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Running,  Trail Running,  Travels

The Trails of Salt Lake City

I’ve written about my trips to Outdoor Retailer before and what a magical place it is for outdoor lovers. I feel like I’m a kid in a candy store all week with all the colors and sounds and sights and things to eat and new gear to touch. I love every bit of it!

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Late-night OR antics

However, it does get a bit overwhelming. By lunch on Friday, everyone has that end-of-OR glazed-over look. So it’s equally important to me to be able to spend some time in the mountains and escape all the madness. This time around, I got to spend a good amount of time out of the city and on the trails, which was pure bliss.

So here’s the “wilder” part of OR—set high above Salt Lake in the Wasatch Mountains:

Early Tuesday morning (I’m talking 3:30 here), my friend Logan tested my sanity and fitness level by taking me on an “easier” peak run to the summit of Mount Raymond. We are constantly talking SEC smack to each other and I try to never show weakness, but I was pretty sure I’d die from lack of oxygen, falling off the mountain, or a moose attack and vocalized my impending doom. But it was worth every lung-searing step to watch the sun rise over the mountain range.

Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Magic happens while the world sleeps
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
The summit looks so close, yet so far…
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
“This way is more fun than the trail!”
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Why we have life insurance, right?
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Salt Lake City glittering below
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Queen of the mountain
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Fields of gold
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Hurdles
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Who said single track is easy? Wildflowers and bushes made it almost impossible to see your footing
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Moose bed
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B
Aspen jungle

On Saturday morning, I joined my work Twitter pals for the #hikerchat adventure hosted by Teton Sports. Our meet-ups are always one of my favorite parts of OR, because I get to meet people I talk to online and hang out with old friends. We did a short but sweet hike with killer views and a hidden waterfall, then tumbled down the mountain to eat and wrap up the show.

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Playing the “match the Twitter handle to the real live person” game
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Talking ultra running strategy with Heidi Roo
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#hikerchat brought to life
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Girls living on the edge
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Summit selfies
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Ridge walk
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Because we’re four

I had a few hours before my flight on Sunday morning, so I laced up my shoes and went off in search of a trail system that is supposedly downtown. I was so busy gawking at the gorgeous Mormon Mothership, admiring the sunrise, and avoiding the accusatory stares of everyone driving to said Mothership that I got lost in a neighborhood. But I found a baby trail in someone’s yard, which led to an even better trail than the one I had originally intended to run. Win!

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Temple Square at dawn
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Utah sure does like pretty architecture. And beehives.
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Sat down to enjoy the peace and quiet, and got a cactus in my ass
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Easy like Sunday morning
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
All this is just two short (and steep!) miles from the craziness of OR down below
Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
That single track, though

See you againin a few months, Utah! Stay pretty!

Wasatch, Mount Raymond, Outdoor Retailer, trail running, ultra running, Salt Lake City, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Mill B, #hikerchat, Teton Sports
Bye, Salt Lake City!

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