Buzz Ryan Road Winter Camping

Trip Plan: Ski pulk to Buzz Ryan Campsites in the Boulder Lake Management Area. Winter camp two nights in the hot tent and explore the area on fat skis. Date: December 20-22, 2019 GPS Data: Ski pulk 2 miles Ski 14.5 miles Ski pulk 1.8 miles Day 1 – Friday, December 20, 2019 My dream […]

Training Program March-May 2019

October 18 to March 19 Training Plan

Duluth Loops

Hike Date: February 16-17, 2019 Trail: Superior Hiking Trail, Duluth Traverse Mountain Bike Trail Trip Plan: Simulate a supported thru-hike effort but solo, by operating out of my house. Hike and run 65 miles over two days at 4 miles per hour. Day 1: Run 40 miles with several stops at home by utilizing local […]

Duluth to Two Harbors

Hike Date: November 24-25, 2018 Trail: Superior Hiking Trail Trip Plan: Travel 50 miles at goal pace of 4 miles per hour. Go out and back two days in a row on the trail section from Duluth to Two Harbors. Day 1 – Park at Fox Farm Road campsite, go out northbound for 3 hours […]

My Favorite Winter Backpacking Trips

I think it’s safe to say that winter is here in Duluth, MN and there is no turning back until the very beginning of spring. So, mid- to late-April. There are a few overnight backpacking trips that stick out to me as some of the most enjoyable times spent in the woods, period. It’s so […]

Fault Line

Hike Date: October 27-29, 2018 Trail: Superior Hiking Trail Trip Plan: Backpack in to Fault Line Creek campsite, set up for two nights. Then trail run/hike 45 miles at 4 miles per hour. Day 1 – Backpack in ~4 miles from County Road 4/Beaver Bay trailhead to Fault Line Creek campsite. Set up my tent, […]


As I walked away from the future southern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trail, the Wisconsin border, finally done with the entire trail, I felt like the walking dead. My feet hurt bad, really bad. My shoes felt so uncomfortable, like walking on concrete slabs. My backpack was drenched in sweat and grime, and I […]