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Ladies Fastpack: Red Castle--> Kings Peak Loop

Ethereal.
towards lower red castle lake
No other word can describe this hastily thrown together trip of four women fast-packing 47+ miles through the Uintas. This adventure included altitude, a 13er, 4 passes, 2 looooooong marshes, countless lakes.... and happy, happy girls who loved the experience despite the expected physical hardships of carrying a 15lb+ pack running/hiking/slogging at altitude for more than 20 hours.

view of one of the middle red castle lakes
our first view of red castle, after many hours with the pack, we were happy to take them off for a minute
This was one of those adventures with so many moments, memories, and fun that I have yet to mull over the stories and savor the memories.

I love this girl
the happiest I've ever been on a run. technical trail, sunset glowing off the rocks, and the promise of an icy swim at the end.Some parts, like a solo early morning run back to red castle to watch the sunrise, were moments that have taken root in my soul. In such, I think …

Ladies Fastpack: Red Castle--> Kings Peak Loop

Ethereal.

No other word can describe this hastily thrown together trip of four women fast-packing 47+ miles through the Uintas. This adventure included altitude, a 13er, 4 passes, 2 looooooong marshes, countless lakes.... and happy, happy girls who loved the experience despite the expected physical hardships of carrying a 15lb+ pack running/hiking/slogging at altitude for more than 20 hours.



This was one of those adventures with so many moments, memories, and fun that I have yet to mull over the stories and savor the memories.


Some parts, like a solo early morning run back to red castle to watch the sunrise, were moments that have taken root in my soul. In such, I think I left a piece of me out there. We all did.



Sometimes opportunities come, perhaps with people you've never met (this was my first time meeting the lovely Sarah M) and the ensuring adventures form a life-long memory.

This, this was one of those adventures.



A 100 Miler's View on a Short Race: Jupiter Peak Race Report

For the last year, I've spent my time training and focusing on ultra-length mountain running adventures with a 10-30 hour time frame. Jupiter Peak was the first non-ultra trail race I've done. In all of it's 15-16 mile glory (some debate there), I was a wee bit nervous.

Since the race had a late start (8am!) I slept in and made it to packet pickup about 15minutes before gun time. Oops. As I picked up my bib I mentioned my jitters at pacing out a race so short. The kind lady helping me asked,
"Well where in the pack do you run in ultras? Front, middle, or back?"
"It's all relative til mile 60 or 70, right?" I chuckled... And received a blank stare back. My ultra humor wasn't funny here.

Waiting at the start with the utlra crowd, we watched the mountain cup elite runners warm-up. WARM-UP. ha! Something I haven't seen in ages! They were doing hill sprints.
"Lunges! OMG, look, they're actually doing lunges!" A friend pointed out.
Yep, yo…

A 100 Miler's View on a Short Race: Jupiter Peak Race Report

For the last year, I've spent my time training and focusing on ultra-length mountain running adventures with a 10-30 hour time frame. Jupiter Peak was the first non-ultra trail race I've done. In all of it's 15-16 mile glory (some debate there), I was a wee bit nervous.

Since the race had a late start (8am!) I slept in and made it to packet pickup about 15minutes before gun time. Oops. As I picked up my bib I mentioned my jitters at pacing out a race so short. The kind lady helping me asked,
"Well where in the pack do you run in ultras? Front, middle, or back?"
"It's all relative til mile 60 or 70, right?" I chuckled... And received a blank stare back. My ultra humor wasn't funny here.

Waiting at the start with the utlra crowd, we watched the mountain cup elite runners warm-up. WARM-UP. ha! Something I haven't seen in ages! They were doing hill sprints.
"Lunges! OMG, look, they're actually doing lunges!" A friend pointed out.
Y…