What is it about trail running that is so satisfying at the basic, animal level? A long, hard run, high in the canyon and away from everyone is the surest way to clear the mind and free up writer’s block or the frustrations of modern life. The best.

So imagine the surprise of coming off Mt Baldy Peak early this afternoon and running smack into an aid station for the Discrete Peak Series race at the top of Wildcat lift. A short conversation and free Pro Bar later, his curiosity piqued, your correspondent ran to the Albion Lodge in time to catch the 3 PM race start and enjoy the festivities.

Sponsored by Discrete Clothing, this was the second of three in the 2016 series and had 300 registered racers. When asked about the race impetus Jeremiah Dekle, who was working the finish line, had this to say: “It’s all about getting the average Joe (and Jill) to bag a peak.” What a great idea. Brett Hale of Salt Lake finished first on the 7.2 mile course with a smokin’ time of 1:02:29. Nothing your blogger couldn’t match… in his truck.

Brett Hale at the end of the race.

Cool Air concerts continued

Tonight’s show was supposed to feature Buckwheat Zydeco but due to an emergency it was filled by the Kimock Band featuring Steve Kimock, whose legendary guitar work is often associated with various members of the Grateful Dead. They played a great set to a packed crowd with Laurie Mendelsen’s soulful vocals carrying the canyon and everyone in it into the twilight.

The opening act of Utah local Daniel Weldon on guitar accompanied by Ryan Hawthorne on mandolin and slide guitar started the night right. They performed Dan’s latest album in its entirety, which was a unique way to play a set. But it was their killer rendition of Lowell George’s “Willin” with just the two instruments that was the highlight of the night. Little Feat couldn’t have done better.

Dan Weldon playing live.