It's midnight. You've been running since noon; 12 hours in, another 12 to go. For the first time since you started, you find yourself at a fork in the road. Right: a 1-mile detour. Left: a 40-foot cliff jump. You have 10 laps complete; 50-miles officially, but closer to 60 with the penalties. How did you end up here?
Squamish is a pretty amazing place to live. It’s also one of the best places around for trail running, with a trail network that’s second to none. Our sport is growing, but it’s still a bit on the fringe in Squamish. We have this incredible trail network because of the mountain biking crowd. They’re one of the core groups of Squamish athletes and home to some top notch trail builders. But before mountain biking, there was rock climbing.
The Stawamus Chief trail; Sea to Summit trail; Spearhead Traverse; Tantalus Traverse; Garibaldi Neve Traverse; all iconic local objectives in their own light, some usually taking days to complete. Now imagine doing some of those in mere hours. Imagine what it takes to run up the Chief in 17 minutes and 35 seconds.