Backcountry travel

Ras & Kathy Vaughan: Just Ordinary Human Beings

Within the progression of ultra running, Ras & Kathy Vaughan are rather unlikely activists. Ras’ first backpacking trip at age 11 ended with his Boy Scout troop being rescued by helicopter. When Ras and Kathy met in 1996 neither had any formal athletic experience, and Ras in particular was doing …

Backcountry travel

A Lexicon for Ultra: Running | Mountaineering | Hiking | Walking

Like all athletic disciplines, ultra running has its own unique vocabulary which can be off-putting at first. For starters, the term “ultra running” is a bit of a misnomer. A major misconception is that “ultra (and trail) running” involves running at all times. Yes, depending on the route, the very …

Backcountry travel

Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Essentials

The #1 ingredient to bring on every outing is Common Sense. What’s in your pack? This winter I’ve been having a grand time nordic skiing and snowshoeing at local Sno Parks in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon. I’ve made some new friends and strengthened already-established relationships through the sense …