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Going the Distance

Long-distance adventures worth the work

05.18.17

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  • Silver Pass lies beyond Chief Lake. At 10,900 feet, the Sierra High Route and the JMT intersect near Silver Divide.- Going the Distance
  • Breathtaking vistas along the Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail.- Going the Distance
  •  A Pacific Crest Trail blaze in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.- Going the Distance
  • PCT thru-hikers gather as smokey skies from a fire near Mount Adams set the back drop for this water break in Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington.- Going the Distance
  • Razor Point Trail at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.- Going the Distance
  • Late afternoon on the dunes at Jalama Beach.- Going the Distance
  • Tongue Point and Crescent Bay.- Going the Distance
  • Sunset over Cape Flattery.- Going the Distance
  • There are a few flat spots that are suitable for pitching a tent near the Golden Ears summit.- Going the Distance
  • Camp life near Cyclone Lake.- Going the Distance
  • The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.- Going the Distance
  • Colorado Plateau: The Fiery Furnace in Moab and its many fins, hoodoos and arches made of Glen Canyon Formation Sandstone.- Going the Distance
  • A JMT hiker enjoying the view at one of the many bridges along the Mist Trail.- Going the Distance
  • Alpine sunflower and Indian paintbrush flower in the Cirque of the Towers.- Going the Distance
  • Cirque of the Towers.- Going the Distance
  • Cirque of the Towers waterfall.- Going the Distance
  • Access to the Chicago Basin from Needleton begins via a bridge over the Animas River to the Needle Creek Trailhead.- Going the Distance
  • The Needle Creek Trail traverses into the Weminuche Wilderness.- Going the Distance
  • Bixby Bridge is a great place to hang out at night, too!- Going the Distance
  • Quaking aspen grove along the Wasatch Crest.- Going the Distance
  • Sunset on the Scenic Drive, Capitol Reef.- Going the Distance
  • A typical campsite in the Chicago Basin.- Going the Distance
  • Rubicon Trail.- Going the Distance
  • Lakeside views from the Rubicon Trail.- Going the Distance
  • View from the Kalalau Trail.- Going the Distance
  • View to the Napali Coast from near Ke'e Beach.- Going the Distance
  • A section of the muddy trail.- Going the Distance
  • The Rubicon Trail follows the shoreline of Emerald Bay.- Going the Distance
  • The Marching Men formations in Arches National Park.- Going the Distance
  • An easily achieved vantage point in Zion National Park.- Going the Distance
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While some people prefer a short jog or walk in the park, there’s no denying that endurance sports, especially endurance adventures, are some of the most addictive activities out there. Whether you crave the solitude of getting way out there, the slow and steady burn in your muscles, or, most likely, a combination of these two, there’s no better time than the present to get into long-distance endurance activities.

The great thing about these long distance efforts is that they allow you to nourish the body while clearing your head. There’s nothing quite as restorative as getting to meditate while being active. Even long road trips that leave you sitting in place for hours will leave you alone with your thoughts and let you really think over something that has been on your mind.

So what are you waiting for? Try out these fun activities that are worth the extra effort, time or commitment.

Thru-hikes

Cycling/ Bike Packing

  • Seattle to San Francisco
  • Colorado 14ers Loop
  • Arizona’s Craters and Cinder Cones Loop
  • The Kenai 250, Alaska

Backpacking

Road Trips

Trail Runs

  • Rubicon Trail, CA
  • Bridger Ridge Run, MT
  • Moab Trail Run, UT
  • Grand Canyon Ridge Run, AZ
  • Long Canyon, AZ
  • 9 Trails, CA
  • Leadville, CA
  • Kalalau Trail, HI
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