I had a last minute opportunity to pace Denise Bourassa at Western States this year. I was pretty excited to head down to Squaw and be around all the excitement again. It was a great weekend and Denise finished 8th! She impressed the heck out me with her perseverance and mental toughness. I was excited to be a part of her team and help get her to finish line in the the top ten :) Congrats Denise!
It was fun to see so many other friends/racers over the weekend too. I was able to catch up with some old friends that I haven't seen for ages! I was so proud of everyone and impressed with the efforts put out despite the heat.
|Ian Sharman, myself, and Meghan Arbogast|
|Montrail 6k Uphill Challenge. Not my best photo…..|
Credit: Ian Sharman
Thursday: Zach and I started a 4th of July tradition last year that involved a long adventure. This year was basically a repeat of last year, just in a different place. We ended up out in the mountains for 8 hours….lost for a good chunk of it. We did make it back AND managed to stay awake for fireworks!
|Middle & North Sister|
|Climbing down the back of South Sister|
|Hiking somewhere in between south and middle sister...|
|Remnants of the Pole Creek fire|
|Climbing down the backside of South Sister. A bit terrifying...|
|Running down the scree field on South Sister|
|Relaxing after the run. Happy 4th!|
Friday: Devils Lake & PCT loop. I was pretty tired, but it was a beautiful 11 mile loop nonetheless
|View from the PCT|
Saturday: South Sister via Green Lakes and Morraine Lake trails. I took Riley with me on this run. Lots of comments about a dog summiting South Sister….
|Near Morraine Lake|
|Top of South sister|
|Riley cooling off on top|
Sunday: Paulina Crater Rim Loop. 22 mile loop around Paulina and East lakes. Beautiful views!