Brody Leven, the off-season runner
Just after landing in Santiago, Chile for a ski trip recently, Brody Leven, a Suunto-sponsored ski mountaineer, took a few minutes to answer some questions about running in the mountains.
What are you favorite places to run?
(All of these places are in Salt Lake City, because if I'm not in SLC I'm usually skiing someplace weird. which is the majority of the year ... ):
When the snow is barely melted: Mount Wire or Grandeur Peak
When the snow is more melted: Lake Blanche or Pfeifferhorn
When the snow is gone: twin Peaks, Little Cottonwood Ridgeline
You say, at the end of the video (below), "Moving fast, feeling light, is what makes me feel free." Could you expand on that quote?
Like in skiing, running requires certain gear depending on route conditions and comfort levels. Yes, you can go further and faster if you have less, but you need the right tools for the job in order to get there safely. I can't go very fast up a sketchy couloir without crampons on my feet, because kicking steps is slow. I can't go very far, then, either, because my toenails all break and I waste time crying.
I usually choose to walk the line that divides, in my opinion, sufficient gear and not enough gear. Preparation is different than gear, and can go far in the mountains. I try to go light, fast (for me), and prepared.
Check out Leven's mountain running video, Brodey Leven: A Ski Mountaineer's Offseason here: http://vimeo.com/71751633