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The view north from Tablelands. The  South Fork of the Kings River runs right to left through the center of the photo, out of view deep in a canyon. On the skyline can be seen the Palisades (right side) and Black Divide (left side).

Kings Canyon High Basin Route

Summers 2013, 2014, and 2015 || Short is the new long! 124 miles around the upper watershed of the Kings River in California’s High Sierra. 84 miles off off-trail travel, a high point of 12,434 feet, and no road crossings.

Walking north atop the Continental Divide north of Europe Peak

Wind River High Route

Summers 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015 || A 95-mile world-class backpacking with 65 miles of off-trail travel, two 13,000-foot summits, nine alpine passes, and no road crossings.

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Alaska-Yukon Expedition

March-September 2010 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.

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Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic

July 2009 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.

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Alaska Four-Range

June-July 2009 My first trip to Alaska. 800 miles through the Kenai Mountains, Kenai Fjords, Chugach Range, and Talkeetna Mountains.

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Zion National Park Traverse

May 2009 A classic ultrarun: 48 spectacular miles across the Park from the East Rim Trailhead to Lee Pass. 9 hours, 27 minutes.

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Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim

March 2009 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.

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Hayduke Trail & Grand Canyon Traverse

February and March, 2009 An 800-mile trek across the Colorado Plateau from Arches to Grand Canyon National Parks, firmly out-of-season.

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Leadville Trail 100

August 2008 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.

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Iceland Traverse & Laugavegur

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.

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Sierra High Route

July 2008 A rugged 195-mile hike with over 100 miles of off-trail travel, through both idyllic sub-alpine forest and tedious talus fields.

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South Africa

May 2008 A 3-week tour of South Africa’s best cities and natural areas, including the Drakensberg Mountains and Kruger National Park.

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Great Western Loop

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.

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Ultralight in the Nation’s Icebox

January 2007 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.

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Yellowstone National Park Circumnavigation

September 2006 Kevin and I were not interested in setting records or hiking 18 hours a day. Our goal was simply to experience Yellowstone.

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Colorado Trail 2006

July & August 2006 Longest non-solo trip to date: the entire Colorado Trail in 15 days (31 MPD average) with stud ultrarunner Krissy Moehl.

How Far? How Fast? Challenge

Fall 2006 Attempt to hike about 800 miles unsupported.

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Pacific Crest Trail – California

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.

Long Trail Yo-Yo Unsupported Attempt

September 2006 Attempt to yo-yo the 270-mile Long Trail unsupported.

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Sea-to-Sea Route

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.

Colorado Trail – Unsupported Attempt

August 2006 Attempt to hike the entire 480-mile Colorado Trail unsupported in 11 days or less.

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Colorado Trail 2004

June 2004 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.

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Appalachian Trail

Summer 2002 First long-distance backpacking trip. Actually, my first backpacking trip. The learning curve was steep. 2,168 miles in 95 days.