Long Time

Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to give a quick update about what I’ve had going on. 2019 was an odd year and I’ll wrap that up in another post(this will be a very long entry. I’ll link it here when it’s done). In the mean time I’d just like to give a quick explanation of what 2020 hopefully has to offer.

Oregruns

Oregruns is an idea that I’ve been floating around for a while. It’s basically the idea that a loose group of athletes with the same idiotic spirit should form a group. These are folks who see ridiculous conditions on the forecast and think, “That looks fun.” These are folks who don’t bat an eye at PNW rain. These are folks who see snow and get a warm feeling. These are folks who always think, “Why not?”

On a side note, I had a middle school teacher who had a sticker in her classroom which read, “Some people look at things and think, “Why?” While others dream of things and think “Why not?” Thanks Brenda.

When I think of Oregon I think of what’s near the PNW. Oregon to me is the PNW. This includes some of BC, all of Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana, and Northern California. Someone that grew up in Washington may have a similar idea of what defines Washington. To me they’re the same thing by another name. Some may call it Jefferson. Some may call it The Pacific Northwest.

So what else is going on for 2020?

Work

So for the time being I’m working at Intel(Ronler Acres) in Hillsboro. I live just about 2 miles from work. I work condensed shifts in the D1X fabrication foundry. I’m not sure what to say about this work. It’s unique. It’s somewhat exciting because I’m a very important part of a dynamic and changing environment. I get to be a key player in what will influence technology in the future. What I am involved with will likely be in your desktop, laptop, or mobile device in the next few years.

Part of what makes Intel important to me is that they’re taking a chance with me. I’m very appreciative and can’t wait to influence the world in this way. This is very good paying and stable employment. They’re understanding and flexible. They understand that working to live is important.

Organ Donation

So I’ve decided to donate an organ. Well, rather, I decided a few years ago to donate an organ. The list never called me up to the big leagues. I was browsing Reddit back in August 2019, I think. I’d found a comment by a guy who was talking about organ donation. He clearly needed an organ but was reluctant to say it. He helped others with questions about the process. He was pressed to post his information and when he did I jumped on it. His comment was pretty quickly deleted. It’s been quite a few months, quite a few blood tests and pulmonary function tests(I have a history of asthma). I’ll know on January 20th if I’m approved to be his donor. My finances are covered by a very generous grant(Thank You). I’m excited to donate my extra kidney to Cliff in Michigan.

Filming/ChadRuns

I want to expand my filming business by quite a bit this year. I want to attend more races. I want to setup a better storefront to access my media. My media is unique in that it’s a very raw and unique look at trail running. I film most folks in a way that other’s don’t. Runners connect with my product. I just need to get myself out there with a better storefront. I’m excited about this in 2020. I’ve just about setup all the backend stuff for this venture, so expect a big announcement soon.

Race Schedule

Oh man, my race schedule for 2020 isn’t what I expected. My big event is the 73 miler up at Bigfoot in August. This event will coincide with my birthday. I’ll get to see *trail* friends I haven’t seen in over a year. I couldn’t be more excited for this event.

Before that, though, I have a few other events to attend to. The Megafatass, some half marathons, some PDX Trail Series events, and a handful of other fun events are going to fill my calendar.

I also really hope to get my brother into longer distance running. This is somewhat important to me.

Expect a long post summarizing 2019 in the near future.

Hardesty Trail

I recently got a Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal. It’s a pretty interesting device that allows for pretty much any modern smartphone or GoPro to be mounted in it.

What it does is stabilize the device that you mount in it. This produces smooth video footage while you’re moving.

I pair the gimbal with an app called Filmic Pro. Filmic Pro is a pretty useful app that integrates with the Smooth 4 very well.

The device I’m filming with, unfortunately, is my Samsung Galaxy S7. It does a decent job recording at 1080p and can only do 30fps because of a software limitation that doesn’t allow 3rd party apps to do 60fps recording. Thanks Samsung.

Zhiyun Smooth 4

I’ll be producing more quality content using this setup in the future. At the moment I’m learning how to properly edit footage.

One issue is my laptop’s power. It somewhat struggles editing footage and especially exporting it. I’ll be figuring out how to work around that.

The Smooth 4 case fits super well in my running pack, the Ultimate Direction Jurek pack, so it’s coming along with me for most of my runs. I’ll be filming a Table Mountain run tomorrow.

In the mean time below is an unedited video of Hardesty Trail in Forest Park, Portland, Oregon.

Route Making 101

Running in the wilderness can be intimidating for a variety of reasons. Knowing where you are, your route, and how to get to safety shouldn’t keep you out of the woods. I use a pretty simple setup to make sure I always have the maps, trails,and routes I’ll need on a run.

The tools I use are Caltopo and Backcountry Navigator Pro(Android).

Backcountry has a free trial, I believe, but it’s entirely worth the purchase. This app has allowed me to go places I’d never go before. Most importantly it’s saved my life a couple of times. Before beginning any adventure you should know how to use it. Get familiar with it before heading out.

Caltopo is an absolutely phenomenal tool and it’s free. I do pay for it but only because I’ve used it so much. They have a great knowledge base, here’s a link. I’d highly recommend going there.

First thing I do is head into Caltopo. My preferred maps are MapBuilder Topo, Thunderforest(Open Street Map) and the 2016 Forest Service map. I’ll also download aerial imagery for visual reference. Imagery is useful for finding clearings or knowing what kind of vegetation you’re heading into.

Once I’ve scouted the area using different maps I use the ‘Add Line’ tool which is located in ‘Add New Object’. Once you select the ‘Add Line’ tool there will be a small drop down in the top right corner of the map called Snap To. This is insanely useful. You can choose which map your line will snap to, or automatically follow. This makes creating routes along trails really easy. It saves so much time. The drop down lists OSM, USFS, Hydro, and Lines. I mainly use OSM and USFS because they’re what I need. Which one I use depends on the area and maps I’ll be using. They’re both accurate enough. Any yellow trails you can snap to.

The tools you’ll use while creating a basic route.

Once your route is all done you’ll need to label it. Labeling it will also end the route. You can change your line weight(thickness), color, and design. I tend to go with weight 4 and a color that stands out.

So you’ve made your route, labeled it, now you need to save it. You can save it by clicking ‘Save This Map’ under your login located in the upper left.

Save your route.

Your route and map are saved. Now you need to get your route onto your mobile device. The easiest way to do this is to export your route as a GPX file. You can find this option on the top menu bar located under ‘Export’. Most map apps will accept a GPX file.

Export a GPX file on desktop.

Now all you need to do is import your GPX file into your app. For me this is Backcountry Navigator. This app makes it as easy as opening the file because it’s the default handler for gpx files.

You’ll need to download your maps that your route goes through. For this I’m just going to link you to Backcountry’s tutorial on this. They explain it much better than I can. Click here to go there.

Now you have your route and maps downloaded. You can use these in airplane mode without issue. You should never get lost and you’ll always know where you are.

Have fun!

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