The Ultra Experience

Here's to the adventures of my life which are usually ultra marathon trail running or fly fishing but may include other trips, experiences, thoughts, opinions, or pretty much whatever I want. As co-founder of Altra Footwear my life and adventures seemingly revolve more around developing and promoting the best footwear in the world...and I love it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

B's Uintah Grand 8 Route

The group on top of Kings Peak

The Uintah Mountains were epic as usual. This trip was especially fun as I hand picked a unique route that led us over some of the most remote and highest spots in Utah. I call it the "Beckstead Grand 8 Route" as we did a gnarly figure 8 through some of the best terrain in the world. Two people bailed just days before and it ended up being Shane Martin and myself on the adventure.

The route


We ended up catching several hundred fish (I swear it's not a fish story!), hiked over 70 miles, bagged four 13,000 foot peaks in one day, went over 7 mountain passes, endured several rain lightning and snow storms, while having an awesome time all in a mere five days. Packs were max of 30 lbs and got lighter every mile for an absolutely epic trip. Pictures speak louder than worlds so check out the pics and the route!

Shane heading to Milk Lake

Also, as everyone knows I work for a gear shop but are people interested in gear reviews from my experiences? I love to support my shops but this blog is not a shameless plug. However, I do have the opportunity to try out some of the latest and greatest gear so let me know if you want to hear about the good and the bad. I wouldn't mind giving an objective analysis on the gear I use but I don't want people to feel like I'm constantly pushing my business, gear, or sponsors on people.

August 15th Snow Storm in Upper Yellowstone Basin

Anyway, it's a great time to be alive so cram it all in as summer is quickly coming to a close. Happy trails and adventures to all.
Looking south along the Kings-Emmons Ridge
View from the ridge.
Milk Lake
Fresh Spring Water!
Red Castle

2 comments:

Kristen said...

Brian, looks like an awesome trip! The only bad deal is it made me a little depressed! Man I would love to go hiking in the Uintahs! I'm bound and determined to get this body moving again! And your pictures were some of the inspiration I needed! Have you looked at my blog lately. I posted an entry about Brigham getting into the flour in the kitchen, it totally reminded me of you when I found you on the kitchen floor covered head to toe in flour! Love you!

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