Tuesday, June 30, 2015


I am so very far behind with this blog. May and June have been packed with mountain runs, fun times with friends, and a great start to the new racing season. With more exciting adventures coming July and August, I will probably continue to neglect the blog (hint: multi-day, crazy terrain, and long distance runs in beautiful, remote locations ahead). Have a great summer! I hope to catch up soon, but until I make myself sit down at the computer for a while, wade through the photos, and write race reports, join me in the mountains and follow some of my daily shots on Instagram:

Saturday, June 27, 2015

high lakes run, chamonix

We were up early to return Michele to the airport, but since we were out, we decided to continue to Chamonix. It was so nice to arrive there early...parked by 7:30. We thought we might catch the start of one of the weekend's races, but after jogging a few loops through town, we decided to start our run with the vertical kilometer route up to Brévent, yesterday afternoon's race. We both enjoyed the VK route, runnable for a good section, turning tight switchbacks, and leading up to some ladders and a light scramble before arriving at Planpraz.

From there our timing was perfect to watch the winner of the Mont Blanc Cross arrive at the finish before continuing our route to Lac Cornu and Lacs Noirs.

We took a short break to sit by the mostly frozen water before continuing across to Lac Blanc.

We began our descent from Lac Blanc angling towards Argentiere and raced down, meeting l'Arve at Les Tines and following the flat river trail back to Chamonix center.

Back in town, we were caught up in the excitement of the runners and ended up watching the race podiums from the weekend. Racing would have been fun too, but our unstructured 29km, 1900m+ was fantastic (with my favorite- rocky single track)!

Friday, June 26, 2015

river relaxing

Today Michele and I walked down to the river via the various trails that indirectly lead there. We combed through stones, marveled at the dancing/stretching nudists, planked into the cold water, and found perfectly sculpted stones to recline with our legs in the water. Derek joined us for dinner on the Auberge patio for a farewell dinner. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

lac blanc

My flat-lander friend has been a real trooper to let me drag her up the mountains two days in a row. Today we made a trip to Chamonix and hiked to Lac Blanc. I want her to enjoy her trip (and come back again) so we rode the lift to Flégère and hiked to the lake from there, stunning views the entire way.

A picnic at our destination, before the return trip. And what day in Chamonix would be complete without sorbet and a quick stop at the sport shops...The town was preparing for the Marathon du Mont Blanc races this coming weekend, and I started wishing we were running, too.