Thursday, January 9, 2014

Winter Summit of Mt. Washington, 2014

Spent New Year's with Vanessa McKenzie playing in White Mountain National Park up in New Hampshire. Lucked out and had a clear day when we summited Mt. Washington. Temps on the summit were roughly 20 below with winds at around 80 mph. Brrr. Vanessa McKenzie at the summit of Mt Washington

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pere Marquette Trail Run, 2013

Ran the Pere Marquette trail run on Saturday. Very snowy and icy day. Due to the weather it took much longer to drive over there than anticipated - and I missed my start time. I ended up having to run in the last heat which made it a bit more difficult because I had to navigate through quite a bit of traffic during the race. Finished in 1:13. Fun day regardless.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Castlewood 8 Hour, 2013

Ran the Castlewood 8 Hour Adventure Race yesterday with Clayton Cummings. Cold day. My gloves were frozen stiff and was covered in ice after the paddle down the Meramec. We came in 3rd place in our division.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hiking the Buffalo River Trail

Spent a few days down in Arkansas hiking the Buffalo River Trail. The first part of the trail was very overgrown - we were trudging through tick-laden grass up to our waist. Not a lot of fun. After a few miles things opened up and hiking was more enjoyable.

Decent trail, but I think next time I'll go back to paddling it.

Buffalo River Trail trailhead marker Aaron Fanetti hiking the Buffalo River Trail

Monday, September 2, 2013

Whistler, BC

Went to watch Vanessa McKenzie compete at Ironman Whistler last week. Spent remainder of the week playing in the mountains.

On Saturday I did an out-and-back trail run from Nita Lake Lodge through the Whistler village and up to Russet Lake. After Vanessa had (very little) rest from the race, we loaded up the backpacks and headed up to Garibaldi Lake. A very rainy night. We intended to climb Black Tusk the following morning, but it was so overcast there wouldn't have been much to see. Instead, we headed back down the mountain. Beautiful views all the way back.

The next two days we spent mountain biking the cross-country park. It was rainy, but the trails handled it well. Great trails and a lot of fun. After finishing the XC trails, we hopped on the Sea-to-Sky trail and attempted to make it down to Brandywine Falls. Unfortunately, we left too late in the day and lost daylight by the time we arrived. Lacking headlamps, we decided to turn around early and forgo seeing the falls. Next time.

The last day, we grabbed a day pack and made the hike from Nita Lake up to Wedgemount Lake. Long day with a fair amount a vertical - scrambling up a steep boulder field to reach the top. Exhausting week, but totally worth it. Looking forward to going back.

Aaron Fanetti on the trail to Russet Lake Vanessa McKenzie hiking from Garibaldi Lake

Monday, August 19, 2013

Conquer Castlewood 2013

On Sunday I teamed up with Beth Sanborn to compete in the coed division of the Conquer Castlewood Adventure Race in Ballwin, MO. We took home first place in the coed division with a combined time of 2:11:17 - barely edging out the second place team of Holtman and Hagan by only 16 seconds!

Aaron Fanetti and Beth Sanborn at Conquer Castlewood