What a beautiful day it was for the classic Bonneville Shoreline Trail Marathon. Pictures from the event here. Mindy had a solid run and was all smiles as usual. I was on daddy duty and did some nice hikin’ and photo shootin’. Always a treat to get to see the local trail running crew.
Another soul shaping adventure at the Barkley Marathons. It’s impossible to capture the true essence of the experience in written form. Suffice it to say, it was magical! In the nearly 58 hrs it took me to finish 5 laps we had nearly every type of weather (torrential rain, crazy wind, snow, ice, sunshine, AND heat!) and I experienced the full spectrum of physical and emotional states. I definitely got my $1.60 worth. :)
Huge thanks to Laz for creating one of the most unique events on the planet.
Buzz and I snuck down to Zion for a quick 2 day trip over the March 15th weekend. Our first objective was the “TTT” Temple Throne Traverse. An objective simply can’t stand on its own without a good acronym to reference it. The “TTT”, as Buzz called it, is in reference to the fact that it starts by tagging the summit of East Temple and finishes on Great White Throne with a few peaks (Mt. Spry, Twin Brother, Mountain of the Sun, Deertrap) in-between. Whether the route is actually a “Traverse” can be argued…. We descended Hidden Canyon. Buzz has already done a great write-up so I’ll simply add a topo map, and note that the route is ~17.5 miles long, and a caution that it is a serious route with high-consequence scrambling!
Another Running Up For Air Challenge (RUFA) in the books! Once again I am reminded of the incredible community of outdoor enthusiasts, trail runners, and clean air advocates we have here in Salt Lake City. Experiencing such positive energy all the way from the parking lot to the summit of Grandeur Peak makes this a very special day.
- PICTURES HERE – Please send me (jared.e.campbell [at] gmail [dot] com) your pictures so I can add them to the album.
- MEDIA : Luke Nelson’s write-up, KUED Channel 7
- Despite the sub-optimal weather, we’re still on for tomorrow. When has a little rain/snow stopped RUFA? That’s right, never!
- You can track my whereabouts via SPOT and this spreadsheet which will be updated throughout Sat & Sun.
Some things just seem impossible don’t they? One such thing is solving the unhealthy air pollution problem that plagues the Salt Lake Valley during winter thermal inversions. (See The Air We Breathe video, which aired on KUED). Thankfully, most people finally “get it” and are now asking “how can I help”? The best resource available comes from a local non-profit group called Breathe Utah. Check out their “Air Info” website to come up to speed on the science, the health effects, and to learn what you can do to help. Breathe Utah is a group of talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to improve the situation for all of us.
WOW, what a year! While I wasn’t very good at maintaining the blog, behind the scenes I was having a fantastic year. In fact, 2013 was hands-down the most amazing year of my life. There were great runs, grand adventures, international travel, an incredible Fall in the Wasatch, trips to the Tetons, clean energy work, a handful of fun design/home projects, etc. But the climax came at the end of December when our baby Phoebe was born. This write-up is meant to be a quick summary of the highlights of 2013.
Most of the month was spent working and and trying to get ready for this year’s Running Up For Air challenge (which took place in March).
One January highlight was a big dump of snow SLC received at low elevations which led to some unique skiing on the peaks immediately adjacent to the city, including Mount Wire, which Mindy, Ryan and I simply couldn’t miss. Photos
At 8:39PM on 5/26/2013 after 28 hours and 2 minutes, Buzz, Ryan, and I finished a route we call “Zironman”. Zion National Park has held a tight grip on my soul for most of my life and in the recent decade has lured me in to experience her multi-faceted beauty. This route embodies the type of excitement, adventure, effort, teamwork, and requisite planning that I have come to look for. The idea of this route sprouted out of past adventures the three of us have had together, which adds to my satisfaction with the fact that it was the three of us that executed it almost perfectly.
Buzz wrote a great account of the adventure, so if you’d like to learn more check it out! In an effort to not repeat the details Buzz captured so well, I’ll simply focus on several of the aspects of the adventure that stand out to me.
Spring-time in Zion is something I always look forward to. So far, I’ve had 3 fantastic weekend trips that are worth quickly jotting down.
- Trip 1
- April 13 - Fat Mans Misery Loop, Deertrap to Weeping Rock point-to-point run
- April 14 – Mt. Majestic
- Trip 2
- April 25 – West Side Pentaverate fast : Pine Valley Peak, W. Northgate, N. Guardian, S. Guardian, E. Northgate
- April 26 – East Rim trail run, East Side Linkup (E. Temple, Twin Brothers, Mountain of the Sun, Deertrap peak, Hidden Canyon descent)
- April 27 – Squirrel to Water Canyon
- Trip 3
- May 18 – Imlay
- May 19 – Deertrap to Hidden Canyon
More details below