Trail running Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states, on a late fall day with some early snow on the trail. Lone Pine, California

Running Mt. Whitney in Winter

There’s one surefire way to avoid headaches for getting yourself up the lower 48’s highest summit. Go when it’s miserable. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be miserable if you pay attention to conditions and time things right. Running Mt. Whitney in winter isn’t only possible, it’s advisable. We’ve successfully done it two winters in a row, had ideal weather and seen a total of six people. It’s been anything but miserable.

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Runners stopped in Zmutt for a coffee at a small cafe, while on the last day of the Via Valais, a multi-day trail running tour connecting Verbier with Zermatt, Switzerland.

Trail Running in the Sierra vs. the Alps

Two of the world’s premier trail running venues, California’s Sierra Nevada and the Swiss Alps, are where we have spent the bulk of the last 30 years. The enthusiasm we have for running through these ranges resulted in our producing the trail running guidebooks to both. Sierra Trail Runs will be released in 2022 and Run the Alps Switzerland was published in 2018. Along with Run the Alps Switzerland came Elevation : The Alps Trail & Peak Running Resource, which launched with 30 runs but today has 80, including two multi day runs we developed ourselves, the Via Grischuna and what we feel is the greatest run in the Alps, the Via Valais.

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Authors of Sierra Trail Runs Guidebook

The Making of Sierra Trail Runs

In 20+ years of mountain sport projects, from Himalayan climbing expeditions to skiing in North Korea to editorial and commercial shoots in mountain ranges all over the world, I have never enjoyed my work so much as I did while producing the Sierra Trail Runs book.

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Trail running Kearsarge Pass on the John Muir Trail / Pacific Crest Trail, Sierra Nevada, California

Introducing Sierra Trail Runs

Like so many things, it all started with a wild idea. “We should do a trail running guide for the Sierra.” At the time, it came out of nowhere while, appropriately, trail running in the Sierra.

Today, just over a year later, we’re launching Sierra Trail Runs : A Guide to the Eastside just ahead of the photo guidebook that’s coming later this year.

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