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The Western States 100 is an ultramarathon that takes place in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The race starts in Squaw Valley and finishes at Placer High School in Auburn 100 miles later after 18,090ft of elevation gain. The Western States 100 is one of the oldest ultramarathons being run, having been started in 1974. In… Read More

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One of the first questions I asked when I found out I was going to be a father, was “How am I going to hike?”. After doing some research, Julia came across the Ergobaby carrier, which was well reviewed and one of the most popular baby carriers on the market. There are a few models of… Read More

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The Hoka Speed Instinct was at the very top of my “10 More Exciting Lightweight Hiking Shoes for 2016” from last month. The Speed Instinct is finally available and I’m excited to share my first impressions. Hoka has been growing each and every year in popularity since their max-cushioned trainers debuted a few years ago. I’ve… Read More

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This weekend, Julia and I took Owen on his very first road trip, to Yosemite National Park. Being first time parents with an infant, we’ve been really careful since his birth, but decided it was time to get out and show him some of the world. The drive up to Yosemite was rather uneventful. He’s been… Read More

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Altra is one of the fastest growing companies in the trail running market segment. I can remember a few years ago when they released their first trail shoe, the Lone Peak. It was a remarkable shoe in that it offered a zero drop platform, a foot shaped toe box, and ample cushioning underfoot. In the… Read More

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When Salomon released the SLAB Wings last year, many wondered if they had done away with the SLAB Wings sequential numbering nomenclature or hit the reset button to move it back to zero. Well, it looks like we have the answer with the new release of the SLAB Wings 8, picking up from the Wings… Read More

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The Nike Wildhorse 3 has been my favorite trail shoe this year by a long shot. I purchased my first pair in September of 2015, and am now on my fourth pair. I put over 400 hiking miles on pair number one, and have logged over 100 trail running miles on pair number two. When… Read More

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This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park Service here in the United States. I’m lucky to have access to nine National Parks here in California, but love getting out of the state to visit other National Parks. Utah has 5 of the most spectacular National Parks in our nation, with Zion, Bryce… Read More

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It’s been about a year since I created the current logo for Trail to Peak. When I launched Trail to Peak in 2014, I started with just a quick logo I created in about 10 minutes on Photoshop with some clip art. I never really expected my blog to grow or turn into much, but… Read More

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