Nolan’s 14 is also known as the Mount Everest of Ultrarunning. That pretty much says enough. But if it doesn’t, there’s a film made to prove it. Nolan’s 14 is a 100 mile route through the heart of the Colorado Rockies that traverses 14 14,000 foot peaks, hence the name. Only a handful of people have ever completed it within the 60 hour cutoff time. It is not a race though. Anyone may climb the Nolan’s 14 route at any time of year, and these records will be recognized. The object is to climb as many 14ers as you can, traveling on foot, within the 60 hours time limit. You may complete the summits in any order and may use any route you want (on foot) between summits. Intrigued? Watch the trailer and then move on the full film where one dollar from each download is contributed to charity (Paradox Sports). Ultra running legend Blake Wood and some of today’s contemporary elite mountain ultra runners tell the story of this fabled line in 47 minutes.
Chasing the Ghost is a film made by Craig Bingham with the purpose to inspire. And it does just that. You do not need to be a cyclist to find inspiration in this wonderfully crafted film. The film is the story of two teams (USA and GB), two fierce rivals that come together forming “Allied Forces” to take on the challenge of cycling 3000 miles across America in less than 5days 5hours 5mins to set a new world record. With the goal to use the record and show their adventure as a platform to raise awareness and funding for Help for Heroes and Woundered Warriors. Sit back and enjoy! The project photography by Craig Bingham is also worth a visit.
What’s the second best thing to go out and run? Watching well directed and edited movies of other people running. Well, maybe not the second best thing but certainly a close contender. In August 2013, the Ginger Runner ran the Squamish 50 mile ultramarathon. It was the hardest race he had run and it destroyed his body and mind. Rather than back down and give in to the race, he pushed on and struggled to the finishline. After making a vow to never go back, he returned in 2014 to not only run the 50 mile race again, but tack on the 50k race the following day in what has been coined, The Squamish 50/50. In short, that’s the synopsis of the movie and the ingredients to make it a very entertaining and motivating short to watch.
What is the Montane Spine Race film all about? Simply put it is the story of Britain’s most brutal race. Follow the athletes as they get to grips mentally and physically with The Spine Race 2015, as they learn to cope with sleep deprivation, the threat of hypothermia, the highs and lows, experience the incredible & unique camaraderie, the relationships that develop and the life changing experience, which is The Spine Race. The Spine Race is widely reported by international media as one of the world’s hardest races, held in Britain. Competitors must cover all 268miles of The Pennine Way trail on foot in a time limit of 7 Days, in the midst of the ever changing and extreme British winter. The Montane Spine Race does not care who you are, what experience you have or how fast you think you are. More info here.
What better way to end the day in the outdoors than with an ultralight relax shoe like the Ultra Low slipon shoes by The North Face. These shoes have a velcro adjustment strap, are convenient to carry along with the rest of your gear but also make for super comfy shoes to hike a few miles on. And offcourse you don’t need to be in the outdoors to enjoy these slipons. Any concrete surroundings will benefit just as well. Via
Hailing from the high-altitude mining town of Leadville Colorado, Bill Dooper has a deep love for the sport of Ultra-Trail Running. He has spectated at every Leadville Trail 100 Run since 1988 and every Hardrock 100. And he has never run an Ultra himself. In Episode 1 of Salomon Running TV Season 04 we go on a once in a lifetime journey with Bill. Getting to know who he is and where his love for the sport stems from, as a story is unveiled of true appreciation and friendship. For Salomon – and after watching the video probably for all runners – Bill Dooper is…. The Ultimate Fan.
Ever wondered what a great adventure it would be to just take off and go paragliding for the next 500 miles? Thankfully it has been captured amazingly on video so you won’t have to close your eyes and daydream about it. You can do that after the video. What is this all about Paragliding pilots Nate Scales, Nick Greece, Matt Beechinor and Gavin McClurg attempt a bivvy line from Hurricane Ridge, Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Filmed by Michael Paul Jones and Jeremy Canon with RED Epic cameras, human flight has never been captured in such a dramatic way and inspiring way. Come along for the ride at 18,000 feet as the pilots are stymied by frustrating weather but find their love and passion for flight grows even deeper.