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Walker Ferguson laid low by a high-quality effort. Tuolumne Meadows, California. Photo: Jeff Johnson

Three Hours, Max

By Will Leith   |   Apr 17, 2018 April 17, 2018

The map showed an unbroken line contoured to the ridge. We started running along that line and ran past its end, into a space between two worlds. A few orange ribbons hung on branches in natural openings, marking what might eventually be the beginning of a trail. We followed it. Read More

What Inspired You?

What Inspired You?

By Old School   |   May 7, 2012 May 7, 2012

We recently received this email from Ross Curwen, a reader from, as he says, "rainy old England." Just a letter saying thanks to The Cleanest Line community from rainy old England. About a year ago I injured my shoulder. This meant I had to cut right back on two things… Read More

Backyard Adventures: The Sawtooth Traverse

Backyard Adventures: The Sawtooth Traverse

By Steve Graepel   |   Jul 29, 2009 July 29, 2009

Central Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain Range offer a stellar backyard for Steve Graepel’s adventures. A Boise resident, he wedges his endurance training around family and a full-time job. His Backyard Adventure gives us a glimpse at a beautiful section of country to be included in one of his… Read More

Backyard Adventures: Toiyabe Trails – Part 3

Backyard Adventures: Toiyabe Trails – Part 3

By Old School   |   Jun 24, 2009 June 24, 2009

Today, we’ve got the final installment in Old School’s Toiyabe Trails series (previous posts: The morning after our unplanned layover day dawned clear andsunny, and while there was still a stiff breeze, it was nothing like the howlingwinds of the day before so we packed up and headed north. The… Read More

Backyard Adventures: Toiyabe Trails – Part 2

Backyard Adventures: Toiyabe Trails – Part 2

By Old School   |   Jun 17, 2009 June 17, 2009

Welcome! We're pleased to bring you part two in this series. If you missed Part 1, no worries, you can find it right here.__________________ Nevada is smack-dab in the middle of the Basin and Range topography of the Great Basin so every mountain… Read More

Backyard Adventures: Toiyabe Trails – Part 1

Backyard Adventures: Toiyabe Trails – Part 1

By Old School   |   Jun 12, 2009 June 12, 2009

Mention Nevada to mostfolks and what comes to mind is LasVegas glam and desert heat. Truth be told, manyNevadans are more than willing to let you think that but for the record, with313 named mountain ranges, Nevada has moremountains than any state except Alaska.Since moving here five years ago,… Read More