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Tales of a mountain running doctor

   "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
   Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
   On such a full sea we are now afloat;
   And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our venture."

         - Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, act 4, scene 3

    "And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
     and know the place for the first time."
    - T.S. Elliot

   The following articles were written to appeal to both outdoor lover as well as dedicated hiking or running enthusiast.
A few are of more local interest to those from the San Francisco Bay Area. Effort was taken to include ample logistical
information to allow the reader to duplicate the adventures if he wishes. I hope you enjoy my stories and will one day
experience these beautiful places for yourself. Interesting articles by other authors are also included.

      Simple Gifts

  Roger Bannister and Eamon Coughlin: Two firsts
The first four minute mile and the first over 40 year-old four minute mile
  Hike through the Marin Headlands
A five-mile loop out of Tennessee Valley on some lesser known pathways.
  The Presidential Traverse
Mt. Washington and the White Mountains. Short version.
  The Presidential Traverse
Long version. More logistics to plan your own trip.
  Yosemite 2005 - the Valley to Tuolumne and back again
A two-day 55-mile loop from Yosemite Valley to Cloud's Rest, Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, returning via Rafferty Creek, Vogelsang, Merced Lake, Bunnell Cascade, and the Merced River.
  Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows 2002
Six hours on the John Muir Trail
  Yosemite Valley to Half Dome and Glacier Point 2001
Waterfalls, drop-offs, and bears
  2005 Miwok 100K
30-minute Quicktime movie with a great sound track! By Pastor Mark.
  My "Unofficial" Miwok 100k - 2006
"Under the radar for 62 miles."   A guest article by Spartacus.
  The Miwok 100k - 2004
Pushing the limit - Marin County's longest race.
  Pikes Peak Marathon 2002/2004
Agony and ecstasy on America's mountain
  Grand Canyon 2004
South Rim to North Rim and back in 12 hours
  Grand Canyon 2003
Short version
  Grand Canyon 2003
Long version - with comprehensive logistics to plan your hike or run across the canyon.
  Mt. Whitney 2002/2003/2004
Highest peak in the continental United States
  Mt. San Jacinto 2003
"Cactus to Clouds" - biggest snow-free climb in the USA
  How To Write A Running Article
Inner secrets and tricks of the trade.
  Mt. Tamalpais, the Sacred Mountain
Take a spirit walk.
  Do Not Go Gentle
Esoteric version
  Running in the Second Half of Life
Do Not Go Gentle: Why the Aging Athlete Runs
  Random Musings on Close Encounters - Redux!
Animal sightings on and near Mt. Tamalpais.
  The "Real" Bay to Breakers - 2005
Across Marin County from China Camp to Stinson Beach.
  Hill Climbs - the Joy of the Ascent
Challenging mountain runs for those who like to "get high".
  Mt. Dana 2002
Beckoning monarch of Tioga Pass
  Death Valley Trail Marathon 2004
Running along Devil's Golf Course
  Big Vertical on Mt. Diablo 2002
Enduring the "anvil" in the East Bay
  Carnage at Western States - 2006
Battling the elements from Squaw Valley to Auburn.
  Quadruple Babble - 2005
2005 Quadruple Dipsea ramblings.
  The Quadruple Dipsea 2002
Price of admission: your mind.
  Double Dipsea Dirt - 2006
2006 Double Dipsea Ramblings
  It's All in the Shoes - and other 2005 Dipsea/Double Dipsea Trivia
Secrets, gossip, and philosophy.
  How to Run the Quadruple Dipsea and Have Fun Doing it
All one needs to know to finish "the Quad". A highly technical analysis for the hardcore runner.
  My Crazy Dipsea 2000
A beginner's trial on the famed course.
  Running Trivia and Mt. Tam Trail Quiz
Especially for Tamalpa Runners
  My Dream Proposal for a Marin Bay to Breakers 50k
This awesome layout allows the runner to go from China Camp to Stinson Beach with only one mile off-trail, crossing San Pedro Ridge, Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide, Loma Alta, White Hill (or Dickson Ridge), San Geronimo Ridge, and Mt. Tamalpais.
  Favorite Ascents of Mt. Tamalpais
Short, direct routes up Mt. Tamalpais.
  Ants use an internal "pedometer"
How ants tell how far they have traveled: possible implications for race course measurement! By Rebecca Morelle, Science reporter, BBC News.
  Do You Get Less Wet if You Run in the Rain?
A humorous, scientific analysis of the problem. By Nick Allen, M.Sc. in astrophysics.
  A Brief History of Carrying Stuff
"The road to glory can not be followed with much baggage." A guest essay by David Rothermich.
  Amazing Master's Performances Part 2: Women
  Amazing Master's Performances Part 1: Men
It ain't over 'til it's over

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