Pushing Through the Highs and Lows X-Pyr Day 4 and 5

Pushing Through the Highs and Lows X-Pyr Day 4 and 5

As the dawn light of day 4 crept across the sky I struggled into action. The next turnpoint was only a few miles away and I set off down the road fueled by granola bars and hot coffee. I could tell my right leg was in trouble. My thigh was really tight and my knee hurt with each step. It was IT band pain, like shin splint pain that most people have  experienced sometime after hiking down a long steep trail but involving the larger muscles of the thigh. IT…

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I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone that donated to support my journey to the 2016 X-Pyr. I hope you enjoyed following along online and through my blog. I still have lots of cool videos, photos, and stories to share so keep an eye out here and on my social media. Coming up I will be starting a fund raising drive for the Redbull X-Alps 2017. Watch my social media for more info. In the mean time check out my awesome sponsors below who are supporting me in my…

Faster than most but far behind the leaders, X-Pyr day 2 and 3.

Faster than most but far behind the leaders, X-Pyr day 2 and 3.

None of us got much sleep the first night of the race. At the end of the first day I had started down what seemed like the most direct road towards TP 2. It was the way I had gone passing through scouting the route a couple weeks prior. When we had stopped the night before I had realized that the other pilots ahead of me had taken a parallel road that ran a little further away from the course line. I knew the road I had taken got very…

2016 X-pyr Day 1. Kind of ready, X-pyr, and GO!

2016 X-pyr Day 1. Kind of ready, X-pyr, and GO!

On the eve of the race things felt a bit surreal. I was sitting in a campground outside Hondarribia with my crew. Pavel was my official supporter who would drive our van and carry food, water, and cloths up the hill with me whenever possible. Sam was along to film and photograph as much of the race as possible. Many of the X-pyr teams were camped in the same busy campground. Some had gear spread around their vans, Maurer’s team looked bored sitting in their camp chairs. I was trying…

Ready to Race, my last couple weeks leading up to the 2016 X-pyr.

Ready to Race, my last couple weeks leading up to the 2016 X-pyr.

Well we’re getting close to race time here in Spain. My support crew has shown up and I’m riding in a van instead of walking with a pack so I’m going to try to get another blog post up. I haven’t had any spectacular long flights which is a bit disappointing but I’ve laid eyes on most of the route and I’m feeling pretty well prepared….. That was a couple days before the 2016 X-pyr when I started this post. It’s now a couple weeks since I switched out of…

Exploring the Mountains of Spain and France, getting ready for the X-pyr

Exploring the Mountains of Spain and France, getting ready for the X-pyr

Well I am 3 weeks into my travels through the Pyrenees Mountains and I’m finally taking a breather to update my blog here. It turns out it’s hard to keep up with blogging while traveling. As most of you know I’m getting ready for the X-pyr race. It’s a paragliding and hiking competition to see who  will be the fastest to hike and fly the 296 mile course zig zaging the length of Pyrenees mountains traveling only by foot or by paraglider. At www.x-pyr.com you can see the route and you…

Mt. Baker Ultra Run, a new twist on an Old Adventure Race

Mt. Baker Ultra Run, a new twist on an Old Adventure Race

On June 3rd I set out on foot with 11 other runners. We started in Bellingham WA on the beach of the ocean and made a 108 mile round trip journey to the 10,781 ft glaciated summit of Mt Baker and back. Bellingham sits in the cradle of the cascade mountains at the edge of the Salish Sea. It’s a glacier carved landscape with large volcanoes jutting out of rugged mountains. We are far from the open Pacific ocean but none the less connected by convoluted salt water passages of…

What is Paragliding? My Attempt to Put Paragliding in a Nutshell

What is Paragliding? My Attempt to Put Paragliding in a Nutshell

For me, paragliding is the most amazing way to experience the world from the air. I can carry my glider up a mountain in my back pack, lay the wing out on the ground, step into my harness and fly away into the sky. If the weather is working right I can fly for hours and hours, covering mile after mile, flirting with the clouds, skimming the tree tops. On the ground or in the air I can control the wing precisely with the steering lines, and weight shift inputs through the harness. Once in…