Kyle Maynard - W0W
Kyle Maynard on the Echo Canyon Trail with Camelback X-T-R-E-M-E Member James Bakalar
Struggle the last time you went up Camelback Mountain? Try using only your knees and elbows...How's that for perspective? Holy crap. Kyle was born with a condition that left him as he is now and pictured above. He's never allowed that to hold him back and he's gone on to write books, wrestle in high school, college, motivational speak and now...he's planning on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa as part of Mission Kilimanjaro. (See video below). So next time you are feeling a little too tired or that you just can't do it...stop complaining. Far more people persevere with far less.
Follow along with his mission at www.missionkilimanjaro.com
Grandpa Jim 50k & 12 Hours of Camelback
photo courtesy of NYT
Grandpa Jim, a regular at Wednesday Morning Running Club, has been putting on fundraising events for Sunshine Acres for a few years now. Jim's. Sunshine Acres provides homes for children under a variety of circumstances and helps stabilize their lives through Christian living and a long term stable lifestyle many are lacking at a young age. They don't solicit money, they don't fundraise. Just small events like what Grandpa Jim puts on where any donations raised are used to help with the cost of bringing Sunshine Acres children to the Grand Canyon for an experience there. Here's the website for Sunshine Acres:
So on February 10th Grandpa Jim brings the return of "12 Hours of Camelback" and event I didn't make it to until the last hour last year but this coming February I hope to train to complete the entire 12 hours. The event involves 12 consecutive hours of hiking up the Echo Canyon Trail to the summit of Camelback Mountain, back down and repeat as many times within that time frame. It's about 1300 feet of climbing with each trip. Rough on the legs but a major challenge.
The following weekend on February 18th is the Grandpa Jim 50K. This won't be easy either with 8,200 feet of climbing planned for entrants. Starting at the base of Camelback Mountain on the cholla side you go up and over the mountain, run the streets to the entrance of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, loop around and up Piestewa (Squaw) Peak and then take Trail #100 over to North Mountain where you climb both Shaw and North Mountain finishing on that side of the park. Quite a trip but all in what I train in every single day so my interest is higher knowing it's going to Sunshine Acres but also that it's all home turf. Looking forward to it. Check out Grandpa Jim's website to enter. Again, it's free but donations are accepted to help get the kids up to the Grand Canyon, something they will never forget. https://sites.google.com/site/grandpajims50k/
Jaguar's in Arizona!!!
Seriously...this is pretty amazing in that "Holy Shit that's a Jaguar" type of way. Can you imagine hearing that roar while running with a friend on a secluded trail on a high ridge somewhere? Wow.
Here's the story link below. Fascinating and great news to see this species back on the territory after Macho B died/was killed two years ago.