As mountain runners and ultrarunners, it can feel natural to tackle more technical, high consequence terrain—readily available in the backcountry and often highly appealing. What is the role of “scrambling” in mountain and ultrarunning, and what are some best practices for approaching it?
The vast majority of ultrarunners pursue the sport for much more varied and interesting reasons than simply trying to optimize their physical performance. I believe most ultrarunners will improve and grow in their race performance and in their relationship to running via paying attention to the mindset and attitude they bring to the pursuit. What is this mindset? I think it can be boiled down to two main tenets.