Enduring 100 miles in Badger Mountain Challenge

[I ran 100 miles in 2021 Badger Mountain Challenge, a trail/mountain running race in eastern WA, USA. Here is my personal account of the run] “The Devil whispered in my ear: ‘You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.’ I whispered back: ‘I am the storm.” The Devil joined me at around Mile 70 of... Continue Reading →

Training principles – what I have learned so far

Disclaimer: I am neither an accomplished runner nor someone who is running/training for a long time. I am only trying to document what I have learned so far about training for marathons and ultrarunning in last 2-3 years. I have a long background in mountaineering/endurance activities as a recreationist, but running is relatively new for... Continue Reading →

Backpacking to Buck Creek Pass

Backpacking up Buck Creek Pass with my kids was on my wish list for a while. I knew that it’s a gentle hike up from the trailhead offering spectacular views of Glacier peak and other mountains in the wilderness. From the pass, one can also roam in the high country for hours - sounds magical... Continue Reading →

A day on Northern Loop in Mt Rainier

Northern Loop is a wild trail in Mount Rainier National park that travels some of the most stunning and least-visited mountain landscape in one of the very-well-visited national park of USA. The trail is unique as it ventures into some of the pristine forests, craggy peaks, alpine meadows and raging water torrents - relentlessly climbing... Continue Reading →

Circumnavigation of Mt St Helens in a day

Mt St Helens is the iconic Pacific NW volcano that erupted in recent times (1980). I have climbed this mountain before but never circumnavigated it via Loowit trail, which goes all around the mountain. It's a unique trail in a unique mountain that passes through the volcanic blast zone, full of lava rocks, pumice, deep... Continue Reading →

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