Monday, December 26, 2016

Snowshoe Running with Synchronized Pole Strikes

Snowshoe running, or trail running in snowshoes, is a quickly growing sport. If you're interested in how to do it, or possibly entering a snowshoe race in the near future, here's a quick look at some technique for running with poles.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Snowshoe Running with Slow Pole Strikes

Want to run with snowshoes on? Want to try a snowshoe race this season? Curious how to run on snowshoes with poles? This video shows some examples you might find useful.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cold and Windy at Bootleg Canyon

I spent the night at Boulder Beach Campground in Lake Mead. There was a high wind warning but the night wasn't too bad. The day before I'd done almost 18 miles of riding with 1800' of gain up in St. George (see other story) and was feeling it. I woke up later than I wanted, around 6:30, and packed up. At the trailhead they were setting up for their Gravity Fest so it was a bit hectic feeling, but still not crowded at all. I think 43F and 20MPH winds were the reason. Folks had their campfires going with the smell of cooking bacon.

I got into my tights and jacket (used to 43F and worse as a sometime year round commuter) and took off for the trails. First I hit Lower Lake View, split into Middle Lake View, then back around to Reaper, a downhill cutoff to the road. I rode back to parking, then took off to find a connector to the POW/IMBA trail, but ended up at a cliff along Westleg. Oh well. I wrapped it up with a ride up Girl Scout, certainly not an easy trail.

It was a great fun day.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hikercize Training for Hiking and Fitness

Hikercize a highly effective, proven sixteen week program as the next evolution of the Amazon Best-Selling "Summit Success: Training for Hiking"

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Monday, June 13, 2016

How Training for Hiking Helped Me Regain My Life

How training for hiking can help you in all walks of life. Here's my story, my journey, from a cubicle dweller at 245 pounds to a fit, healthy, youthful 185 pounds training to fulfill my teenage dream of becoming a mountain climber. Let me share my story with you. Leave comments. Visit and learn more today.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Excitement in the Members Area at

Ooops! My Bad. I had some setting mixed up in my membership software, so you got in with a blank page. It's fixed now, but you get a page with "everything" on it. Don't worry, check out the video for a consolation prize I'm giving to those who were/are affected.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Getting it done with Hikercize

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Help me out with a book review

My book, Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging has been a runaway success. So much so that I'm a 3-time Amazon Best-selling Author in the Health & Fitness and Hiking Categories. It's got some great 5-star reviews, and now it's becoming Hikercize, an online training program designed to help you to achieve youthful health and fitness while training for hiking and outdoor sports.

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I want to include some testimonials in an upcoming video trailer for the book and program, so if you have read the book and want to get involved, let me know and we can totally make it work.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Who has read "Summit Success: Training for Hiking..."

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Hikercize - This is the book it's based on

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hiking up North Mahogany in Utah County

I took my son up the North Ridge of Mount Mahogany on May 7, and we had a great time together. Hiking can be the perfect way to share time as a family. Check out and be among the first to register for fitness for hiking when it's released this summer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fitness Tracking And Fat Loss - My Story

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Earth Day Weekend Hiking Challenge - Saturday Hike

Why do I hike? What's my motivation? I'll let you in on the secret in this video shot 1000' up a mountainside overlooking Utah Lake this morning. Why do you hike? What's your motivation?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Will You Accept The Earth Day Weekend Hiking Challenge?

I want you to get outside this weekend to celebrate Earth Day. Go for a hike, even if it's just your local city park. Take your friends, loved ones, family, pets, or just go embrace the solitude. Then go to the youtube video and leave comments with your experiences for me to share vicariously. Stay tuned for my pics and vids from my adventure(s) tomorrow.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Incline Treadmill Threshold Workout

From TrainingPeaks:

1. Pyramid Threshold Hills
This is a great workout to work on strength and threshold. It's also a relatively long workout (it can be modified to be shorter), thus allowing for some good aerobic work hitting both your aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. Running for 1:20 on a treadmill may be a long time, but sometimes that's necessary.
Start with a 15 minute warm up in heart rate zones 1 and 2. Then, set the treadmill to a 1.5% grade and a pace that will allow you to be in low zone 3 heart rate and do the following pyramid: 
1 minute at 6%, 1 minute at 1.5%
2 minutes at 5.5%, 2 minutes at 1.5%
3 minutes at 5%, 3 minutes at 1.5%
4 minutes at 4.5%, 4 minutes at 1.5%
5 minutes at 4%, 5 minutes at 1.5%
4 minutes at 4.5%, 4 minutes at 1.5%
3 minutes at 5%, 3 minutes at 1.5%
2 minutes at 5.5%, 2 minutes at 1.5%
1 minute at 6%, 1 minute at 1.5% 
Remember, your speed should not change at all during this run, adjust the grade only. This is 50 full minutes of solid running, with 25 of it likely near threshold. Finish with a 15 minute cool down.


Assisted Glute Ham Raises = Hip Strength for Running - coming soon

Sunday, January 31, 2016

SAXX Underwear Review - the Vibe

I tested a pair of the Saxx Vibe at the St. George City Half Marathon, and received a pair of the Kinetic and Subzero to try. From the Saxx website: "Developed by an athlete and avid outdoorsman, SAXX Underwear was founded with a mission to revolutionize the core staple of every wardrobe." I really enjoyed the Vibe, even with the comfort fit it was the perfect underwear for beneath my tights in the 35F day for the Half Marathon. Here are closeup views of the mesh support panels and the boxes for the Kinetic and Subzero. I'll be testing them soon, so stay in the loop. More info: and

Friday, January 29, 2016

Heat Molding Salomon Spikecross Winter Running Shoes

I've been wearing the Salomon Spikecross winter running shoes with carbide spikes for several years, but sadly my feet have grown longer and wider with age and miles. I didn't want to throw them away, so here I'm showing you an experiment, hopefully successful, to heat mold them, similar to how you heat mold Edea figure skates, La Sportiva and Scarpa climbing boots, etc. The Salomon Spikecross is based on the Speedcross family and also includes the Snowcross.

Salomon Spikecross winter trail running shoes with spikes and Icebug insoles

Salomon Speedcross 4 - coming soon!

Salomon Spikecross on a mountain in Colorado

Be warned though, that this might not work for all running shoes, and could cause permanent harm to them or you. Please use common sense and make an intelligent decision.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Icebug Insole unboxing

I recently returned from the 2016 Winter Market, the ORShow in Salt Lake City. While there I got the opportunity to check out and test a pair of the ICEBUG Slim/Medium Insoles with Arch Flex System Technology. Check them out on AMAZON. Running shoe insoles with energy return zones improvement over stock insoles.

Icebug is well known for their winter footwear and trail running and orienteering shoes. It was a real pleasure to check out their products for the coming year at the Outdoor Retailer show. If you enjoy winter footwear as much as I do, check out the following suggestions.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Feetures Max Cushion Elite Socks Review

Feetures foot shaped supportive Max Cushion Elite no-show tab socks pre-review. Coming soon from Feetures a sock for running if you prefer a thicker sock than their ultra-thin elite sock while still providing the same level of support in a foot shaped no-show tab sock. More info and

If you like a great sock for running and other athletic endurance events, check out these suggestions:

Suunto Ambit3 Peak Unboxing

Suunto Ambit3 Peak with heart rate for training data you need to achieve your sports performance best. Now with Bluetooth connectivity for pods, sensors, smartphones and apps.

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Unboxing the Wahoo Blue SC Bike Speed and Cadence Pod

The Bluetooth/Ant+ Bike Speed and Cadence Pod from Wahoo, to connect with Garmin, Suunto and other apps to measure the speed and cadence wirelessly from your bicycle while indoors on the trainer or outdoors on the road. More info at and