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Trail Running

I found an old index card in my Sierra High Route book that read: Dobbiamo credere nei miracoli prima di osare chiederne uno, an Italian phrase meaning, “We must first believe in miracles before having the audacity to ask for one.” Photo: Ken Etzel

FFFKT*

By Jenn Shelton   |   Sep 6, 2019 September 6, 2019

*Fastest Fish Fourteener Known Time I picked it up on a whim at the ranger station in Bishop 2012. I was there finagling a permit that would look more or less legal for my attempt to break the men’s speed record across the John Muir Trail starting the next day. Read More

Krissy Moehl and Grant Guise run the inaugural takayna / Tarkine ultramarathon. Photo: Jarrah Lynch

If You Love It, Run for It

By Krissy Moehl   |   Aug 13, 2019 August 13, 2019

Krissy Moehl reports from the inaugural takayna ultramarathon “There are no footprints.” Fellow Patagonia ambassador and New Zealand native Grant Guise voiced what I was thinking. Our headlamps and phone lights dimly illuminated the overgrown double-track from Rebecca Road. “If 100 people are starting a race in five minutes, we… Read More

Some people will do anything to avoid pulling out a headlamp. Alyson Dimmitt Gnam catches her breath before hammering out the twilight descent to the car. Glacier National Park, Montana. Photo: Steven Gnam

Nose to the Wind

By Steve House   |   Apr 12, 2019 April 12, 2019

In his new book, Training for the Uphill Athlete, Steve House joins forces with coach Scott Johnston and athlete Kílian Jornet to develop a comprehensive approach to finding the joy and the payoff of intense training effort. Even lunges. The wind had made its presence known all… Read More

Sandstone features on the northern border of the Diné reservation. Photo: Ace Kvale

Why Run

By Meaghen Brown   |   Apr 5, 2019 April 5, 2019

Some time in the northern corner of the Diné reservation helps clarify why this question is so hard to answer. A girl wakes and runs toward the light, her dark hair streaming behind her as she races in the direction of the rising sun. She hears the prayers of her… Read More

Mountain runner Kílian  Jornet blazes down the north ridge of Täschhorn in Switzerland. Along  with Steve House and Scott Johnston, he’s leading the “anti-fad” training movement for mountain athletes. Photo: Steve House

Seven Recommendations for Trail Racing and Training

By Kílian Jornet   |   Mar 30, 2019 March 30, 2019

Patagonia is thrilled to publish Steve House and Scott Johnston’s second training book, Training for the Uphill Athlete, for which they teamed up with world-class endurance athlete Kílian Jornet. This is an excerpt from the book, now available in Patagonia stores, on Patagonia.com, and at your favorite… Read More

Some wilderness is wilder than others. According to the U.S. Forest Service, “The Bob” has a higher density of grizzly bears than anywhere in the country outside of Alaska. Wolves, mountain lions and other large mammals also call it home—a fact that might put a spring in one’s step while running some of the 1,800+ miles of remote, foot-and stock-only trails. Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, Montana. Photo: Steven Gnam

Measure of Time

By Meaghen Brown   |   Mar 7, 2019 March 7, 2019

For the slo-mo, bug-bitten, exhausted joy of really long runs. Time expands and compresses on long runs. Moments of navigation or extended discomfort can seem endless, while the landscape sifts by like a slow-moving picture. And then suddenly it’s been hours that slipped by without you noticing, except for… Read More

Blaze navigates a stretch of high-altitude terrain with dad. Photo: Steven Gnam

Home Run

By Meaghen Brown   |   Jan 8, 2019 January 8, 2019

Some families share religion, camping, lavish vacations, opera. Other families go running. On an unnaturally warm February morning, one of many in a winter that never made up its mind south of the 40th latitude, the Braford family went for a run. Through town on Shrine Road, up toward the… Read More

Illustration: Stephen Rockwood

Back Door to Baker

By Krissy Moehl   |   Aug 31, 2018 August 31, 2018

On clear days in the Pacific Northwest, views of Mount Baker depend on the marine layer and the storms. The 10,781-foot snowcapped dome is often obscured by the shifting weather, and though I’d grown up looking at the mountain, I didn’t see it much this year. But when Jeremy Wolf… Read More

Emptying rocks from the shoes atop Mt. Russell, with a view a Mt. Whitney. Photo: Erik Schulte

California 14er-fest

By Erik Schulte   |   May 30, 2018 May 30, 2018

Groggily I stirred in the sweaty musk of my sleeping bag. I’d spent the night on the hard concrete slab directly outside the Independence campground’s pit toilets, with the wafting stench of shit enveloping my fitful slumber. I shut my eyes, trying to forget where I was. My hips were… Read More

Walker Ferguson laid low by a high-quality effort. Tuolumne Meadows, California. Photo: Jeff Johnson

Three Hours, Max

By Will Leith   |   Apr 17, 2018 April 17, 2018

The map showed an unbroken line contoured to the ridge. We started running along that line and ran past its end, into a space between two worlds. A few orange ribbons hung on branches in natural openings, marking what might eventually be the beginning of a trail. We followed it. Read More

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