The Hardrock Diaries: kissing the stone

Via his Trail Run Mag blog, many of you followed Kiwi Grant Guises’ second journey to ‘kiss the rock’ at the Hardrock Endurance 100 Mile Run in Colorado, US. We know he finishes and puckered up after 100 gruelling miles, but how did the journey go down? Here’s his post-event take… (IMAGES: Clark Fox) My final week or so pre Hardrock was ticking along smoothly. I migrated south from Leadville to the San Juan’s and quickly started to meet up with old…

The Simple Life: Hardrock Diaries #4

Barely a week before the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run, Kiwi Grant Guise is settling in to the simple van life nudging the nose of his mobile home higher into the mountains to acclimatise for what is ahead… I awake in a confused haze to the sound of car doors slamming and talking… “WTF?!” It’s daylight out and clearly I have slept in, but looking at my watch another “WTF” slowly passes through my barely functioning brain. It’s just past 5am. I…

Hitting the Rock – The Hardrock Diaries #3

The reality of the ‘Rock is about to hit home for kiwi Grant Guise, who has landed in Colorado and spending some time in the, ahem, ‘hill’ that make up the backbone of his Hardrock 100 Endurance Run challenge that lays ahead…   Unsurprisingly, my excitement was outweighed by my sadness and anxiety of leaving Jane and the kids for a month. It is an odd feeling – getting picked two years in a row for the Hardrock 100mile Endurance…

The Hardrock Diaries – scare on scree

Kiwi Grant Guise has been using the mountains of Wanaka as a training ground for what he faces at Hardrock in coming weeks… his training regime is gruelling by any measure, but with a flight to States and the realities of Colorado hitting home, he ruminates on the past few weeks’ preparation which had its scares. My “Camp Hardrock” is done and dusted, and I am licking my wounds… I said in my first post about how my 200km “crash…

Excuse me: Ultra Trail Ambition goes south

Dear Diary, this year I had a miserable run at Ultra-Trail Australia. Some days you have a great race, some days you don’t. 2017’s UTA was a poor one. I guess it happens? So what went wrong and what can I learn from it? Endurance sports are, at least at the amateur level, perhaps the most incredibly arbitrary of all sports. Dictionary.com defines arbitrary as “subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion.” I can…

Have shoes, will travel: multiday trail events

TRM’s Associate Editor, Tegyn Angel casts his eye to the bloom of multi day trail running events that spring up in exotic locations, with only a thin veneer of ‘competition’ but a thick layering of adventure.  IMAGES: courtesy of events When my teenage self learned that people paid, and were paid, to go on guided hikes into incredible places like Everest Basecamp and Macchu Picchu, I couldn’t believe my ears. What a rort! How do I find some silly bugger…

MANASLU MAGIC

Majell Backhausen previews an event that promises to change the lives of not just westerners who take up the seven-day challenge, but also the lives of a few Nepali locals… It’s already April. The year is passing by quicker than it did last year and funnily enough, quicker than the year before that, too. There has already been a few “where does the time go, how will I get through another week at this pace?” fretful moments. If the sentiment…

Trials by Miles doco freeview released

Adventure runner Beau Miles has released his trail running film, Trials by Miles, on You Tube for free viewing. Here he looks back at the adventure he documented… It was five years ago that I ran, ah, shuffled across the Australian Alps Walking Track. So here I sit, thinking about that wet-dry-dusty-snaky trail in what was seemingly one-long-day, yonks ago. Setting off from Tharwa ACT at 6:45am on day one and drinking Moet in the Walhalla rotunda 13 days-10 hours…

Trail Run Mag launches print quarterly

In a bid to become Australia’s first print magazine dedicated to the trail running lifestyle, Trail Run Mag (AU/NZ) has launched a Pozible fundraising campaign to encourage runners to become subscribers and help the magazine transform from digital entity to flesh and blood quarterly magazine. Readers can subscribe initially via the Pozible campaign HERE. **The special offer subscription period will only be available until October 24**  In taking up the inaugural quarterly print offer they will have the opportunity to take up a…

Q&A: plant power and the Pyrenees

Victorian adventure athlete and dedicated vegan, Jan Saunders, was looking to become the first Australian to run 866km through the French Pyrenees in an inaugural endurance event, the TransPyrenea challenge which began on 19th July. She’s still out there, competing  but facing tougher conditions than imagined, she is now in the La Pastoral edition, an abridged section of the full course, that is still brutal at 450km+ This is an interview with Jan before she headed out, as seen in the latest edition of Trail Run Mag downloaded…

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