Multi-City Film Premier – Kissing The Rock

Matt Trappe’s World Premier of his running film, Kissing the Rock is kicking off in BOULDER COLORADO!  Join us for drinks and light snacks while you watch this inspiring film followed by a Q and A with Matt and some local Hardrock competitors. Watch the Trailer Now!

FILM TOUR SCHEDULE

KissingtheRock

The hardrock miners of Colorado experienced adversity on another level through the hardships they faced in the San Juan Mountains. When the mines closed and the jobs dried up the town of Silverton was in search of a new identity.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run epitomizes the community aspect of mountain running perhaps due to the grueling nature of the course and the adversity the runners face. The mentality of everyone vs. the mountain exists especially at Hardrock. Friends and runners gather each July in Silverton and a town is reborn.

A production by Matt Trappe Photo & Film
In association with Louder than 11
Edited by Matt Trappe Louder than 11
Additional Editing by Jess Carfield
Score by Fizzix Productions
Post Produced by Louder than 11
Produced and Directed by Matt Trappe

Film made possible with support from Ultimate Direction, Hoka One One, Clif Bar, Feetures! and Competitor Magazine.

Power of Four Skimo Race — 2016

Photo: Myke Hermsmeyer / @mykehphoto / mykejh.com

Photo: Myke Hermsmeyer / @mykehphoto / mykejh.com

Well, that was worthwhile.

It’s not like I’m realizing anything ground-breaking here—in fact, mountain and ultrarunners crossing over to skimo in the winter months is treading perilously close to the tipping point of being cliche—but holy shit, what an absolutely fantastic sport! If you like moving quickly and efficiently* in the mountains, this style and format of activity is the only one that makes sense in the winter.  *(I prefer the “efficiently” adverb, because I believe it is one’s mindset and intent—not absolute velocity—that positively or negatively shapes the experience.)

Of course, the Euros have known this for a long time; they have a deep, intense pool of athletes over there who have been going at this for decades. Backcountry skiing or alpine touring in general is certainly nothing new here in the States, but it is definitely a growing sector, and with big advances in lightweight gear, runners (and others) with a bent for the mountains are increasingly being attracted to the sport’s extreme light-n-fast sector—skimo racing. So it shouldn’t come as much surprise that Ultimate Direction is making the logical cross-over, too. Garment-like hydration vests/packs with front carrying capacity have become the norm in running; why not apply the same design principles to skimo-specific packs? I’ve certainly been enjoying testing the new products.

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Get To Know The UD Chicks, Class of 2016!

It’s 2016 which means we have new pairs of speedy legs to add to our team. At Ultimate Direction we look for athletes that exude the UD lifestyle, have outstanding personalities, and who of course love the product!

Our new cast and crew includes: Krissy Moehl, Nikki Kimball, Ashley Erba, Jessie Young, Devon Yanko, Kristina Pattison, and Hillary Allen.

Krissy Moehl is a veteran in the ultra scene, running her first ultra back in 1999. Since then she has raced over 100 ultras (winning 55) and has just penned her first book: Running Your First Ultra.

Krissy Moehl

Krissy Moehl

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Run. Laugh. Celebrate. That’s Zooma.

Ladies need a motivator or excuse to travel & run? Check out the Zooma Race Series and go on a race-cation!

Zooma Women's Running Races

Zooma Women’s Running Races

“Run by Women” ZOOMA is unique among other women’s races in that it is literally “run by women” (pun intended!)  ZOOMA’s Founder and Executive Director is a woman, mother, and runner, and the staff are all women.  Our primary goal is to execute events that cater to the real needs and wants of women runners.  – See more at: Zooma Run.

Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move – encouraging fellow runners, creating unforgettable moments, and celebrating personal running triumphs.  Picture an inspiring weekend filled with “mocktail” parties, yoga sessions, an exciting expo, and celebrations in an unforgettable resort location.  This is ZOOMA Women’s Race Series.

Mission: To inspire women to live healthy, happy, & active lives.

Boutique events in awe-inspiring destinations with a “fit girls weekend” schedule of activities. The inaugural event held in Annapolis, MD on June 1, 2008 attracted over 1,600 runners 2016 events held in Annapolis, MD, Amelia Island, FL, and Cape Cod (Falmouth), MA! Today you can find several race options all over the country and you can stay in touch virtually year round.

Zooma race calendarGrab your girlfriends (and maybe a TuTu) and plan a race weekend of health & fun. Currently – we (Ultimate Direction) are hosting an Instagram takeover – pop over to their page and follow the action – https://www.instagram.com/zoomarun/  We want to see your trail flare, lucky charms or any sort of race gear you can’t live with out. Tag your photos #ZOOMAStyle for a chance to win a UD Jenny Ultra Vesta.

Tag your race day flare with #ZoomaStyle for a chance to win UD gear!

Tag your race day flare with #ZoomaStyle for a chance to win UD gear!

 

East Portal to Winter Park and Back

Last month I was out at dinner with some friends when my friend Roch started talking about his hope to one day ski the length of the John Muir Trail. The JMT—the classic 200+ mile route through the High Sierra from Mt Whitney to Yosemite Valley—is an extremely popular summer hike, but Roch figured it had only been skied a couple of times. This conversation was quite inspirational for me—Roch is an undeniably compelling and confidence-inducing orator— and I started thinking about the kinds of things I could reasonably do on skis.

I doubt I’ll ever have the skills or confidence to be scratching and jump-turning my way down the really steep stuff in the mountains, but the thought of covering a lot of miles over the mountains on more mellow terrain holds a distinct appeal. More “ski touring” I suppose, than “ski mountaineering”. This appeal is facilitated in no small part by the fact that such activity relies on a physical capacity—all day endurance—that I’ve been honing my entire life, as opposed to the more skilled and technical requirements of steeper descents. Skills I certainly don’t currently possess. Maybe I’ll get there one day.

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UD Proud To Be Working With Krissy Moehl

The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect – we have partnered with Krissy Moehl at the beginning of her new book tour: Running Your First Ultra, and our new and updated Jenny Collection of women’s vests and handhelds hit the shelves in one week.

Krissy Moehl - Ultra RunnerKrissy brings a vibrant new perspective to the team along with thousands of miles under her belt.  Moehl’s positive and encouraging attitude and her deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport will be terrific for everyone.

 

Running Your First Ultra

Her book is like having a partner on the trail. Moehl will become your guide to completing a 50K, 50-mile or 100-mile race. Her experience translates into the most effective and easy-to-follow training method, broken down into phases to help all runners take it to the next level and accomplish their goals. She shares her love of the sport by providing helpful tips, bonus content and personal stories. Her commitment to growing the sport and passion for coaching others running their first is evident in the care she’s taken to create detailed plans and lifestyle adjustments. With Krissy’s book, you will find all the resources and encouragement you need to succeed in challenging your mind and body with an ultramarathon!

We look forward to working on products, events, and spending time on the trails with Krissy!

** Fun facts about Krissy:  she’s left handed, a Scorpio and not to worry – she doesn’t like the color pink either.

SHE’LL BE IN COLORADO ALL WEEK – find an event to check out near you….

BOULDER BOOKSTORE

  • Boulder Bookstore

Boulder Bookstore is hosting a book reading and signing. Guests will purchase a $5 voucher as a ticket to the event. This voucher can be used as credit towards buying Running Your First Ultra or towards any other book on the day of event.

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‘Twas an Ultra Year – UD Athletes set FKT’s!

Twas’ a great year for UD athletes and new records. We are proud that we have 2 super motivated ambassadors that both set unbelievable FKT’s on the Appalachian Trail. Scott Jurek and Heather “Anish” Anderson should be very proud of their achievements as are we.

Gear Junkie thought so too!

“Few trail runners have generated publicity like Scott Jurek. The vegan ultrarunner’s speed record on the Appalachian Trail was no exception. Jurek arrived at the northern terminus on July 12th, running the trail with a support crew in 46 days, 8 hours, 8 minutes.

Heather “Anish” Anderson’s 2015 unsupported Appalachian Trail record was seen by some as even more impressive. With no substantial help from the outside, Anish completed the AT in purist fashion, hauling her own gear and picking up resupplies at traditional points along the way in 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes, finishing at the southern terminus in September.”

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Check out Gear Junkie’s other 9 most Defining Moments in the Outdoors -> Read More

Ultimate Direction – Dirty 30 Race Will Be June 4th 2016!

Meandering single-track through groves of aspen, green meadows and thick pine forests. Rocky ridges provide majestic views of snow-capped mountains. Golden Gate State Park shows off the BEST Colorado has to offer!

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There is a 12 miler and a 50 km, so no matter your distance there is something for everyone. Registration opens January 30th.  This race sells out – so sign up soon! Amazing prizes, incredible trails, live music, yummy food and of course beer! Make it your premier ultra race or come back to set a new PR! Either way we hope to see ya on the trail! Stay tuned for events leading up to the race and tips and tricks to having your best race ever! Cheers to many smiles and miles.

 

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Kissing the Rock – A Hardrock Story by Matt Trappe

The hardrock miners of Colorado experienced adversity on another level through the hardships they faced in the San Juan Mountains. When the mines closed and the jobs dried up the town of Silverton was in search of a new identity.

The Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run epitomizes the community aspect of mountain running perhaps due to the grueling nature of the course and the adversity the runners face. The mentality of everyone vs. the mountain exists especially at Hardrock. Friends and runners gather each July in Silverton and a town is reborn.

Matt Trappe came to UD last summer and had an idea to capture the story of Silverton, we love the town and the race and said YES – lets make a film. He has worked super hard to create a beautiful film we are happy to share. Watch the Trailer: https://youtu.be/u9Q3_beydfs

FILM TOUR SCHEDULE

  • March 24 – Flatirons Running Company – Boulder, CO
  • April 2 – Twin Cities Running Company – Minneapolis, MN
  • April 3 – Alamo Drafthouse – Denver, CO
  • April 9 – Marathon Sports – Plymouth, MA (benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
  • April 15 – US National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC
  • April 21 – iRun – Phoenix, AZ
  • April 22 – San Francisco Running Company – Mill Valley, CA
  • April 23 – Seven Hills Running Shop – Seattle, WA
  • May 13 – Evolution Healthcare & Fitness – Portland, OR
  • July 13 – Hardrock 100 – Silverton, CO

Kissing The Rock A production by Matt Trappe Photo & Film
In association with Louder than 11
Edited by Matt Trappe Louder than 11
Additional Editing by Jess Carfield
Score by Fizzix Productions
Post Produced by Louder than 11
Produced and Directed by Matt Trappe

Film made possible with support from Ultimate Direction, Hoka One One, Clif Bar, Feetures! and Competitor Magazine.

About Matt Trappe: http://www.trappephoto.com/about/

Silvertron Depot - Matt Trappe Photography

Silverton Depot – Matt Trappe Photography

Silverton - Matt Trappe Photography

Silverton – Matt Trappe Photography

The Quad Trek

“What a great trip! We didn’t get injured or lost!”

While Peter Bakwin enthusiastically agreed with this assessment, I noticed I was defining success not by how fast or far we went, the two usual objectives for runners, but by the fact we didn’t get hurt doing it.

So either I’m getting old, slow, and conservative – which I actually am – or the 5th class scrambling, elaborate route finding, and river crossings on this wilderness route contained enough risk that to have cruised it and enjoy every minute (except for the quicksand) was a worthy enough accomplishment.

Three full days in Canyonlands National Park, traversing all of its four Districts in one 85 mile loop – what’s there not to like?

Packraft PB

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