On Saturday, September 9, 2017 Portland-based endurance athletes Willie McBride, Brian Donnelly, and Jeff Boggess set out northbound on the Sierra High Route, traveling nearly 200 miles from Road's End in King's Canyon National Park to Twin Lakes just north of Yosemite National Park in 8 long days. With an average elevation of 10,000 ft. and over half the route navigating off-trail through isolated, rarely-traveled terrain, the SHR is a true test of endurance, mental fortitude and all-around mountain skills, and this trip was no exception. Taking a minimalist, light and fast approach, sparing even stoves (and hot food and coffee!), the three had an extremely challenging, and deeply rewarding, journey through one of the most magnificent mountain ranges on earth. Come hear the stories of their ups and downs and learn what it takes to make those once-in-a-lifetime trips a reality! This event is co-hosted with Base Camp Brewing Company.
Brian Donnelly is a writer, musician and ultra runner from Portland, Oregon. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, he’s an accomplished climber, whitewater kayaker, nordic skier, fast packer, and runner. He currently holds the record for the fastest known time on the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail (7d, 22h, 37m), which he set in 2013, and is the co-record holder for the fastest unsupported run of the Wonderland trail in Washington (25h, 48m). More info at: http://brianthedonnelly.blogspot.com/. Instagram: @brianthedonnelly.
Willie McBride is a Portland, Oregon based ultra runner, climber, and ski mountaineer, as well as co-owner/founder, coach and guide at Wy’east Wolfpack. He loves writing about and sharing his outdoor experiences and enthusiasm with others and is a very proud ambassador for local Portland businesses: Trail Butter, Territory Run Co., and the Mountain Shop. Catch up with him at a Thursday group run to hear what adventures he’s scheming next!
Banner photo: Medena Rosa