Thankful Doesn’t Begin to Describe It

Every day I ask myself the same thing – how did I get so lucky?

I live in a country which I absolutely love – full of wild spaces, welcoming people, freedom and adventure.

I have a husband who supports this crazy habit of mine whole-heartedly.  To the extent that when I came back from an 8hr run through the mountains on Saturday, he had a roast ready for me cooking on the fire and cold beers in the cooler.

I have a family who loves to adventure with me.  My mom will hike literally anywhere; overnight on a mountain top, along narrow mountain ridges – it’s all game. My dog, who sometimes adventures with me, and sometimes on her own, is always ready for a mountain run.

I have an amazing body which seems to be able to keep going on forever.  It takes me up to mountain summits, across alpine meadows and along glacial tarns.  When I ask it if it wants to keep going, my body says “yes please” and pushes on.

I have an incredible group of mountain running friends who inspire me to reach higher and to never settle for the status quo.  Together Everyone Achieves More – cheesy, but true!

This past weekend I got to celebrate all these aspects on my life.

Friday – Hike with my mom up Nihahi Ridge

Breaktime for Mom and Hydro

Breaktime for Mom and Hydro

Hiking along the ridge on a very windy day

Hiking along the ridge on a very windy day

Success!!

Success!!

Hydro photobomb

Hydro photobomb

On Saturday I completed a bucket list run – the Elbow Four.  The idea for this run was originally put into my head a few years ago by my amazing mountain friend, Nicki Rehn.  The basic premise of the run is to run/hike/scramble up Mount Glasgow and then traverse across to tag Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded peak.  From Banded Peak you stumble down a steep drainage before running back to the start.  At the time I thought the only way you could possibly complete it would be on the summer solstice, travelling form dawn ’til dusk.

On Saturday Jamie and I completed it in 8hrs.  Coincidentally, it was on the solstice but thankfully we didn’t need the extra daylight 🙂

Our first view of Banded Peak as we scramble up Glasgow

Our first view of Banded Peak as we scramble up Glasgow

Cresting the wide open ridge on Cornwall

Cresting the wide open ridge on Cornwall

Glasgow in the distance

Glasgow in the distance

View of the North Fork of the Elbow.  I can't wait to visit those remote tarns!

View of the North Fork of the Elbow. I can’t wait to visit those remote tarns!

Sunday – my brother joined me on his mountain bike for my trail run.  I was seriously impressed by his ability to navigate the roots and rocks.  I think I may have found a new mountain running partner 😉

Happy Trails!

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