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Over 100 miles, 33,000 feet of gain, six epic North Cascade mountains – one man conquers it all on foot.
Vancouver-based ultra runner Gary Robbins ran what he calls a “backyard 100 miles”. In August, Robbins set out to complete a mountain route in his Chilliwack, British Columbia backyard, which sits just above the mountain. Baker across the border in Washington. The North Cascade Mountain Range runs through it and extends for 270 miles between Washington and British Columbia.
The west-east route chosen by Robbins spans 109 miles of mountainous terrain with over 33,000 feet of climb and descent. The plan was to connect sections of the mountains that no one thought would connect and do a round-trip route. He spent months trying to figure out if the route was actually possible. And luckily it was.
This video documents Robbins efforts to complete the route point-to-point as quickly as possible. His friend and Pacer Jeff Pelletier produced the short film.
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From Mary Murphy
Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. She has degrees in English and Journalism and has been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests range from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteen or at a local bakery.