Monthly Archives: April 2010

Spring Trail Running Gear discounts

Our favorite retailer has stocked up with the newest trail running gear, feel free to shop and redeem your Speedgoat 10% discount: 1UX-1-UJENB

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Speed Goat Coupon Now Available!
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Zane Grey madness 2

I haven’t been to Zane Grey in a few years and what a difference, the rocks are plentiful, the brush is overgrown and the ruts are deeper then ever.  I’m all scratched up from my arms to my ankles, once I drew blood at mile 6 it never stopped.  What a tough course to follow especially when it’s marked with yellow Montrail flagging tape, I bet everyone got lost at least once. Nice run  Ian Torrence, Dave Hunt  and Larry O’Neil who ran the course in his new moon sneakers.

Get well “Karl” who had a commanding lead until he broke his arm slipping over a dead tree..ouch.

Scratched up goat leg                                                   Broken front goat leg

Zane Grey 50 Miler – 2010 1

Here we are hanging in Flagstaff waiting to run the mighty  Zane Grey,  after a night on the town with Meltzer and Torrence, it’s time to shake off the Jaguar bomb hangover and get ready to run….Looks like there may be a little snow on the course up high, maybe a little mud to keep it interesting?  Either way this trail is going to be rutty, rocky, overgrown and full of toe stubbing booby traps. looks like a good day for my La Sportiva Wildcats,  stay tuned for more trail running stories from Zane Grey.


Scrape on!!

Celebrate Earth Day with Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear

The Mountains Plus team promotes Earth Day by discounting all Eco-friendly products. NOW we can offer our readers 10% OFF any of our Green Gear:

* Nemo Ditto Tote Bag – This bag is made almost entirely from re-purposed NEMO tent samples and manufacturing seconds. Let’s use the NEMO to go grocery shopping instead of those plastic sacks.
* Big Agnes Diversion Air Core – Climashield HL Green 100% recycled synthetic insulation, durable 100% recycled polyester rip-stop shell fabric, recycled aluminum valve with plastic coated EZ-Flate™ mouthpiece.
* Big Agnes Salt Creek 2 Person Tent – FREE FOOTPRINT – Three season, free standing, backpacking tent with recycled components, no were talking!


La Sportiva Wildcats – Trail Running Shoe Review

Here’s a sweet ride with a ton of cushion and large toe box the Wildcat has become one of my favorite La Sportiva Trail Shoes. I ran my last two 100 milers in the Wildcats, the Wasatch 100 and Oil Creek 100. The shoe it self does weighs a little more then the Fireblades and is a little bulkier but has a killer traction(  FriXion® X-Axis rubber outsole ) system that gives you a lot of confidence to bomb the technical muddy downhills. The wildcat is a higher profile shoe but surprisingly I never role my ankle in the toughest terrain, no blisters with the Wildcats…by La Sportiva

You can purchase La Sportiva Wildcats NOW (MSRP: $99.99) and save 10%

(use code below):

Speed Goat Coupon Now Available!

With your purchase use coupon code 1UX-1-UJENB to receive 10% off on trail running shoes and accessories from

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc – Obligatory Material 8

For a trail runner who’s used to lining up at 100’s with just a Nathan Elite 2V Plus Pack, it’s going to be a  blast carrying all those required items on my trek through the 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. I am not a big fan of a bag of water on my back  which covers a large part of my thermostat, oh well. As I prepare to run the ultimate trail running event, I look forward to enjoying the experience with team mates Jodi Chase and Cory Johnson. Look for the Wasatch Speed Goats to represent the United States with some strong results..scrape on!

Obligatory material : 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

• mobile phone with option enabling its use in the three countries
• personal cup or tumbler 15cl minimum (water bottle not acceptable)
• stock of water minimum 1 litre,
two torches in good working condition with replacement batteries,
survival blanket,
• whistle,
• adhesive elastic band enable making a bandage or a strapping (mini 80cm x 3 cm),
• food reserve,
• protective raincoat for bad mountain weather,
• running trousers or leggings (au minimum pedal pushers covering the knees),
• cap or bandana.

Required by the frontier police forces: identity papers
Very strongly recommended
– gloves, a hat and warm clothes indispensable in the case of cold weather forecasts
– the sum of 20 euros minimum (in order to cover the unexpected….)
Advised (list not definitive):
telescopic sticks, change of clothing, compass, knife, string, sun cream, Vaseline or anti-overheating cream, needle and thread,…
If you decide to use sticks, you must keep them throughout the whole of the race…No stick will be admitted into the runner’s sacks

Goat land

Meltzer takes on Pony Express Trail

I guess running 5 to 6 100’s a year just isn’t enough for Karl, here he is staging an attempt to run the entire Pony Express Trail from Missouri to California (1840 miles). The trail is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary so Karl teamed up wit Red Bull for the attempt, stay tuned for more details. Looks like after Tour Du Mont Blanc I’ll be putting together a couple long runs on the Pony Express!

Speedgoat 50k is filling up fast, sharpen your hooves for this one!

Mountains Plus Outdoor Gear – New Affiliate Manager 4

After many years of working in the marketing affiliate space I’ve taken on the job as Affiliate Manager for Mountain Plus Outdoor Gear. The team at Mountain Plus have been around for a long time and have a huge selection of the best outdoor gear available!  If there’s any affiliates out there that would be interested in joining the Mountain Plus Outdoor Gear feel free to send me an email to as I’ve partnered with Avantlink Affiliate Marketing Network the best of it’s kind!

We’ve been online for a long, long time. We started the idea of Mountains Plus way back in 1995 back when Yahoo was ‘old school’ grey with blue links and Amazon was this ‘new’ site where you could buy books from some dude named Jeff who was shipping them out of his garage and making $20,000/week. We were one of Camelbak’s first dealers (back when they were FastTrak systems out of TX) and we’ve seen many brands come and go in the nearly 15 years we’ve braved the wild and wooly world of outdoor e-commerce.

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