Trailstoke ~60km Ultra

An awesome roadtrip to Revelstoke, BC this past weekend to race in the Trailstoke 60km Ultra, “A true mountain race”. And by that they meant a buttload of steep climbing and descending, off-trail travel above treeline and getting hammered by rain and wind all the while. It seems the course was modified at the last minute, maybe to reduce the amount of running at higher elevation because it was so stormy. In the end, I pushed myself incredibly hard, spent very little time at aid stations and covered — whatever the distance ultimately was — much faster than expected. I came in 19th place, 15th in my division, learnt a lot about racing, and was wholly inspired by race organizers, volunteers and racers this weekend.

Trailstoke ~60km Ultra

Mount Robson 60K

If anything could prepare my eyes for the scenery I’ll see running around Mont Blanc in The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc CCC next month, it might be this: A 60km out-and-back tour of Mount Robson to peep the Rockies’ tallest peak firsthand.

What was intended to be an “analogue run” two weeks prior to Trailstoke 60K Ultra in Revelstoke turned into a glorious day of warm sun and cool breeze; more roaring waterfalls than I can count on one hand; neon blue tarns with creaking glaciers flowing into them; buttery subalpine singletrack; chossy, exposed ledge running and sprinting up lateral moraines like some dude in a North Face ad; a little hands-on-knees grunting; about three litres of unfiltered mountain water and a near-miss with momma bear and cub. Just another day running around in the Rockies half-clothed ๐Ÿ™‚

Splits:
0:31 Kinney Lake
2:45 Berg Lake
5:01 Snowbird Pass
7:57 Berg Lake
9:38 Kinney Lake
10:23 Berg Lake Trailhead

59.85km | 2400m vertical | 10.5 hrs

Peep the GPS data for this trip here.

Mount Robson 60K