A 4,700-mile 6-month journey by foot, skis and packraft through Big Wilderness. As seen in the March 2011 issue of National Geographic.
The original adventure race. 180 miles in 3 days 17 hours across the Hayes Range by foot and packraft, on just 2 hours of sleep. First place.
My first trip to Alaska. 800 miles through the Kenai Mountains, Kenai Fjords, Chugach Range, and Talkeetna Mountains.
A classic ultrarun: 48 spectacular miles across the Park from the East Rim Trailhead to Lee Pass. 9 hours, 27 minutes.
Run through 1.6 billion years of geological history (twice) during this 42-mile out-and-back across the Big Ditch. 8 hours 2 minutes.
February and March, 2009
An 800-mile trek across the Colorado Plateau from Arches to Grand Canyon National Parks, firmly out-of-season.
Starts and ends in America’s highest incorporated town, Leadville, at 10,200 ft. 2nd overall; 18 hrs 17 min. Not bad for first 100 miler.
July & August 2008
A 550-mile east-to-west traverse across the entire island, plus 3 laps on the 46-mile Laugarvegurinn, Iceland’s most famous hiking trail.
A rugged 195-mile hike with over 100 miles of off-trail travel, through both idyllic sub-alpine forest and tedious talus fields.
A 3-week tour of South Africa’s best cities and natural areas, including the Drakensberg Mountains and Kruger National Park.
April to November 2007
I take the further-faster-lighter mantra to its extreme: 6,875 miles, 33 miles per day for 208 days, and an average base weight of about 6 pounds.
Is it possible to travel light-and-fast in the winter too? If so, how? The test: 385 miles in 16 days from Duluth to Ely in the teeth of winter.
Kevin and I were not interested in setting records or hiking 18 hours a day. Our goal was simply to experience Yellowstone.
July & August 2006
Longest non-solo trip to date: the entire Colorado Trail in 15 days (31 MPD average) with stud ultrarunner Krissy Moehl.
Attempt to hike about 800 miles unsupported.
June & July 2006
Testing the limits: How far? How fast? How light? Averaged 38 miles per day for 45 days, and 43 miles per day for the last 700.
Attempt to yo-yo the 270-mile Long Trail unsupported.
August 2004 to July 2005
My coming-of-age hike. Across North America from Quebec to Washington—7,775 miles in 11 months, straight through the winter.
Attempt to hike the entire 480-mile Colorado Trail unsupported in 11 days or less.
A 462-mile 16-day warm-up for the Sea-to-Sea Route, and a chance to see parts of Colorado that I had not yet explored.
First long-distance backpacking trip. Actually, my first backpacking trip. The learning curve was steep. 2,168 miles in 95 days.