June 24, 2022 – Next/ASAP BBBC events 

With the summer heating up, and my endurance fitness ramping up (although I never feel like it’s enough!) I was looking at the events of the BBBC and honestly feeling a bit intimidated! To say the least, I was a bit stressed about completing the events. I felt like I’d bit off more than I could […]

Miami, Arizona, and Texas 

I purposefully put in significant effort the previous week, because I knew I had some travels coming up and wouldn’t be able to put in the training I needed. I also knew that it would be helpful to rest a bit.   I travelled to Miami, Florida, for the Formula 1 races with some friends, coworkers, […]

Saturday, September 3, 2022: Park City Point to Point Race 

I was planning on doing the Park City Point to Point route, but not necessarily participating in the race, for the fifth Big Belt Buckle Challenge event. However, I could not figure out how to download the route, so I participated in the race the day of. I was able to get a spot and decided to […]

Monday, August 1, 2022: Grand Teton Summit Attempt, Round 2 

We had a 3:00 a.m. start time. It was a four-hour hike to the lower saddle, plus another three hours to summit the Grand via the Upper Exum route, Golden Staircase, and Wall Street.    We summitted at 10 a.m. I had wanted to climb this mountain since the first time I saw it 16+ years […]

July 3, 2022: Climbing the Grand Teton in Jackson, Wyoming 

We woke up at 2:45 a.m. and arrived at the Grand Teton trailhead at 4:00 a.m. sharp to start the hike. It is a long one. I am not a huge planner; I go with a trail and a basic idea of the route, approach, and direction, etc., and just plan to grind it out! I thought […]

Big Cottonwood Canyon: Touring and Skiing in the Wasatch Backcountry

In order to complete the upcoming BIG mountains on the BBBC—Whitney and Shasta—I needed some more training, specifically skinning at elevation. Snow conditions were pretty solid at elevation in the Wasatch, and we were able to get out in Big Cottonwood Canyon on March 21. Living in the Salt Lake City area, we are all extremely fortunate […]


By mid-February, I was feeling OK enough to do a van trip to a world-class and world-famous mountain biking mecca—Moab, Utah—for four days of mountain biking with a great friend. We got out for four hours a day on the bike. The miles were not fast or huge, but they were great! That place is well deserving of […]