Monday, November 14, 2011

The Canmore trails are still in great shape

The trails are still in great shape for
running throughout much of the Bow
Valley. The Highline trail this morning was a blast. A bit more snow up high and the snow shoes will be out.

Only one more race this year for me in California at The North Face Endurance 50miler, so I am trying to keep the mileage up. Fortunately the weather is cooperating as I enter my taper period.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Up the Gap

Running up the rough road to Whiteman's Gap from downtown Canmore is maybe not the most enticing sounding of runs, but it's one of my regular runs for a few reasons. The grade is perfect, never too steep, and I can keep a steady pace all the way to the top. The views are great - both down towards Canmore and further up to the peaks along the Spray, and a good up close look at EEOR and Ha Ling. And lastly there is a good choice of descents - a high speed roll back the way you came, a technical single track descent down the Reclaimer, down by the climbing crags of Grassi lakes, and finally from Grassi, under the big pipe and down Riders of Rohan towards the High Line West connector. All are well worth the effort.

The climb can be dusty with traffic in the summer, but this time of year is about perfect! Enjoy the pics.