Cascade Frenzy

Andrew and I on Middle Sister, halfway through the traverse

Andrew and I on Middle Sister, halfway through the classic traverse

It’s been a busy three weeks of mountains in Oregon. After returning from Colorado and Pikes Peak I’ve pushed hard because a) the summer is waning fast and I’ve been itching to do these peaks and routes all year, and b) the legs could use a good tempering for my first 50k.

Aug 22: South Sister with Dan Kraft, a casual, crowd filled outing that ended in a new ascent pr 1:32. Terrific views all the way to Mt Adams and beyond. Descent past green lakes for a cool dip.

Dan Kraft headed toward Green Lakes after summiting South Sister

Dan Kraft headed toward Green Lakes after summiting South Sister

Aug 23: Newberry Crater rim trail with Dan, Claire and housemates, runners vs mountain bikers circumnavigating the caldera of Oregon’s largest shield volcano, through forest and pumice fields, followed by swimming and picnic.

Halfway around the Newberry crater trail with Claire

Halfway around the Newberry crater trail with Claire

Aug 27: Three Fingered Jack solo via PCT, giving two thru hikers a lift back the trail and encountering enough other hiker trash that 17 trail magic cokes disappeared in 3 hours.

Getting and giving back to the PCT

Getting and giving back to the PCT

Three Fingered Jack and its crumbly summit

Three Fingered Jack and its crumbly summit

Aug 31: Strawberry Mt in Eastern Oregon with Claire, a leisurely backpack through a knot of alpine mountains and high lakes at the terminus of the John Day valley, with views stretching to the Wallowas and Steens.

Claire beneath Strawberry Mtn, an eastern OR hidden gem

Claire beneath Strawberry Mtn, an eastern OR hidden gem

Sept 5: South Sister with Ryan Bak, getting after it in blustery conditions and surprising myself by setting a new FKT of 1:21 (old 1:26), which would last for one day. Fitting.

"Running" up South Sister

“Running” up South Sister

Sept 6: Mt Jefferson with Dan via the Whitewater glacier, climbing high above the fires, ice fields and crevasses to the boulder pinnacle of Oregon’s second highest peak.

Approaching the summit pinnacle on Mt Jefferson

Approaching the summit pinnacle on Mt Jefferson

Sept 9: Long run on the flagline trail after spending a breezy night on Tumalo Mt with Fox and Rocklocks. Brilliant sunrise and course recon for first 50k.

Fox capturing sunrise on Tumalo

Fox capturing sunrise on Tumalo

Sept 11: Three Sisters Traverse with Andrew Wagner, my first linkup of the Bend skyline and first time on North and Middle, a terrific full day in the mountains even when the water and food ran out and the sun set.

Andrew on Middle Sister, after successfully tackling North

Andrew on Middle Sister, after successfully tackling North

Three for three on the Sisters Traverse

Three for three on the Sisters Traverse

One week til the Flagline 50k and another US Championships.

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One thought on “Cascade Frenzy

  1. Neat to read, have to admit don’t know what FKT is? the ultra marathons are getting more and more popular, 100 k next? There was a neat race in Stockholm 2 weeks ago, island to island, 65 k worth of running and 10k of swimming! ( in water temp of 50?) winning time 8 hours something. So you’re not totally crazy! aunt ann

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