Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard

Summit Day Isn't Always About the Summit

Sometimes I wonder about all the time we spend doing ridiculous things like climbing mountains, and if there’s a bigger point to it or a point to it at all, and if I should try to move on to...

When Crappy Gear Is OK

I don’t miss that first bulky, heavy sleeping bag, or the sale tent with only one door on it, or that janky backpacking stove. But every once in a while, I think about them, because they remind me of...

Climbing Out of a Huge Metaphor

Backpacking is one of the least eventful outdoor pursuits, but one of the best for conversation—especially if you’re not in a hurry.

For Sale: Palatial Mountain Getaway

Step inside the 29-square-foot ripstop nylon palace and say hello to your new home! The open floor plan is move-in ready, as soon as you cram it into a backpack and walk a few miles into the middle...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Strava

I was hesitant to try Strava at first: Everybody’s heard about some jackass who almost ran over a kid on the trail because they were racing against invisible riders for King Of the Mountain—and...

How To Run 100 Miles

If things went well, we would, in the span of exactly two years, go from not ever running an ultramarathon distance to completing the 102.9-mile Run Rabbit Run 100 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If...

Complaining Is Useless

One Sunday last August, maybe halfway through a 22-mile trail run in 85 degrees and full sun, the day after we’d run 24 trail miles as part of a training schedule, I said to my friend Jayson...

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