Climate Run 2017: Arctic Trail

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Raised by 22 people in 24 months
In August 2017, I plan to run the Arctic Trail, a 500-mile route that traverses remote mountainous terrain between Norway, Sweden, and Finland -- all above the Arctic Circle. I hope to set the FKT (Fastest Known Time) for completing a largely self-supported run on the trail while bearing witness to a rapidly changing climate in the region and its effects on local indigenous Sami communities and on mountain cultures and environments along the way.

I am raising money to support the planning, travel, equipment, and supplies needed for this extended 12 to 14-day wilderness run. The money I raise will be spent directly on airfare and other travel, on food, and on the specialized equipment I will need to help reach my goal to cover 40 miles each day. 


Your donation helps to realize the principal goals of the Climate Run project:

To bear witness to changing ecologies and cultures in the face of a rapidly changing climate;
To cultivate conversation and build community around climate resilience;
To change the narrative about climate change from one of resistance to one of resilience.

This campaign seeks to match a Live Your Dream grant from the American Alpine Club to help make this run a reality! I am raising money to support the planning, travel, equipment, and supplies needed for this extended 12 to 14-day wilderness run. The money I raise will be spent directly on airfare and other travel, on food, and on the equipment I will need to help reach my goal to cover 40 miles each day.

As I prepare for next summer, I continue to build on the success of the 2015 Climate Run: Iceland , a 150-mile run south-to-north across Iceland. My goal was not only to complete the run but to share stories and images about building climate resilience in the outdoor community. As part of the 44-hour run, I also collected water samples for microplastics research with Adventure Scientists (which I will continue in 2017), and since the run, I've given presentations to hundreds of people across the U.S. and Europe about climate change, athletics, resilience, and vulnerability. I plan to continue outreach and to speak about these critical issues in the months leading up to the 2017 Arctic Run as well as upon its successful completion.


Climate Run has been recognized as an official award selection by SHIFT (Shaping How We Invest in Tomorrow; 2016), and as one of Vermont’s Top Ten Athletes [“The Climate (Game) Changer”] in 2015 . For my work with Climate Run, I have been featured in National Geographic Voice Blog, Vermont Sports Magazine, and other publications , and in March 2017, I will present at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on the connections between ecology and education inspired by the Climate Run project.

The more people I have believing in this important cause -- one of the most important issues of our lifetime -- the greater the chance I’ll succeed. I plan to dedicate this run not only to the project goals but also to everyone who has helped and whose strength and energy I will lean on between now and when I finish the run in the small town of Kautokenio in far northern Norway.

Thank you so much for your support!

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I'm taking a few days in Tromsø, Norway, to rest up and make last minute preparations for next week's start to the Arctic Trail run. The weather is, as locals tell us, unbelievably warm -- highs near 70 -- at a latitude of 69 degrees! I only hope the fair weather will hold...
From our last full day in Svalbard
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As I head to Svalbard this Sunday, I will take with me all of your support, kind words, and inspiration -- these may be the most important things I will carry. I hope you're all able to visit climaterun.org and follow along in real time when I start the run on August 1st.

Thank you :)
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Only 53 days to go!!

On August 1st, I'll head out from Sulitjelma in northern Norway for the start of the 500 mile Arctic Trail run. I am grateful for all the support and encouragement throughout the planning and training so far.

In the next month, I am trying to reach the $4,500 goal by matching the $750 grant I recently received from the American Alpine Club for Climate Run. If you can help, it would go a long way toward making both the run and sharing the stories of the journey much more successful.

Thank you!
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Wow! Only 3,000 hours!! That's how long it is until the start of this summer's Arctic Trail Run. I like thinking about the time in hours because it seems more tangible than 4 months (which still seems like a long time). If I think about the hours I spend training each week and the hours it takes to plan out this event, then thinking in hours gives me perspective, gives me pause, and also motivates and inspires me to make the most of each and every one of those hours.

Thanks to everyone's generous support, I've been able to start assembling the ultralight gear I'll need for the run: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, stove, and pack -- all of which weigh in a scant 4.5 lbs *combined*. I can't wait to start trying it all out on our local trails here in Vermont when the weather starts to look a little more like spring :)
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Created December 19, 2016
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