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Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

August 13, 2009

The Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic could be considered “the original adventure race.” It was first held in 1982, seven years before the first Raid Gauloises, thirteen years before the first Eco-Challenge, and twenty years before the first Primal Quest. I’ll add that the Classic could also be considered the only “real” adventure race – today’s most well-known races are really just a prescribed sequence of outdoor sports – and burdensome rules, substantial mandatory gear lists, aid stations and support crews, and numerous checkpoints neutralize much of the “adventure” from these television-oriented events.

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Encore: Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

March 25, 2009

In mid-February I started an 800-mile trek from Arches National Park to the western boundary of Grand Canyon National Park. I finished a day earlier than I anticipated, on Tuesday March 17th, and could think of few better things to do with an extra day at the Grand Canyon than running Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim, a classic 42-mile ultra run. (For more info on running RRR, I’d encourage you to read the article I wrote for BackpackingLight.com about it.)   (more…)