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Vancouver 100km Baden Powell Trail

Vancouver 100km Start

Vancouver (BC) 100km “Fat Ass” is an epic out and back trail run on the Baden Powell Trail. I had no idea how hard it was going to be even though it claims to be the “toughest 100km around!” This run does not disappoint. If you are from the PNW and you are training for TdG or  UTMB this is where you will want to spend your training days.

I asked my friend, Jackie, to run it with me since she has completed it three or four times. She wasn’t too stoked but she rocks and did it with me anyhow!  As mentioned above, this run is a “Fat Ass” run meaning there are no course markings, no aid stations, no whining, no prizes, and no official timing. Therefore, you either run with a map which takes twice as long or you find someone who knows the route. Besides navigation you have to have really good friends or an awesome husband to dedicate their Saturday to support you and luckily we had both. Chloe is amazing, she was crewing others but was happy to help crew us, too. Dave also crewed and met us at a couple spots. There are some water spots along the route but because it takes 16 to 18 hours to run the 100km it is super helpful to have someone met you with water and food. It would be tough to do this run self-supported. (Doable, but tough and preferably without temps in the 80’s to 90’s).

The trail is hard to describe if you have never been to the North Shore. The trail traverses the Greater Vancouver’s North Shore region. It offers everything from gnarly roots to a plethora of wooden stairs to steep ascents/descents and a mass boulder field. My Suunto Ambit clocked in 18,247 vertical gain and 61.9 miles. I think the vertical gain on my watch was a bit exaggerated; I’m told the route is roughly 16k+ vertical gain. Regardless, there is a ton of climbing which results in a lot of hiking. The trails are so technical making it extra challenging to navigate at night. I dream of having trails like that in Seattle. The only thing that comes close is Teneriffe (the front steep side) and the old Mailbox trail.  I’m jealous my Vancouver friends have these bad ass trails to train on year round.

Eagle Bluffs

Eagle Bluffs

Jackie and I finished in 18 hours and 37 minutes



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The Best of 2015

Hannegan Pass, Aasgard Pass to Snow Lake, Devil’s Dome & Northern Loop Mt. Rainier.

Hannegan Pass / Cooper Ridge

September 12th, 2015.

27 miles / 9k vertical gain / 7 hours

Located in the North Cascades Mt. Baker area

We did an out and back versus a loop because the weather was so stunning we wanted to stay high.


Mt. Baker, Mt. Ruth and Mt. Shuskan – a view from Hannegan Peak. North Cascades.

At the summit, the views are endless! 360 degree views of Cascade peaks, including Goat Mountain, the High Divide, and the Nooksack Ridge to the west. To the north are the peaks of British Columbia and the Silesia Creek valley, and to the east, Copper Ridge and Mount Redoubt in the distance. However, the most impressive are with in-your-face vistas of Mount Baker, Ruth Mountain, and Mount Shuksan, the East Nooksack Glacier and the Nooksack Tower.



A view from Hannegan pass looking east.


Aasgard Pass to Snow Lake 

July 11th, 2015

20 miles / 5k gain / 7 hours

Located outside of Leavenworth, Washington.



Guaranteed to spot a sheep




Devil’s Dome Loop


44 miles with 12k vertical gain and about 14 hours.

Located off Hwy 20 – North Cascades Highway


We did the loop counterclockwise.



Scree field

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Northern Loop @ Mt. Rainier

July 10th, 2015

We started the hike at Sunrise Parking Lot.

20150710_09110636 miles and a bit over 10k vertical gain

It took us roughly 11 hours


We met a Ranger working hard. His job is to take out old toilets and replace them with new ones.


George and Van crossing the river


The meadows were breathtaking

Although it was a tad cloudy, it was still a beautiful day on the trails. 


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Issy Alps 100

100 Mile Issy Alps

4th of July – Issy Alps 100 miler start

Issy Alps 100 connects the local peaks off the I-90 corridor. The peaks include: Mailbox, Teneriffe, Mt. Si, Little Si, Rattlesnake, Tiger, Squak and Cougar Mountain. The total elevation gain is around 29,000+ and a total of 107 miles.

We started at 6am July 4th and finished 36 hours later. We were totally supported (with food and water) by our amazing friends and family. The weather was perfect, the company entertaining, and an overall great day running through our local mountains.

Summit 1 - Mailbox Peak

Summit 1 – Mailbox Peak

Legs for the stinging nettles

Legs for the stinging nettles

Summit 2 - Teneriffe

Summit 2 – Teneriffe

Summit 3 - Mt. Si

Summit 3 – Mt. Si

Summit 4 - Little Si

Summit 4 – Little Si

Summit 5 - Rattlesnake

Summit 5 – Rattlesnake

Summit 7 - East Tiger. We are missing Summit 6 on Rattlesnake, not sure what happen to that photo.

Summit 7 – East Tiger.
Missing the picture for Summit 6 on Rattlesnake.


Summit 8 -Tiger 3


Summit 9 -Tiger 2


Summit 10 – Tiger 1


Summit 11 – Cougar Mountain

The Finish - 107.2 miles in 36:02 hours - FKT

The Finish – 107.2 miles in 36:02 hours – FKT

Finished!  Great company and all the trails are within miles of my house.

Finished! Woohoo – an awesome 36 hours all within miles of my house. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.

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8 Things Experts Won’t Eat.

(Modified from Prevention Magazine, Dec 2, 2011 tp:// )

1. This Nutritionist Won’t Eat: Conventional or Organic Poultry*
2. The Endocrinologist Won’t Eat: Canned Tomatoes
3. The Farmer Won’t Eat: Corn-Fed Beef
4. The Toxicologist Won’t Eat: Microwave Popcorn
5. The Farm Director Won’t Eat: Nonorganic Potatoes
6. The Fisheries Expert Won’t Eat: Farmed Salmon
7. The Cancer Researcher Won’t Drink:Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones
8. The Organic-Foods Expert Won’t Eat: Conventional Apples

*As a nutritionist,  poultry is a hard one for me to swallow. Unless I know the chicken is pastured raised from a local farm, I have a difficult time eating it. My mind wonders and I visualize chickens living in densely overpopulated confinement house with their beaks amputated, standing in their own droppings.  Not to mention conventional chickens being injected with antibiotics and hormones. This is not a visual image I want when I am eating a meal. Even “organic” chicken are not necessarily treated humanely; see comment below from Salatin.

A quote from Salatin, You Can Farm; Pastured Poultry Profits; and Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal *According to Salatin, “a broiler [meat chicken] can be fed certified organic feed in a confinement house, without fresh air and sunshine, without green salads, trucked for hours to a processing plant that electrocutes the bird and spills feces all over the carcass during evisceration, and be labeled ‘certified organic.’ In animal production, organic describes primarily diet, and everything else is either not mentioned at all or is secondary.”


2-8 are from an insightful article written by Prevention Magazine on Dec 2, 2011 )

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How to keep your stress levels under control!

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Eat local and in-season!

Why purchase fruits and vegetables that are local and in-season?

  1. Freshness
  2. Taste– definitely more flavorful
  3. Nutrition- Higher nutritional value
  4. Variety- eat what is in season and you will instantly have more variety
  5. Supports local farmers and local economy
  6. Environmentally friendly
  7. Cost (There are many hidden cost in conventionally grown food. Examples: the cost of illness due to pesticides and the cost of clean-up efforts for polluted waterways, rivers, and lakes from contaminates used on some conventionally grown foods.)

Have you ever wondered how it is possible for apples to be available year round when their harvest season is from August-Oct/Nov? There are two reasons: the apples are shipped from the southern hemisphere or the apples come out of a warehouse where they are stored. Apples can be stored for up to 10 months before they arrive at the grocery store.  If you purchase a Washington grown Gala apple in March that apple has sat in the warehouse for about 5 months.

It is up to the consumer to weigh the pros and cons of eating an apple that was picked 30 days ago and shipped from New Zealand, eating a local out of season apple that has sat in a warehouse for five months, or waiting tis the season for the apple! You? What is your preference?

Most grocery stores label their produce by country or by state; try to pick fruits and vegetables that are close to home.  Produce that has travelled long distances is picked way too early and is in transit for a long time before it arrives at your local grocer.

To learn more about eating locally and in-season here is a great link, Puget Sound Fresh. Learning to eat locally and in-season is not only fun but it makes you mindful and appreciative of your food. You will naturally become more conscious of the great taste of fruits and vegetables.

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Apples most contaminated with pesticides (EWG)

EWG has named the 2011 Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15!  Apples rank #1 in the “dirty dozen” category followed by celery and strawberries and onion rank #1 in the “clean 15” followed by sweet corn and pineapple.  For a full list of the 2011 “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean 15” visit



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