Category Archives: Mustang Trail Race 2014

Introduction to 2014 Mustang Trail Race scrapbook

When, upon race organizer & friend Richard Bull’s suggestion, I decided to participate in this spring’s Mustang trail race, I started a scrapbook on my blog to document and share my pre-race armchair explorations and thoughts. The scrapbook consists of all posts in the category named after the race, with the most recent one on top. The earliest three posts (at the bottom) were written before I knew that I would participate, but either have something to say about the race, or Mustang, or were otherwise relevant.

Each post can be read as an independent piece, but most link to one or more other posts in the series. The order in which they were written is not necessarily the most ‘logical’ order to read them, but, ultimately, is as good as any.

For those with a need for order, it makes sense to start with:

 The post in which I introduce who’s talking so you are aware what frames my perspectives (disclosure for the Mustang race scrapbook).
 And the post that gives my thoughts on the why I think it matters to share these perspectives (an idiosyncratic scrapbook)

And it is best to read the political journalist’s Mustang before mountains, people, roads and other fantasies.

Otherwise, it doesn’t matter really.

Four posts are about trail running more generally. For me they belong in this scrapbook because they were all written with (me) running trails in Nepal in mind. But, for those of you that are less interested in these more general ramblings, skip: ‘trail trends’, ‘art beats info’, ‘the fuzzy category of trails’, and ‘pedestrianism and the fuzzy category of running’.

The posts link to plenty documentaries, articles, and resources, so together they also are somewhat of a repository of interesting material for anyone visiting (and running) in Mustang, and often elsewhere in Nepal. So digesting it all is not possible in one or even several sessions. Too many goodies. And too much to think about. So grazing is the best way to go about it. Bits and pieces whenever you feel like it, with enough time in between to digest each scrap.

I enjoyed preparing this scrapbook, I hope that if offers you enough attention grabbers to remember the gist of when you are on the trails in Nepal. Because that is what they are really for: reminders. As will become evident when you start reading.

nepalese eye candy

I’m no mountainbiker, and generally not a fan of the dicovery/nat geo kinda visuals, let alone when accompanied by the spin-doctoring text and sound that characterizes that genre. But taste doesn’t rob me of the ability to appreciate craftsmanship. And … Continue reading

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same same but different

Yes, I’d said no more Mustang, but as no one listens anyway, who cares. The Chevaliers du Vent took their Annapurna Mandala Trail to Upper Mustang in 2012. Fabien Brusson‘s documentary about this multi stage has just been uploaded to … Continue reading

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the winds of Mustang

Thought that nothing remained to add to the 2014 Mustang Trail Race scrapbook. Just written my wrap up post and alerted the other group members to it when Italian yogi Tite Togni asked me if my description of the experience as … Continue reading

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2014 Mustang Trail Race wrap up

I takes a really good writer to turn the personal into something of relevance to others. Those who can, have a great tool because nothing convinces more than a personal narrative, no better way to get an opinion, a perspective, … Continue reading

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pedestrianism and the fuzzy category of running

As an arm-chair enthusiast trailrunner (ace for you), who thus spends quite some time in the world of running, I may be forgiven for the occasional spring cleaning tendency, the need to bring some conceptual order in all that I come … Continue reading

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the fuzzy category of trails

Fuzzy categories offer an endless source of fascination. Take the relatively new concept of running trails. Let’s not start in prehistory, but just go back half a century. when running – as a sport – could reasonably be classified into … Continue reading

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art beats info

With plenty of time on my hands, and an unhealthy eagerness for information, I find it difficult to avoid a regular and tedious feeling of deja vu. Let me illustrate with a subject matter that I follow on a permanent … Continue reading

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Mustang, one more time about the running

I said earlier that the Mustang trail race is not an extreme multi-day event. That, mind you, is not to say that it is easy. And that, in turn, is not going to deter anyone interested in a race like … Continue reading

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mountains, people, roads and other fantasies

I’ve been rambling about the importance and the fun to prepare yourself a bit for what awaits you in far-away places, i.c. Nepal’s Mustang region. And my hopes for a collection of eye-opening and/or stereotype-countering reminders to give myself (and … Continue reading

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an idiosyncratic scrapbook

You may wonder why I label my Mustang Trail Race reflections a scrapbook. Well maybe you don’t because my whole blog of fancies follows that approach.

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Mustang, the tangible heritage

Time for a more conventional post about Mustang. No reason to only piss against the wind. Mustang’s most spectacular tangible heritage are probably its caves. Here the National Geographic story; its documentary in three parts is embedded below.

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Mustang trail race, what about the running?

A post for those for whom this is their first multi-day event. All this talk about the place, but what about the running? The event site‘s FAQ redirects you to some great resources for training and other stuff to think … Continue reading

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the political journalist’s Mustang

There are travellers and arm-chair travellers and those that combine both pursuits. I would imagine that the majority of travellers these days are in the last category. Holidays for most are very short escapes from normal life, and arm-chair engagement … Continue reading

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disclosure for the Mustang race scrapbook

Disclosure zero: the race organizer, Richard Bull, is a good friend. Putting together a scrapbook is always a very personal project. My scrapbook is never going to be yours. The information out there, including this scrapbook, is stupendous and easily accessible. … Continue reading

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running Mustang

Looks like I’ll be returning to the Nepal Himalaya. Joining Richard at the Mustang trail race, and doing some recce and research for him. Details to be hashed out. I’ll use this blog as a scrapbook for anything remotely connected to … Continue reading

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trail trends

My recent review of trailrunning in Nepal mentioned some general trends in (ultra) trailrunning. Being an armchair enthusiast, not a competitive runner, nor otherwise actively involved in the scene, this kinda analysis has to be seen for what it is. I follow … Continue reading

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Looking back on 2013: trailrunning in Nepal

When I suggested to Richard Bull that he do a review of 2013 for trailrunningnepal.org I could have known what would be his answer. No-brainer really, and had he asked me first I would have done the same. So here’s my … Continue reading

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defeated by Cairo, saved by the Gezira club

Before moving to Cairo I was cocky: Cairo and Egypt are virgin territory on the cyberspace running map but whatever the reason it wouldn’t stop me. Then I moved to Cairo and reality hit. But I discovered Wadi Degla and … Continue reading

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