Out and Back: A Runner’s Story of Survival and Recovery Against All Odds by Hillary Allen

Out and Back: A Runner’s Story of Survival and Recovery Against All Odds by Hillary Allen

By Audrey Andrews | August 23rd, 2021 Out and Back: A Runner's Story of Survival and Recovery Against All Odds by Hillary Allen was well-promoted throughout the running world. I first heard about the book on the Fastest Known Time podcast. Allen is now a co-host of the show, so it's no surprise that she [...]

Mount Rose

Mount Rose

By Audrey Andrews | August 21st 2021 Reno, NV Out & Back:10.4 miles2,228 feet elevation gain Mount Rose dominates the Sierra Nevada skyline from Reno, Nevada. The route is easily accessible from both Reno and Lake Tahoe and is quite popular on weekends. This well-known summit even boasts an FKT route. The trail begins at the top [...]

Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt

By Audrey Andrews | August 11th 2021 Idaho Springs, Colorado Out & Back:7.5 miles2,575 feet elevation gain Like Quandary Peak, Mount Bierstadt is known as a relatively easy 14er. It is also quite accessible due to its proximity to Denver. Combined, these attributes make Mount Bierstadt quite popular. While the crowds I experienced did not compare [...]

Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak

By Audrey Andrews | July17th, 2021 Summit County, Colorado Out & Back:7.3 miles3,248 feet elevation gain Standing 14, 265 feet above sea level, Quandary Peak is one of Colorado's 14ers. The trail appears fairly straightforward online, so I selected it as my first solo 14er ascent. I knew there would be others on the trail, but was [...]

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davison

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davison

By Audrey Andrews | July 13th, 2021 Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson is an adventure memoir I picked up in Port Angeles, Washington at Port Book and News. The book was a staff pick and has been on my list for some time, so I was [...]

Kineo Mountain

Kineo Mountain

By Audrey Andrews | May 3rd, 2021 Colorado Springs, Colorado Out & Back with Loop:8.1 miles1,939 feet elevation gain Kineo Mountain boasts the highest peak of the six summits of the Cheyenne Cañon skyline. While the shortest route to and from the peak is an out and back from the upper Cheyenne Cañon parking lot, I recommend [...]

Mount Cutler & Mount Muscoco

Mount Cutler & Mount Muscoco

By Audrey Andrews | April 11th, 2021 Colorado Springs, Colorado Out & Back:4.9 miles1,732 feet elevation gain The Mount Cutler and Mount Muscoco trailhead is usually crowded in good weather, including on weekdays. It is located on the lower half of Cheyenne Cañon Road in Cheyenne Cañon, the premier running and hiking destination in Colorado Springs. The [...]

Grandstaff Canyon

Grandstaff Canyon

By Audrey Andrews | March 30th, 2021 Moab, Utah Out & Back: 5.8 miles 584 feet elevation gain The Grandstaff Canyon Trail is a lovely, short out and back just outside of Moab to and from the Morning Glory Arch. The trailhead is close to town, convenient and has plenty of parking. Plus, the hike allows dogs [...]

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek

By Audrey Andrews | March 24th, 2021 North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek is a classic read for ultrarunners. Jurek already authored the popular Eat & Run about veganism and running, and his ultra race wins and FKTs long ago put him on the map. Jurek was also featured [...]

This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace

This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace

By Audrey Andrews | February 18th, 2021 This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace was a wonderfully written memoir about sled dog racing and life in Alaska. Although I expected Pace to write about adventure, I did not expect her to be so brutally honest about difficult relationships and personal struggles. However, much of the book details [...]