Sep
07
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by Barefoot TJ at 2:22 PM
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Barefoot man seen travelling through Cornwall is running 900-miles to Scotland on 'sustainability

By Cornwall Live

An environmentalist is running a 900-mile route from Land's End to John O'Grouts barefoot, in a 30-day journey he is calling the 'sustainability barefoot adventure'.

Tony Riddle, a 47-year-old dad of three (soon to be four), kicked off his run on Sunday (September 1) from Land's End, the most westerly point of mainland UK and is running to John O'Grouts, the most northerly point.

He is covering 30 miles per day for 30 days and along the way hopes to raise £30,000 for six environmental organisations that he will be meeting along the way - including Cornwall based Surfers Against Sewage.

Tony, who lives in West Hampstead, London with his wife and children,...
Aug
22
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by Tristan at 3:51 PM
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Finished the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks
By Tristan

In July this year I finished a quest that I started in the early 90's... to hike what are known as the 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.
First, a quick bit of info & history...There are a lot more than 46 official mountains in the Adirondack Park in New York State but the high peaks designation applies to those peaks over 4,000' (or originally measured over 4,000' - some have been remeasured at less but the original list from about 100 years ago still stands). They may not sound very tall compared to much taller mountains elsewhere, but realize the base elevation for most of these mountain is below 2,000', and often have lots of ups and downs on the way (so ascent is sometimes much more than just the difference between the top and bottom). And many of the trails are very rugged, especially unmaintained ones. The tallest is Mount Marcy...
Jul
12
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by Thea Gavin at 11:23 AM
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Barefoot 4th of July 10k Race Report
By Thea Gavin

What a fun race! I turned 60 a couple of weeks before, so I got to compete as the youngest (instead of oldster vs. young 50-year-olds) in my group . . . and placed 2nd in women 60-69! Woo hoo!

I also "dressed up" in my craziest red-white-and-blue running kit . . . I guess I'm old enough now not to care about looking silly?

Here's a more complete report (with some of those previously mentioned "silly" photos) on my blog:

https://theagavin.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/still-running-crazy-and-barefoot-after-all-these-years/

Happy (silly!) Trails!

Thea

Jul
12
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by Thea Gavin at 11:17 AM
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Grand Canyon backpacking report
(using three pairs of shoes + bare feet too)

By Thea Gavin

Last month, since I was already at Grand Canyon's North Rim (for a creative writing workshop I lead there every June), I decided to take a stroll down to the Colorado River and spend the night at Phantom Ranch, a fun overnight backpacking trip I'd done several times from the South Rim.

Of course I "knew" that it was 14 miles each way from the North Rim (twice as far as from the South Rim), but I was feeling good about the workshop and happy to have a few days to enjoy the canyon solitude.

Long story short: to hike 28 miles in two days, in summer heat, carrying a way-too-full backpack (a sort of "rebound" pack job in response to being very cold backpacking in May) . . . well, it was a bit of a rough go the last five (steep!) miles.

But . . . one step at a time . . . I made it, experimenting with three...