We’ve had the great honor of being featured on the Dirtbag Diaries, for an episode titled….The Sufferthon! We are very excited to be a part of the Diaries and are avid listeners. Be sure to check out their other great stories at http://www.dirtbagdiaries.com/.
As always we know that we couldn’t have done this alone, special thanks to Kevin Hopper, Aaron Hartz, Becca Cahall, Stormy Given and Anya Crea Vance.
Keep on suffering and stay tuned for the next epic.
A quick summary of the Pass-out. Special thanks to Becca of the Dirtbag Diaries for coming along and our wonderful support crew.
Thanks for sticking with us over the summer, your loyalty is about to be rewarded! Josh just left on his family mega road trip (a sufferthon of its own with two young kids) but before he left we found the time to plan the next in the suffer seriers.
We’re calling it the “McKenzie Pass(out)”. We start at the top of the McKenzie pass on Hwy 242, we’ll then trail run to the top of Belnap Crater and back ~12 miles. We then hop on my vintage Schwin Twin Tandem (outfitted with a supplemental break system) and ride down 242 20 miles to the junction with Hwy 126 where we’ll ditch the tandem and jump in to kayaks on the McKenzie River. ~60 miles later we’ll exit the boats in Springfield and start the final leg on the Tandem to a fine food and drink establishment for refreshments.
Mark your calendars, September 13th it’s on. Check out a map of the route below.
As always make sure to check back later to see updates and a post suffer video.
Midway up Mt. Thielsen Josh take a break to juice up.
Just in case you think that all we do is sit around and scheme up ways to suffer, check this out:
That’s Ty dancing and Hopper yelling like the Southern Oregon boy that he is.
Enjoy the weekend.
Josh and I were talking the other day about sufferthon potential in the coming months. We had previously determined that the Hood to Coast sufferthon was impractical given current conditions. It turns out that when planning a potential suffer fest you have many variables to consider, because of this we are tabling the Mt. Hood event until snow, water, and free time variables align like Jupiter and Mars in the age of aquarius. To tide us over until then we present the Twin Peak Suffer.
The plan is to ski mountaineer Mt. Bailey, ride/hike to the western shore of Diamond Lake. Swim the 2 miles to the east shore, then trail run/scramble Mt. Thielsen. 24hrs total, June 13th and 14th!
I often wonder what it is that drives me to continue to dream up ways to push and challenge myself. After a the muscle soreness has eased and new running shoes have been purchased, I again find my self dreaming of other outlandish routes and Sufferthons. Should the next adventure be entirely self supported? How many bikes can a canoe hold? Can we tow a canoe behind a bike? How can we incorporate skiing in to our route? The bottle of ibuprofen might be half empty but the well of inspiration is bubbling over.
With this in mind we propose the next Grand Tour:
Sufferthon 2 - Summit to Sea
From the summit of Mt. Hood a 36 hour dash to the coast via skis, bikes, white water kayaks and of course running in purple tights.
Planning the next Grand Tour (a short distraction from the work day)
Why? Why the
hell heck not?