Trip Report: Running the Presidential Traverse

Today my friend Nate (@hiker_nate) his dog Piper would be joining me for a “quick presi”. The Presidential Traverse! Located in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire this rugged point to point run or hike is considered to be one of the crown jewels of the North East and also one of the most strenuous. The “Standard Presi Traverse” as its aptly named Scales over seven of New Hampshire’s tallest peaks named after past presidents of the United States: Mount Madison – 5,367′ Mount Adams – 5,794′ Mount Jefferson – 5,712 Mount Washington – 6,289′ Mount Monroe –…

Amazfit Stratos Review – Full Featured GPS Running Watch on a Budget!

So you’re looking for a GPS tracking watch that can play music and has a built in compass, altimeter, and an optical heart rate monitor all enclosed in a rugged waterproof, stylish enclosure? That sounds like it might cost a fortune! You’re not wrong. Usually it does! That is until the Amazfit Stratos hit the US Market. The Amazfit Stratos made its debut originally in China last year. It was branded by parent company Xiaomi. Recently the company has launched the device here in the US and it has become a compelling option for the fitness crowd for a number…

Field Tested: Garmin inReach Explorer+ Satellite Communicator Review

Overview When you’re off the grid or in the back country having a reliable means of communication is crucial. There are a few options on the market that can achieve this but its hard to decide what features you really need. Are you buying something to casually communicate with family and friends? Or is this primarily for emergency use? The Garmin InReach Explorer+ tries to cover all the bases with a unique set of features that can help with navigation as well as emergency communication. This device is basically a clone of the original Delorme InReach Explorer with some added…

Garmin Fenix 5x – A Trail Runner’s Review

Overview These little gadgets we call “Wearables” are a hot market right now. Fitbit, Garmin, Suunto, Wahoo, Casio, Polar, Mio… this list goes on. It seems like a flooded market with options just about anyone. This list becomes a lot leaner when you start running ultra long distances and require so much more from your wearable device than simply step counting. Advanced metrics, performance analysis, navigation, maps, heart rate sensors, and an extremely long battery life become important. This is where the Garmin Fenix 5x comes in! The Garmin Fenix 5x was rolled out in June of 2017 as part…

43 Mile Victory, 50 Mile Failure – The Wapack and Back Trail Race

Back in December of 2017 I decided to sign up for my first Ultra Marathon after only previously ever running a local 5K as an “organized race”. This was the TARC (www.trailanimals.com) Winter Ultra at the Middlesex Fells Reservation in Massachusetts. This race was 32 miles of rugged, knee crunching terrain and 6000-ish feet of elevation gain. I felt strong at this race and I finished with a time I was proud of. After this I was hooked and I knew I’d be doing more. It was a lot of fun with a healthy dose of suffering too! After that…