Sunday, July 26, 2009

The B.U.T.T Epic

The B.U.T.T Begins

A few years back, I thought it would be cool to piece together a long point to point run, on all of my favorite trails in the Banff area. I mentioned it to Keith and he suggested I recruit a few friends and he would help me coordinate it. Well.

Starting tomorrow, the Banff-Ultimate-Trail-Trash Epic aka. The B.U.T.T is getting under way and I am EXCITED!! I have recruited 6 friends to join me and tomorrow we will start our big run in Kananaskis Country and run on single track trails through Banff National Park, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park and Kootenay National Park.

The distance will be around 175 kilometres, we will cross over 10 mountain passes and sleep one night in the backcountry. Yahooo! I'm also super excited to see friends Meghan and Bryon who are travelling to Banff for the first time.

It is going to be a solid challenge, but I suspect the scenery is going to keep us motivated, inspired and moving forward. Bryon, Mike, Miles, Angela, Darren and myself will be running and a big thanks to Keith and Meghan who will help us along the way.

Our run will be 5 days long and each day is progressively longer and tougher. If we are still standing by Friday, our last day will feature the entire 55km length of The Rockwall trail in Kootenay National Park. Wish us luck! It's going to be great.

This weekend, Danni came to visit from Montana and while I was supposed to take it easy - how could I resist spending a day on the trail with Danni? We wanted to show her something really special, so we spent the day in the Skoki area. Danni was stoked. Keith was sharing the love and I was just along for the ride. What a great day! We took it easy and enjoyed the perfect summer day.

Have a great week and Happy Trails!


Leslie's Keith said...

Wait a minute...isn't that a Glacier feeding directly into a recently thawed lake? You 2 are insane!

Paul Charteris said...

Leslie, you are truly the poster-child for Banff and Mount Ass. I trust the B.U.T.T. Epic will live up to its reputation of being a truly amazing event. Say gidday to Meghan and Bryon for me too!

That run that you and Danni did looks just incredible, butt holy hell I bet that lake was cold.

Cheers, Paul

Danni said...

Thanks again I had an awesome time. Have a fun week!!!

JeffO said...

Wow - a full moon in broad daylight.
Sounds like fun. You really know how to do adventure.

Jill Homer said...

I'm still drooling over that first pic.

Gretchen said...

Um, remember how I aid "I can't wait to hear all about it"? Well, I don't think my jealous soul can handle it. Give everyone big hugs from me, and I guess I don't need to tell you to have fun!
*sniff, sniff*

Backofpack said...

I'm so sorry we are missing the BUTT adventure! One of these years...

Anthony Brantley said...

Looks awesome, your lucky to live where you do.


Deanna Stoppler said...

Oh man, that swimming looks awesome! I can't wait to hear about your BUTT run. Good luck, have fun, stay warm for your night out, and fill us in when you get back! You rock sister.

Chris Barber, said...

Those pictures are great! Love the B.U.T.T. race, sounds like a lot of fun! What are your trail running plans on National Trail Running Day?

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