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Bear 100: A Race That Wasn’t

It all started this past January at the Winter OR Show. As usual a conversation with Landon made its way from gear talk to trail talk + it become obvious this needed to be the year he ran his first 100 mile race. Obvious, I tell you...because I will always encourage people to do the things that seem just stupid enough to be fun. By the time February rolled around we had both grabbed our spot on the list of Bear 100 registrants, hours before the race sold out. We were doing this! Or, that was the plan. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Bigfoot 200 // Volunteering

I was digging through my "laundry bag" on the floor of a tiny hostel room trying to decide if I had enough dirty clothes to warrant the $5 wash/dry downstairs. My mind was telling me no...then I got to the bottom + discovered the running clothes I wore for nearly 3 days in the Washington wilderness near Mount St Helens while volunteering at the Bigfoot 200 Endurance Race. Um, yea. Laundry day it was! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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The People of the Never Summer 100K

Technically, I could tell you all about the twists, turns, up + downs of the Never Summer 100K race, but what fun would that be? If you want to experience the crazy gorgeous course...go sign up for next year! Plus, my selective memory has already kicked in + I only remember the stunning views from the peaks, not the brutal climbs we fought through to get to them. Ah, selective memory...the only reason we keep going back for me. Or is it? Maybe there is more to an ultra than just the Instagram worthy courses or bragging rights that come with a long day on the trail. Maybe - just maybe - the entire ultra craze is about more than just what the non-running world sees when they watch us beat ourselves up on rugged trails. No, really, it is. My day on the NS100K course affirmed this, again + again. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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The Mountain Loop Highway

I'm back in the van! After two weeks of hot showers, a full kitchen + easy access internet I have returned to my nomadic life in the TETON Sports #yourlead van. And...I was really excited to get back into the van. I was ready to move again. The van must have felt the urge to tone down my giddiness because it has been throwing things at me since the moment I pointed it east for the second leg of my trip. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Trails of Tahoe

A handful of weeks ago Tanya + I pointed the #yourlead van toward Lake Tahoe for a few days of trail roaming + wifi-poaching. I could explain all the little details, boring you to sleep...or I can toss a few numbers + handful of photos at you. I'm willing to be you prefer the latter anyway, so if you promise not to judge my lazy version of "recapping" enjoy the basics of our trip to Lake Tahoe! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Grand Canyon’ing // Rim-to-River-to-Rim

It has been nearly three weeks since I made the trek down into the Grand Canyon with Robb + I think it’s a safe [but embarrassing] truth when I say at least 10 of those days were spent fighting with or avoiding the DSLR camera we used. Turns out shooting photos in RAW is fantastic for the marketing + graphics guys but straight up terrible for anyone attempting to upload them anywhere, especially on a hotspot. Or, at least that’s my excuse for failing miserably at sharing my van living adventures...now, without further adieu, here’s how our little trip into the Grand Canyon went down, then back up. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Monterrey’s Mountains: Cerro de la Silla

The city of Monterrey is surrounded by mountains, lots of them. They aren't exceptionally high mountains so you won't need to worry about elevation but they are steep. Really steep + the trails don't exactly "switch back" so you're often hiking straight up the mountainside. The biggest obstacle I've had while attempting to explore the mountains down here is the complete lack of trail markings or obvious trailheads. But, through trail + error I've found a few routes up Cerro de la Silla, the iconic ridge of summits you see in a lot of Monterrey photos. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Mexico’s Mountains: La Marta

When I came down to Mexico I have very few plans...but after my visit in February I knew there were mountains so they were definitely on my agenda. After two weeks of playing in the mountains surrounding the city of Monterrey I started chatting with Daniel, one of the Lycans Endurance Team founders. It was decided...we would spend our Saturday in the mountains west of Monterrey. More specifically, La Marta [also, La Martha]. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Mexico’s Mountains: La Malinche

Oooh...it only took three days, four attempts and a whole freaking case of blue Powerade but I finally snagged a mountain summit in Mexico! It wasn't the one I had planned. Heck, it wasn't even on our agenda until we started eyeballing the mountains that were kinda sorta "on the way" back to Mexico City. I did a little weather forecasting [ahem, Googling] while Jeremy napped for a hot minute after his Pico de Orizaba summit. A few Google's later it was decided, La Malinche it was! Or Volcan Malintzin or Matlalueye...which ever name you prefer. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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Mexico’s Mountains: Pico de Orizaba

The day after our three failed attempts on Iztaccihuatl we headed further east to Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico [and 3rd highest in North America], topping out at 18,491. This beauty was originally the only mountain I planned to summit while in Mexico. I had whittled down my packing list to make room for glacier gear, borrowed ice climbing weaponry and had high hopes for an epic sunrise summit. None of that happened. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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