Why We Run: Death in the Desert

The desert is an unforgiving, remote, generally deadly part of the world infested with rattlesnakes, wild horses, wild donkey’s, jackrabbits, cactus, and other creatures that hate human beings. The environment itself tends to hate humanity, often reaching temperatures that not only boils eggs but brains, too. This is my backyard and where I run. The area I run in prohibits …

Trail Report: Phlegar Estate (Woodside Revisted)

The Phlegar estate is a couple of trails accessed from Huddart Park near Woodside, CA. Access to the park costs $6, which isn’t bad considering how much time you could spend having fun in the park. The park itself is open only to horses and hikers (trail runners), so bicycles are strictly off-limits. We only had time enough for a …

Return to Resolution

[singlepic id=550 w=320 h=240 float=right]Returning to the site of the DC6 crash, “Resolution”, is always a bit of a solemn experience. The remnants of the aircraft still remain right next to the trail, and other hikers have collected small pieces of the aircraft on a rock and left them there. On January 12, 2012, I returned along “Resolution Trail” found …

@PCTR Race: Woodside 50km Ultramarathon

On March 26, 2011, Pacific Coast Trail Runs (@pctr) hosted the Woodside Trail Run, including distances from 10km to 50km. My best friend, Nat, joined me for her first ever Ultra-marathon, and she couldn’t have picked worse weather to attempt her first 50km (31.07mile) distance. The weather in San Francisco had been raining for about a week, and on the …