I was planning on circumnavigating Mt. Hood. Unfortunately the fires on Mt. Hood did not agree with my itinerary.

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RAT (Redmond Area Triathlon) Race

The RAT Race is a local sprint triathlon. It was supposed to be a walk in the park, then I crashed.

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Cascade Classic Volunteering & Ride

A day of riding and volunteering on stage 3 of the Cascade Classic. A six day stage race located here in Central Oregon.

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McKenzie Pass Eastside Ride

McKenzie Pass is closed in the late spring and early summer to vehicles but open to cyclists and hikers. A beautiful ride from both the Westside and Eastside.

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Mt. Hood Climb

Mt. Hood is the tallest peak in Oregon at 11,230 ft. Being the second most climb glaciated peak in the Northern Hemisphere there will be crowds but the climb is worth it.

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Moon Mountain Hike

8.9 miles round-trip to the top of Moon Mountain. While the crowds are small in June, the sun was warm and snow was great.

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Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 Mile Ultramarathon

The Peterson Ridge Rumble is a 40 mile Ultramarathon just outside of Sisters, OR. It was a perfect day for racing and my race even went as planned, finally.

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Silverman Triathlon

The Silverman Triathlon is a Ironman Distance race just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Branded as being “The Most Grueling Ironman in the World.”

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South Sister Climb

On a perfect September day, I was able to summit the 3rd tallest peak in Oregon, the South Sister.

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Touring Ride to Grayland, WA

My first Touring Ride from Bend, Oregon to Grayland, Washington. 415 miles, 6 days, 5 nights, and 36 hours of riding.

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Middle Sister Attempt

Well this was supposed to be a summit attempt. Unfortunately Mother Nature and I did not agree on this. Who would have thought that this was late May. What a lite winter we are having.

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Eugene Marathon

The 2010 Eugene Marathon finished in Hayward Field for the first time. For once I was fully trained and was able to post my Personal Best of 3:20:22.

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Ironman Canada

Ironman Canada has been raced since 1983. This was my first try at it. I got chewed up and spit out, read about it here.

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The Goofy Challenge

So it is not just a clever name. The Goofy challenge is a Half Marathon on Saturday and a Full Marathon on Sunday. Both around Disney World!

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Cle Elum Ridge 50k Ultramarathon

An ultra-marathon, what was I thinking? I had never run this far in my life. Not to mention that the run was up the ridge for 17 miles and back down another 14 plus. This should be fun.

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Ironman 70.3 Boise

The inaugural Boise Ironman 70.3. After Ironman CdA this should be easy right? For the lack of training, I was really happy with how this race turned out.

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Golden Lake Overnighter

Golden Lake is a lake hidden off the trail below Broken Top. A great and quiet destination, especially in September.

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Ironman Coeur d’Alene

My first ever Ironman and only second triathlon ever. Even though I felt ready for the race, I did not expect it to be such a suffer-fest. It is amazing to know how far you can push yourself.

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Mount Adams Climb

MT. Adams is 12,281 feet tall. Surprisingly bigger than you would think. Mt. Adams is not too technical from the south side but offers a great experience.

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Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon is held Thanksgiving Weekend in Seattle, Washington. For some reason I was drawn to trying to run a marathon and since I live in Seattle, this one just made sense. It was weird when I first made up my training plan for the race. I could not fathom that I had to […]

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