Good morning trail friends. This week we’re going behind the scenes. Hilary Matheson takes us on a stunning photographic journey inside the emerging trail culture in Thailand. Jared Beasley sits down with filmmaker Nick Danielson to learn what it takes to capture a blind runner attempting an epic challenge. And NASA, Homer Simpson, and Tinder all manage to make an appearance in our newsletter. Enjoy!
I damn near lost my mind over a salted potato because I thought it was the best tasting thing in the world at mile 15. I felt the joy of a five year old running through a sprinkler when they filled my hat with ice and poured cold water down my back at mile 40. The last mile of the race, my eyes welled up thinking about how lucky I was…
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The Wonderland Trail. Simply uttering its magical name stirs visions of trail running fancy that belies the challenge of this brutal, yet beautiful 93-mile circumnavigation of Mount Rainier in Washington. A beloved hike, run, and frequent FKT pursuit–last summer Dan Berlin set out to become the first blind runner to successfully run the route.
Jared Beasley sat down with Nick Danielson, filmmaker of the upcoming Every Rock, Every Root, to learn how he captured a visual experience unseen by the hero. Not surprisingly, Nick found that being a witness to Dan’s courage deeply impacted his own approach to tackling pursuits in the face of potential failure.
?Go Pro:The North Face opened 20 new spots for athletes to receive funding, gear, education, and mentorship. In TNF’s quest to “cultivate a more inclusive outdoor community,” they are encouraging athletes from “communities that are historically excluded or marginalized to apply.”
When asked to cover the UTMB Thailand event, renowned photographer and ultrarunner Hilary Matheson had preconceived notions about what the UTMB experience might be like. Instead, she was deeply impressed by the intertwining of Thai culture, art, and local involvement all into one vert-packed event.
Hilary’s photo essay offers a compelling window into a global event executed with regional care.
?Chasing Waterfalls: More than just being “ooh-ahh” inducing, turns out there’s a neuro-chemical reason we love waterfalls. This short ode unpacks the science of electric charges and serotonin, but then revels in the sensory, emotional experience of treasure hunting waterfalls on the run.
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