Category archives for Trails

For More and More Runners, Ski Mountaineering Is Closing the Winter Fitness Gap

Why trail- and ultrarunners are spending their winters in ski boots. Just after sunset on March 20, 2016, endurance athletes Jason Schlarb, Scott Simmons, Paul Hamilton, and Noah Howell skinned to the edge of Cement Creek on the outskirts of Silverton, Colorado. They had completed all but the last two miles of their planned four-day…

A Cozy, Cool Wool Blanket That Helps Trail Conservation Groups

Woolrich has some serious roots. The company was launched in 1830—yes, that’s an 18, not 19—to supply fabric to the wives of frontiersman in what is now western Pennsylvania, and it has continued to make long-lasting, beautiful woolen products in the same location since then. Indeed, its facilities are located on the exact spot of…

First Women Complete Nolan’s 14, Colorado’s Most Demanding, Obscure Mountain Challenge

Update: We checked with Matt Mahoney, the Nolan’s 14 record keeper, on how the Nolan’s 14 finish is defined. He said: “Like any challenge, the participants make the rules. Traditionally, the clock stops on the last summit.” Yesterday, ultrarunners Missy Gosney and Anna Frost finished Nolan’s 14, meaning they climbed 14 14,000-foot peaks in succession over…

Runners See a Different Side of the Roof of Africa

Simon Mtuy knows every inch of the popular hiking routes that snake up the sides of Africa’s highest mountain. A Chagga tribesman who grew up in a small village nestled in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mtuy’s first job nearly 35 years ago was to porter equipment for international climbers aspiring to tag the peak’s…

Colorado’s Burliest Backyard Mountain Adventure Tests What’s Humanly Possible

After 15 years in obscurity, Nolan’s 14, a hundred-mile traverse of 14 14,000-foot peaks in 60 hours, emerges as a new test piece for elite mountain runners. A new film on the endeavor aims to inspire viewers to simply go for a hike. Just past dawn on September 21, 2014, Ben Clark, a professional mountain athlete and filmmaker from Telluride, Colorado,…

Louisiana: Take the Trail to Nowhere

Hike the Wild Azalea National Recreation Trail. What Is It? Central Louisiana’s Wild Azalea National Recreation Trail, located in the southwest of Alexandria, travels the length of a marathon (26.2 miles). You could hike the whole thing in a day or spend three days backpacking through this rich, biodiverse region. Even though the Bayou State…

Arizona: Hike Mount Humphreys

  Enjoy unfettered views from 12,633 feet after hiking to the top of the tallest peak in Arizona. What Is It? A moderately strenuous nine-mile round-trip hike to the apex of Arizona, a peak deemed sacred by many southwestern tribes. The Mount Humphreys Trail, located just 14.5 miles outside of Flagstaff, climbs over 3,300 feet…

Kilian Jornet Named 2014 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year

We take our selection of the Adventurers of the Year very seriously. We want to find just the right mix of people who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of adventure, whether that’s through feats of elite outdoor athleticism and exploration or giving back to the community in authentic ways. We…

Finding Solitude on Mount Fuji

The snarling, fierce gazes of mighty beasts illuminated by my headlamp light send a momentary jolt of adrenaline through my sleep-deprived body. Upon further inspection, the fearsome pair is revealed to be stone shisa statues, mythical dog-lion creatures that act as guardians from evil spirits. Here they sit, perched beneath the final tori gate high…

Trail Running Spain’s Costa Brava

By the time I reached the apex of a near-vertical rocky path, I’d been running for more than two hours. I had sweat dripping from my chin, blood oozing from my elbow and knee—courtesy of a hidden tree root—and dark thoughts crawling through my mind. (This is vacation???) And then, just like that, from one…