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The North Face Hyper-Track Guide

My newest shoe and the shoe I used for the first 1/2 of my first 40 mile ultra trail race. The North Face Hyper-Track Guide took me 2 runs to get used to, which is a long time for me, I usually love shoes right out the box. My first run in these shoes felt heavy and unresponsive however I took them for another spin 1 week later and fell in love. The shoes feel light and fast under my feet now. They are very responsive and have a large toe box allowing for your toes to have some space and movement over longer runs. I have used the shoes now for a couple of months as one of my 3 pairs of go to shoes. I have used them for long runs over 20km and shorter runs of 5km and like them for both, they have enough cushioning for the longer runs yet feel light and fast enough to blast out a 5km run. If you are looking for new shoes I would definitely give these guys a try they may just become your new favorite shoe!!

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Posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago at 9:33 am.

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Fun Ride In Bend, OR

Riding in Bend, Oregon!

Arriving into Bend it was a great day we checked out some running stores and many bike stores and then headed to Phil’s trail to rip it up. The trails were smooth rolling single track and some flying fast downhill. It was great. That night we found a campground and they had a yurt available which was awesome as it was pretty cold that night for camping. Next post will be about the 40 mile trail race and some great pics from the race!!

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Posted 1 year ago at 4:59 pm.

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Trip to Oregon!

Trip to Oregon – a quest for 40 miles of trail running……

Heading to Oregon we met up with our friends Lindsey and Jesse from Kelowna and travelled down together. Crossing the border near Osoyoos was an interesting start stopping at a gas station on the other side of the border to eat some food and what do you think was beside our car? A hand gun…..yup just sitting there looking like it fell out of our car which it didn’t so what do we do?? Take some pictures and then we leave. Continuing our way to Bend the wind was unreal especially around Soap Lake…. It was insane. As we were following Lindsey and Jesse and all of a sudden the bikes on their roof rack float into the air. Oh My God there bike race has broken off!! Thankfully the bikes didn’t come off and the back half of the rack stayed in tack – Aaaaaak!! Quick thinking we put the bikes in our Element and our gear in their car and crisis averted. We camped in Yakima maybe they sell bike racks? It was a beautiful drive down to Bend with great weather – next post will be riding in Bend!

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Posted 1 year ago at 8:09 pm.

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Runners Glove

My latest running glove and now my go to glove for most things. This glove is very simple in its design there is no velcro to get caught up on your other technical apparel. This glove is recommended as a 3 season glove, I would have to agree but the 3 seasons I think are different for the Okanagan area than for what everybody else is thinking. These gloves will be great for winter running as long as you have either warm hands or some handwarms snuck into the the back of the glove. The backs of the gloves are made out of  TNF™ Apex ClimateBlock soft shell fabric  to help protect your hands from the elements while you get the miles in. The mesh palm helps to cool off your hands allowing you to shed some of that extra heat you may be generating. I however find they will be too warm for summer running and personally have not found a reason for a summer glove as of yet.  I also really love the electronic friendly finger tips allowing you to easily use whatever gadget you may need to use mine is my is the Bevel on my Garmin Watch. If you are looking for a good running glove check out the Runners Glove from The North Face either online at www.thenorthface.com or at your local Wild Mountain Store.

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Posted 1 year, 2 months ago at 10:20 am.

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Run, Walk, Hobble whatever it takes

The last day of the West Highland Way in Scotland this will complete the 5 day run across the Scottish Highlands about  163kms. Well done to the team it was a great accomplishment. Day 5 we awoke to yet another sunny beautiful day and we said we would be stoked with one day of great weather but 5 … can’t believe it! Leaving Kinlochleven we had a steep climb offering great views of the loch and blue sky.. We met and passed a lot of other hikers today all excited to be completing the way today. Arriving at the end of the trail at Fort William was a bit anti-climatic with 5km of paved road to finish was mentally wearing. We reached the end and beat our luggage to the hotel, fancy that. The actual finish of the trail has been moved to downtown Fort William eventhough we passed a sign that said the end. After an awesome shower we walked downtown to check out the end of the WHW. The next day it was raining….another great adventure and scored 5 great days for running in the Highlands of Scotland.

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 1:29 pm.

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Day 4 Run some moor!!

Thinking it was going to be a long tough day from the elevation profile we headed out a little earlier then the past few days. Frost was on the ground and the mud was nicely frozen. Bagging our first 1000ft in 40 minutes cruising to the Rannoch Moor aka mountain pass with no shelter or trees. Heading towards the Kingshouse Hotel where are lunch stop would the trail was great nice path. The deer were super loud it sounded like they were screaming all thru the hills….we only saw a few. The sun was out on the blue sky day it was amazing couldn’t believe it was October in Scotland with nice weather!! Now onto the Devil’s Staircase after lunch climbing up some steeper pitches with a fun zig zag trail reaching the cairns at the top of the pass. Getting ready for the steep descent into Kinlochleven where we would spend the night. The last of the trail was more of a big rock gravel road and seemed like it took forever. Passing the hydro dam that used to power an Alcan plant that closed in 2000 – the redirected the town to be an outdoor mecca including an Ice Factor – indoor ice climbing! Looking forward to tomorrow a steep climb out and no towns for 24km until we reach Fort William.

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 12:25 am.

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Sheep Creeps and Waterfalls

As we left the haunted Drover’s Inn in the morning it was very cool…the sun was hidden behind the hills but soon it rose above and it warmed up the air to a beautiful fall day! The trail started out with a rocky road with lots of waterfalls along the way – Phil was in heaven but also means he needs to play catch up. Along the there were lots of sheep in the hills and one farm of cows. Trail footing was quite easier today with moderate climbs. We found lunch today in Tyndrum at 20km and it was the best fish in chips so far probably the best we will have in Scotland. The restaurant was called Real Food Café. Now on to Bridge of Orchy another 11km to go – we arrived at about 3pm which was quite early but gave us lots of time to recover and get ready for tomorrow. It feels like we are on the amazing race when we reach a town and read the directions to the hotel but no one is there to say you are the first team to arrive!! Looking forward to tomorrow’s awesome views up on Rannoch Moor (one of Britain’s largest wild places)…the first climb is 1000 ft, second climb is 900 ft descend 650ft  – steep climb to 1000 ft and finally a 1800 ft descent to Kinlochleven!

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 10:55 pm.

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The “Hard Way”

The day started off cold and clear on the south shores of Loch Lomond. The trail stayed low following closely by the shoreline with small but rocky and rooty sections of trail leading away from the Loch. As we continued along we passed the site of Ben Lomond one of the first Munros we have seen. We started up a gravel path away from civilization heading towards Inversnaid. Our plan was to head down onto the low path beside the loc to allow us to see Rob Roys Prison however the trail was closed due to blown down trees from many winter storms leaving the trail impassable until sometime in 2013. This left us on a hard packed trail then turning into more rooty, rocky trail similar to the West Coast Trail. Many ups and many downs made it a hard and wearing day reaching exhaustion and Inveraran around 5:30pm where we would stay the night. Legs are tired, days are longer than stated 2 days now at or over 35km….some chaffing and other issues are starting to arise – things you learn from day after day running. Looking forward to tomorrow as we hit day 3 of 5. Food menu’s are pretty limited either fish and chips, cheese burger & chips or ham and cheese toastie – looks like we will be fueled by fish and chips!

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 12:05 pm.

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West Highland “Whisky” Way Day

Wow what a beautiful day sun is shining and the air is warm. The fog was burning off the ponds as we ran thru the fields outside of Milngavie – enjoying the company of other runners along the way. The trail is well marked so it was a great path for running – varying terrain from tractor paths, cow paths and single track trails. 12km in….a stop at the Glengoyne distillery was a must – a one hour tour which was awesome!! Some tastings of some whisky from the best distillery in Scotland. Back to running on the way…a side trip to see the salmon going up the river. Next major event was Conic hill which was the major elevation of the day coming at 29km into the run it was a grunt to the top where we saw some highland cows and then came the down 1 mile 300m descent. Arriving at Oak Tree Inn where we will stay the night – 35km a great day can’t wait for what tomorrow will bring!!

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 2:18 pm.

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Glasgow

We have spent the last day chilling out in Glasgow getting over jet lag and hanging out with Family. We had a great day yesterday checking out some of the local culture and walking around the Bothwell Castle. Today we are leaving on the train to head to Milngavie so that we are ready to start running in the morning. 30km tomorrow with one major point of interest after 12km the Glengoyne Distillery for a tour and a couple of samples. We will see how the next 18km go after having a couple of shots of Scotch.

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Posted 1 year, 6 months ago at 1:15 am.

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