Some new twists on trail running
Photo by Dave Costello
A few years ago I was running on Mount Pirongia in New Zealand with my friends Robbie Walsh and James Cook, when Robbie suddenly sprinted up a tree and did a back-flip. He landed awkwardly and fell over, rolled up with a huge dopey grin on his face, exclaimed, "Cool!" then sprinted toward a large rock outcropping 20 meters off trail.
"What are you doing?!" I yelled.
"I'm going to jump off this rock!" he replied, just before kicking off a tree and propelling himself up the rock face.
I looked over at James, hoping that he might know why Robbie had apparently gone off the deep end, literally. But he just shrugged his shoulders, ran into the forest and spun a 360 off a log.