Trail Running Stories

Dan Patitucci
Unfenced

The Red Desert in southwest Wyoming is the largest unfenced area in the continental United States. In order to raise awareness about this threatened ecosystem, several Wyoming conservation groups have banded together to organize a trail race that brings runners, local stakeholders, and concerned citizens together to experience this place and see exactly what is at stake.

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Some Boundaries Are Worth Preserving

Running through the most-visited wilderness in the continental United States, rallying to its defense.

Alex Falconer
8 min Read
Run the Red

A trail running race in southwest Wyoming brings attention to the importance of protecting the largest unfenced area in the contiguous United States.

Katie Klingsporn
8 min Read
Running to the Bottom of the World

Exploring South America’s public lands on foot.

Felipe Cancino
6 min Read
The Most Obvious Line

Luke Nelson's FKT on the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup.

Luke Nelson
5 min Read
FFFKT (Fastest Fish Fourteener Known Time)

Jenn Shelton traverses the Sierra High Route.

Jenn Shelton
15 min Read
If You Love It, Run for It: Dispatch from the Inaugural Takayna Ultramarathon

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 would see footprints,” he said…

Krissy Moehl
14 min Read
Nose to the Wind

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. Even lunges.

Steve House
6 min Read
Generations of a Diné Family Reflect on Running

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 family and friends as her…

Meaghen Brown
7 min Read
Seven Recommendations for Trail Racing and Training

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 bookstore or online distributor. I race a lot:…

Kílian Jornet
4 min Read
A Very Large, Long Group Run Through the Bob Marshall Wilderness

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 the subtle changes in light and…

Meaghen Brown
2 min Read
Eli

Why We Run

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Home Run: How the Braford Family Connects by Foot

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 local water supply, to the…

Meaghen Brown
4 min Read
Wolfpack

High in the San Juan Mountains above Silverton, Colorado, a pack of runners roam.

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Krissy Moehl and Jeremy Wolf Run from Bellingham to Mt. Baker

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 emailed me about running to…

Krissy Moehl
7 min Read
Takayna

What If Running Could Save A Rainforest?

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Tackling All of California’s 14ers by Bike, and Only Getting a Little Lost

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 sore, my kidneys ached and…

Erik Schulte
8 min Read
The Way There: Why We Create and Seek Out Trails

It starts with the focal beam of a headlamp. Sunrise is more than an hour away and it’s pouring rain. Hands tucked into the sleeves of a jacket, and the pace already quick through the sharp Tasmanian buttongrass—trying to stay warm. There is an urgency to understand this threatened place, to know takayna / Tarkine as…

Meaghen Brown
4 min Read
Three Hours, Max: Underestimating a Run

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. When a gravel slope appeared…

Will Leith
3 min Read
Messengers: A 250-Mile Relay Across Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

As we sat on the tailgate of the truck, our frozen breath swirling under the light of a headlamp, we heard the first distant thud of rubber on dirt. The approaching runner was still a mile away, but you can hear just about anything that happens in the dense stillness of 2 a.m. in the…

Johnie Gall & Andy Cochrane
4 min Read
Lessons in Gratitude

It started on a hot afternoon in May, deep in Bears Ears National Monument. Four of us had been going hard for a couple of days and the fatigue from difficult miles was stacking up. One of us was struggling. It might have been lack of training, or perhaps improper fueling for back-to-back 12-hour days…

Luke Nelson
3 min Read
The Disaster Training Plan: Running the Tour du Mont Blanc with Jenn Shelton

“We just have to run 20, 30 or 50 miles a day over some mountains. What could go wrong?” When I received my itinerary from Jenn Shelton to run the Tour du Mont Blanc, I took a hard swallow of quickly drying saliva, knowing that my background as a middle-distance track racer (specializing in the 5K)…

Morgan Sjogren
7 min Read
Defending the Idea of Wilderness

The Secretary of the Interior arrived in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument midday on May 10, 2017. He came to perform an “assessment” of the monument—to see whether the current boundaries overstepped their task of protecting natural and cultural resources and spurring economic growth. It was raining, windy and cold, but hundreds of locals gathered at…

Paul Hendricks
7 min Read
A 140-Mile Backcountry Run to Old Faithful

I woke in a daze and waddled, still in my sleeping bag, bottom unzipped, feet out, toward the camp kitchen to greet the team. The morning was brisk and we’d gone light on clothes to save weight. My hands snuck out to grasp a cup of hot coffee. Two bull bison emerged in the mist…

Kt Miller
7 min Read
Running Up For Air: A Race Away from the Smog of Salt Lake City

Breathless, I reach out and high-five four smiling volunteers. Between gasps for air, I thank them for standing on the top of a peak in February to man the summit aid station. I turn and hastily trot down the steep snow steps that fall towards the valley below. Four, maybe five steps later the bottom…

Luke Nelson
6 min Read
The Worst Idea: A Sufferfest in the Wyoming Wilderness

“You don’t have to be crazy,” Ty likes to say, “but it helps.” I’ve stopped counting how many times over the years these words have described our harebrained outings. Right then, I was trying to focus on surviving the current one. Anything that actually resembled running had stopped hours ago. The sun was shining, but…

Luke Nelson
3 min Read
The Last Darkness: Running 170 miles through the Owyhee Canyonlands

I couldn’t feel my feet. We had crossed the frigid river too many times to count, and locating a passable route along the narrow canyon floor required scrambling, crashing through willows and crisscrossing the river over and over again. We’d covered a mere six miles in three hours, and I began to think we’d bitten…

Jeff Browning
5 min Read
Do What You Love to Protect What You Love: Mile for Mile Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. ” – Edward Abbey Scale is a hard thing to get a handle on. We pour over maps to try to understand a landscape. Better yet, sometimes we get to fly over it, circling the valleys and mountains to get a real lay of the land.…

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins
6 min Read
Luke Nelson: Disaster Style on the Sierra High Route

By Luke Nelson There is something unnerving about waking up shivering. I rolled over and did a dozen or so push-ups in an attempt to get warm enough to fall back asleep. My commotion led to Cody pressing the light on his watch. “It’s almost 4 a.m.,” I mumbled. “I’ve been cold for a while,”…

Luke Nelson
6 min Read
Mile for Mile

Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.

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Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 2: The Run

How do you tell the story of 106 miles in two days in a short and concise manner? It’s nearly impossible—similar to trying to restore an ecosystem and build a national park. So many little steps, so many little stories. Our route would take us through the new Patagonia Park. Starting north in the town…

Jeff Browning
7 min Read
Lost in the Sierra Nevada During a 50K

When I lived in Chicago I ran like there was no tomorrow. Sundays had me running long steady miles, Mondays were a set up for double-down Tuesdays, and Wednesday’s leg screaming repeats on the University of Illinois’s Circle Campus track provided the week’s endorphin highlight. A friend whom I trained with told me about ultramarathon…

Craig Holloway
3 min Read
I Dream of Running

By Greta Hyland I dream of running, not figuratively but literally. In my dreams it is effortless, exhilarating. When I wake from these dreams I feel pumped and want to jump out of bed and run—there have been times at night when I have. For a while, running was a nightmare. I got tired. My…

Greta Hyland
2 min Read
Patagonia Ambassadors Run the New Patagonia Park, Part 1: Arriving

The wind gusts, blowing spray from the water lapping on the banks of Lago General Carrera. Here I stand, eyes closed, feeling the cool mist on my sunburnt cheeks. When I open my eyes it’s still there, it feels like a dream, but it’s not—Patagonia spreads out all around me. I’ve long dreamt of seeing…

Luke Nelson
7 min Read
On Innovation and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

I started selling fleece for Patagonia in 1993, and for six years I worked in Washington D.C., Bozeman and Reno in various customer service functions. I had a blast, learned a ton about product and people and made a network of friends who are as important to me as my college cohorts. During this time,…

John Wallin
6 min Read
Winter Running

From my house, at 9,800 feet elevation in the Colorado Rockies, I have to run downhill first. Above is sealed under feet of unrunnable, soft, post-holing snow. So it’s downhill, passing beneath nine avalanche slidepaths on a snow-packed road, often in a howling, pushy wind that streams old snow around in phantoms. I wear neon…

Rhonda Claridge
4 min Read
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