Almost everyone in this town is tired of snow and daydreaming about dirt, warm weather, and exciting summer adventures. These adventures are what is on the mind of your DPMR board members!
Chris Cloyd: “I’d like to take 3 days to travel a high route from Silver Lake to Yosemite Valley, tagging summits along the way. The first half of the route follows the SE boundary of the park from Rodgers to Triple Divide, then climbs Merced Peak before heading north to traverse the Clark Range. I then want to descend the Merced drainage all the way to the Valley. Then YARTS home! I think it would be super neat to stand on Merced Peak, look down the glacier and watercourse toward Upper Merced Lake, then trace the water route all the way down to Yosemite Valley. It’ll be fun to [do] King’s first ascent route from 1866 on the SE Arete [of Mt Clark] to finish my linkup before descending back to the Valley. Time and legs allowing I may add a trip to Half Dome – seems like a cool way to put a bow on the outing after spending 2+ days in the high country of the park before following the conga line back down to Happy Isles.” https://caltopo.com/m/N5QKA
Aude Hofleitner: “Gosh… not sure if that counts as neither big nor audacious but my primary goal is to run healthy!! I still think it may resonate with others… [My achilles injury has] been a bit of a roller coaster that has been testing my patience but looking for the long term view of a healthy summer has helped!”
Angela Stark: “Connect more with the Truckee/Tahoe running community and to volunteer at as many events as possible!”
Renee Elsdon Jacobs: “It took me about 6 months to fully recover from my two attempts at the Wind River High Route FKT last summer… Muscles and bones were fine, but all the other systems were obviously trashed. I struggled with depression, weight gain, and a lot of dysfunction in my organs and glands. I couldn’t help but wonder whether such intense goals were really serving me. I decided that this year I would take a step back and focus on family and training to be as healthy as possible! I read Stacy Sims new book, “The Next Level,” which inspired me to learn how to ‘lift heavy sh*t’ and train for health, not crazy objectives that might shorten life span. The Huberman Lab and The Peter Attia Drive Podcasts are both great resources on that front. So this year, my primary objective is hiking the entire John Muir Trail (JMT) with my 5-year-old son! We have permits to start on July 20th. I am hoping to also get out for personal adventures in the mountains after we finish the JMT, but they will be chosen to optimize fun, like running the Rae Lakes Loop or Cactus to Clouds.”
Jack Macy: “This year I want to enjoy myself and keep my feet feeling good (enough) to do the things I want to do. There are two things that I’m most excited about this year. The first is a race I’m doing on July 1st while on vacation in Spain this summer. It’s a big mountain 62k with about 14k vert in the Pyrenees. Excited to explore a new area (Vall de Boi), experience a different trail/mountain culture, and test myself on a very robust course. My goal is to finish feeling good, ideally doing well within my age group. The other is another Eastern Sierra multi-day fastpack adventure in Aug/Sept. Working on possible route options for that this winter & spring, so location still TBD … but all of them look incredible on the map!”
Diane Frederic: “Here’s also to a goal of maintaining good health and running injury-free. I have a few races on the schedule but given the weather and lack of snow-free trail training until well, who knows, those might have to be reconsidered. What I am excited about however, is discovering a whole bunch of new-to-me trails down on the east side of the Sierras thanks to a guidebook gifted to me (thanks Helen Pelster!) titled “Sierra Trail Runs: A Guide to the Eastside”. It’s been a great distraction while all the snow has been falling this winter to read and plot some summer adventure runs!”