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The Heights, Sights and More of the Best Mountain Sunglasses

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Glacier, mountains, hilltops, oh my. As a climber, you know the type of mountain sunglasses you wear are imperative to your hike and sight. You need to be able to see when the sun is shining and reflecting off of your surroundings; being blinded somewhere out in the wilderness is never a good idea. That’s also not to mention that you want to be able to see the beautiful sights around you. So, take a blast to the past to see how far high altitude sunglasses have come today and what that means for you as you search for the best mountain sunglasses for your next climb.  


The history of mountain sunglasses

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Knowing the history of such a vital piece of safety equipment is always recommended. It’ll help you understand whether the new high altitude sunglasses you’re considering are worth the climb or if they should be left behind. The history of glacier glasses also gives you a better understanding and appreciation for what your mountain sunglasses can do for you.

The blinding light found at the earth’s highest peaks have always been a hurdle for mountain climbers, even way back in the 1800s when high altitude sunglasses were first created. Jules Baud is responsible for making some of the very first mountain sunglasses in 1888, which lead him to becoming the founder of Julbo.

Come 1950, Julbo released their iconic Vermonter high altitude sunglasses, which changed mountain climbing entirely. Glacier glasses were no longer just safety equipment, but rather, a fashion accessory climbers can feel great and safe in.


The powerful science behind glacier glasses

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As you can imagine, there’s a lot of science infused into the lens of your glacier glasses. Every part and every detail is specifically designed to protect climbers from the hurdles that come with the earths highest altitudes.

With less distance between the climber and the sun, the UV rays are absolutely blinding. As such, glacier glasses are designed to filter them before they even reach your eyes. This isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity.

Many glacier glasses have a category 3 or category 4 rating (or ‘CE’). This is valuable information to be aware of, as the category states how much light gets in. For category 3 lenses, 8% to 18% of sunlight gets through, whereas with category 4 lenses, 3% to 8% of light gets through the lens. Both are exceptionally strong compared to regular sunglasses. So, if you’re looking for the best mountain sunglasses, look for these category lenses.


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Our popular Vermont Classic is a category 4 and perfect for climbing to the top of the earths peaks. Not only are they safe and highly effective, but the Vermont Classics are also a classic timepiece that are just as fashionable as they are authentic to the lifestyle. As such, they’re also more expensive than others but worth every penny. Remember, you get what you pay for and you never want to opt for cheap mountain sunglasses just to save some cash. It could potentially hurt your eyesight.

However, there are more affordable options such as the Explorer 2.0 mountain sunglasses (category 4) and the Tamang mountain sunglasses (category 4). As you can see, they are designed differently, which is something to consider when picking the best glacier glasses for your next climb. 

Not all mountain sunglasses are created equally. Remember, safety first, style second – and our high-altitude sunglasses have the best of both. Maximize your climb and experience with Vermont Classic glacier glasses. Julbo Canada has everything you need to trek to the top of the earth safely, comfortably, and stylishly.

At What Time and Where in the World is the Sun the Strongest?

The level of danger encountered while exposed to solar radation varies in accordance with several interconnected geophysical factors. 

More specifically, the level of solar radiation exposure will increase or decrease depending on the thickness of the ozone layer in the atmosphere (which acts as a natural filter), the season, and the angle of incidence of the sun's rays at that particular moment of the day. It should be noted that exposure to solar radiation is 25% higher at the autumn equinox than at the spring equinox when the ozone layer is thicker.

The ozone layer varies in thickness depending on where you are in world, and therefore offers differing degrees of protection. The amount of radiation varies as the sun's position changes during the course of the day. The risks linked to light will therefore also vary.

The angle of incidence of the sun's rays when they penetrate the ozone layer has a direct effect on the amount of filtration provided by the ozone. It is for this reason that radiation is strongest between 10 am and 3 pm, when the sun's rays are less diffused.

Julbo has developed a range of products specially adapted to these extreme conditions. They are made with Category 4 lenses, wraparound frames and protective side shields. Check out our mountain collection here.

Julbo Explorer

Julbo Ambassador David Le Porho a gagner sa course contre le soleil

Autour du Mont-Blanc, ce 21 juin dernier (journée la plus longue de l’année!), s’est déroulé le challenge Asics « Beat the sun ». L’Objectif? Parcourir, à travers trois pays (la France, l’Italie et la Suisse), 150 km en montagne, en avalant un dénivelé positif équivalent à la hauteur du Mont Everest (27 397 pieds). Le Challenge? Terminer le relai à l’intérieur de 15h41min (ce temps correspondant à la période d’ensoleillement).

« Beat the sun » est une super aventure, permettant aux coureurs expérimentés et amateurs de se retrouver en équipe pour courir un relai. Cinq équipes prennent le départ, chacune composée de 6 coureurs (experts et amateurs confondus), représentant 17 nationalités provenant de 5 continents.

Pour mon équipe, j’ai couru les 2 legs les plus longs du parcours de 13 legs (16km et 19km, respectivement). Les deux legs comportaient un dénivelé impressionnant (3000D+ au total) et des sections alpines, dont des sommets recouverts de neige et de grosse rocaille!

Cette épreuve était aussi difficile au niveau de l’effort à fournir (court, mais intense) qu’au niveau de la gestion de la transition entre les 2 legs, soit un temps de voyagement de 5 heures, incluant un long déplacement en auto. Il fallait doser son effort au 1er leg pour être en mesure de fournir une bonne performance au 2e leg.

Les équipes se sont prises au jeu, non seulement pour boucler le parcours avant le coucher du soleil, mais pour terminer la journée sur la première marche du podium. J’ai partagé de très bons moments avec mes compétiteurs, provenant du Kenya, Japon, France et Autriche, qui faisaient les mêmes legs que moi.

Notre équipe, celle des Amériques (Canada, Brésil, États-Unis) a remporté le challenge, à la fois sur le coucher du soleil (avec 38min d’avance), mais aussi sur les autres équipes (avec seulement 4s d’avance sur la 2ème équipe (Europe du sud)). Quel finish extraordinaire!

Tout au long de cette aventure, j’ai porté mes Julbo Venturi qui m’ont servi parfaitement à travers toutes les conditions climatiques et lumineuses que j’ai rencontré au fur et à mesure que j’avançais dans la course.

Restez à l’écoute! De superbes vidéos et photos sont à venir J.

9 Things to Know About our Spectron Polycarbonate Lenses


1 - All of our Spectron Polycarbonate lenses are completely shatterproof and made with ballistic material used for helicopter windshields. You can run it over, smash it with a hammer, drop them from a 50 story building, they won’t break.

2- The Spectron 4 (VLT 5%) is similar to the Spectron 3+, but provides maximum protection against dazzling sun in conditions of strong reverberation with the use of an anti-reflective coating.  This anti-reflective coating reduces eyestrain and eliminates interference glare. Spectron 4 lenses are perfects for mountain activities.


3 - The polarizing filter of the Polarized 3 (VLT 12%) and Polarized 3+ (VLT 11%) eliminate the glare from water surface snow or windshield for a better and clear vision. The Polarized filter 3+ produces the same mirror effect as the Spectron 3+ to improve the filtration of visible light.


4 - Spectron 3 and Polarized lenses are appropriate for driving but Spectron 4 is not recommended for driving because the lens is extremely dark.


5- Every Polycarbonate lenses can be use for mountains, performance or water sports. You will choose your lens depending of your light sensibility.


6 - If you wonder why you don't have a clear vision when getting into the woods or when the weather is cloudy, it is because Spectron Polycarbonate lenses are not photochromic and will not transition for you from light to dark or from dark to light.


7 - Our lenses and frames come with our lifetime warranty so rest assured that if anything goes wrong with Julbo’s eyewear, we’ll take care of and defect. Unfortunately we don’t cover scratched lenses from overuse or misuse.


8 - A special baby lens is available at Julbo. The Spectron 4 baby provides a maximum protection against Sun's UV rays.


9 - All of our Spectron Polycarbonate lenses offer an extreme suns UV ray's protection (VLT from 13% to 5% depending on the lenses).




9 Things to Know About Our Cameleon Lens

If you’re looking for a photochromic performance lens that’s going to give you some serious protection in the mountains, our Cameleon lens is the one for you.

Our Cameleon lens is the ultimate mountaineering, alpine climbing lens that blocks the sun’s harmful rays, cuts snow glair and keeps your eyes from burning in extreme environments. Our Cameleon lens has been used to conquer peaks from Everest to Rainer. Here are a few features and tech specs about the Cameleon lens you might not have known about.

1. Most of photochromic lenses are affected by extreme temperature. The Cameleon lens is non-temperature sensitive. It will transition ( 5-20% visible light transition / Category 2 to 4) from light to dark and dark to light in about 25 seconds regardless of how cold or hot it is.

2. In the mountains, especially on snow and glaciers, the sun can cast intense glares so we’ve fully polarized the Cameleon lens.

3. We’ve added an oil-repellent layer so it will shed rain or any moisture you may encounter in the alpine zone.

4. Our Cameleon lens comes with an exceptional anti-fog coating that fights moisture and condensation on the lens. Pro tip: If you sweat or have oil buildup on your lenses, be sure to wash it with a little dish soap and warm water, it’ll wash away any buildup from sweat.

5. All of our photochromic lenses are completely shatterproof and made with ballistic material used for helicopter windshields. You can run it over, smash it with a hammer, drop them from a 50 story building, they won’t break.

6. Our lenses and frames come with our lifetime warranty so rest assured that if anything goes wrong with Julbo’s eyewear, we’ll take care of and defect. Unfortunately we don’t cover scratched lenses from overuse or misuse.

7. If you’re driving with them on and wondering why you’re still squinting, it’s because our Cameleon lens is UV activated and your vehicle windshield has a protective UV layer, preventing the Cameleon lens from transitioning. 

8. The Cameleon lens is the darkest photochromic lens Julbo makes.

9. We also offer several ski goggles available with our Cameleon lens.



Quelles lunettes de soleil choisir pour Demi-marathon Mont-Tremblant?

Il vous reste un peu plus d'un mois pour vous préparer à Demi-marathon Mont-Tremblant. Avez-vous déjà choisit votre lunette de soleil ? Simple accessoire de mode ou réel outil d'aide à la performance, on vous aide à choisir votre monture et les verres.

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Le rendez-vous annuel des adeptes du 21k, qui se tiendra à Mont-Tremblant le 14 août 2016, approche à grand pas. Que ce soit l'objectif de votre saison ou d’une vie, la course à pied est une discipline exigeante, endurante et technique pour tout le monde. Ayez les mêmes attentes pour l'ensemble de votre équipement!

Considérée souvent à tort comme un simple accessoire de mode, la lunette de soleil, au-delà du style, peut être un réel outil d'aide à la performance.

L'un des principaux critères dans le choix de votre paire pour vos sorties doit être la légèreté. Plus une monture est légère, plus vous l'oublierez vite et pourrez la porter du début jusqu'à la fin.

Mais pour la garder sur le nez durant toute la course, il faut également que les verres s'adaptent à la luminosité ambiante tout en protégeant vos yeux des UV. Verre photochromique, évolutif, adaptatif, variable, changeant… quelque que soit le terme utilisé, l'intérêt pour vous reste le même : emmener une seule paire de lunettes de soleil pour faire face à toutes les situations d'ensoleillement et ce quel que soit le temps !

En plus de bénéficier d'une protection solaire optimale, il est également important d'éviter l'apparition de toute gêne visuelle dû notamment à la transpiration. Nos verres photochromiques Zebra (cat. 2 à 4) et Zebra Light (cat. 1 à 3) possèdent un traitement antibuée en face interne.

Et si en plus vous les combinez avec des verres suspendus, vous êtes sûr de ne jamais rencontrer ce problème !

Pour celles et ceux qui en ont besoin, vous pouvez également adapter nos lunettes de soleil techniques à votre vue. Si vous connaissez votre prescription, il suffit de la renseigner ici pour découvrir quelle monture est adaptable à votre vue.




Légères comme l'air.

Poids : 26g

Lunettes de soleil pour l'UTMB®



100% féminine et 100% performante

Poids : 34g

Lunettes de soleil pour l'UTMB®



Pour ceux qui aiment alller plus loin

Poids : 33g

Lunettes de soleil pour l'UTMB®



La nouvelle vision du trail running

Poids : 30g

Lunettes de soleil pour l'UTMB®


6 Things to Know About Our Zebra Light Lens

We believe that sunglasses should constantly be working and adjusting for you regardless of the weather and terrain you may encounter. That’s exactly what our photochromic lens technology does. They automatically adjust to the lighting conditions you travel through to help you stay focused while you’re climbing, running, riding or skiing. We developed our Zebra Light lens so you can see the terrain you’re moving through and protect your eyes even if it’s cloudy or shady in the woods. Our Zebra Light lens is perfect for races or training sessions that start in the dark and finish midday in the full sun.

  1. The Zebra Light lens is non-temperature sensitive so it will transition from light to dark and dark to light in about 25 seconds regardless of the heat or the cold.
  2. All of our photochromic performance sunglass lenses (Zebra, Zebra Light, Cameleon) have an anti-fog coating on the inside of the lens that will fight fog.
  3. Our photochromic technology is built into the lens so you can’t scratch it off and it will never stop transitioning and we guarantee it with our Lifetime Warranty.
  4. Our photochromic sunglass lenses (Zebra, Zebra Light, Cameleon, Octopus) are activated by the sun’s UV light and they protect your eyes from 100% A,B and C UV rays.
  5. If it’s muddy or raining, we’ve added a hydrophobic coating to the outside of the lens that repels oil and sheds water for peace of mind when conditions start to go south.
  6.  All of our performance lenses are completely shatter proof and highly scratch resistant. You can run them over or even take a sledge hammer to them and they will not break. The material used in each lens is the same material used in helicopter windshield so rest assured your eyes will be protected from the elements

We guarantee all the information above with our Lifetime Warranty. For the lifetime of the product it will work as designed or we will fix or replace your sunglasses at no charge.



Julbo Goggle Review: How to choose the right lens?

Philippe Gautier’s Review of Julbo’s Goggle lenses
Association of Canadian Mountain Guide Ski Guide
Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association
Owner and operator of Névé Expeditions: www.nevexp.com

Six weeks wearing Julbo lenses - first as a guide at a remote skiing lodge in the Coastal Range Mountains of British Columbia, and then, for more remote lodges, as a guide on various ski mountaineering trips through backcountry all the way from Whistler to Lake Louise.

I’m mainly looking for a go-to ski mountaineering lens, but I also need to know what’s out there for my other sportive pursuits. I figured that the ups and downs I’d encounter in both weather and terrain over the course of six weeks would be the perfect challenge for Julbo’s ambitious claim, ‘’Julbo, you only need one lens.’’ If what Julbo says is true, my actual mission is to figure out which one of their lenses best suits my adventurous needs. Which will it be? The Snow Tiger? The Zebra Light? The Zebra? Or  will it be the Cameleon?  Read on to find out.

Julbo Snow Tiger Lens

Snow Tiger

I used the Snow Tiger lens for the first time on my initial flight at a heli-skiing operation. The mountains and glaciers looked different to me, and it wasn’t only because I was seeing them for the first time – I was seeing them in pink! The Snow Tiger makes some snow textures appear in light tones of sparkling pink – never have I skied with a lens that is so sharp and precise that it reveals snow textures.

It took me a while to get used to seeing the world in pink, but it was worth it. For example, I was in a corn cycle and it was quickly apparent that I needed to ski ‘’The Pink.’’

My best experience using this lens was over a few hours on clear days in areas where I needed uncompromised visual acuity. For prolonged exposure to the sun or in lower-visibility conditions, I preferred the Cameleon or the Zebra light lens.

Julbo Goggle Zebra lens


The Zebra is a true in-between lens. It darkens well on clear days and brightens up nicely in lower-visibility conditions. If I had to carry only one lens for all weather conditions, this would be it. It’s great for anyone looking for a general all-weather lens.

Julbo Goggle Cameleon lens


The Cameleon was designed to handle a wide variety of light conditions. It’s a darker lens, and although I would like it to darken a little bit more on sunny days, it quickly adapts when the clouds roll in, and again, when the sun comes back out. Compared to the Snow Tiger, it will better protect my eyes for longer periods on clear days, but without as much contrast and definition, and definitely no pink!

Julbo Goggle Zebra light lens

Zebra Light

When it got nasty (think blowing snow in low-light conditions), the Zebra Light out-performed every other lens. In high overcast conditions, the thin clouds let enough UV through for the lens to react and darken a little more than it needs to, but otherwise, it’s great. My mission was to find a go-to ski-mountaineering lens, and I’ve found it.


In summary, the optimal weather conditions for each lens are as follows:

  • The Snow Tiger: Partly cloudy and, when needed, in clear sky conditions
  • The Zebra: All Weather
  • The Cameleon: Clear Skies
  • The Zebra Light: Blowing snow, cloudy and other snowy conditions

The Zebra Light is now my go-to ski mountaineering lens, and that’s because, generally, one lens is all I really need for ski mountaineering. However, when serving as a guide for any form of mechanized skiing, I’ll need a lot more from my lens, and that’s where the other lenses will come into play.



Tackle some Dirt!

Alexandre Provost - Adventure Racing

Gravel Grinders are Today’s new and refreshing road biking events. These are rides or races that mostly take place on gravel roads instead of on pavement. Participation is open to everyone, with no sanctioning or license needed.

I first took part in Rasputitsa in 2014 and I’m not sure I’ve ever had more fun on a bike. I only placed 48th, but I’d never been happier. I had a blast! How could I be bored with the massively amazing start, the friendly peeps, the strava segment, the maple syrup shots at the top of Cyberia*, all with the fun of being surrounded by a small group riding and attacking the hills?

*Cyberia: a segment of Rasputitsa where you may… or may not… be able to ride your bike…

Alexandre Provost - Adventure Racing

Rasputitsa attracts a wide variety of participants: roadies, mountain bikers, cyclo-crossers, riders on borrowed bikes and bearded single-speed dudes. Even the odd pro shows up sometimes! It makes out for a thrilling ride for everyone; you can to hang on to a group that matches your skill set, and hope for the best!

You don’t really need a cyclo-cross bike for the event, even though it’s on a gravel road. I’ve been using my road bike with 700x28 tires, and my friend used his regular 700x23 road tires and rode just fine! Some guys even showed up with fat bikes at Rasputitsa, and certainly found themselves riding with a certain edge in Cyberia!

Alexandre Provost - Adventure Racing

Like trail is to running, gravel races are not mainstream and probably won’t be (thank God) but the phenomenon is growing, and you can find more and more of them out there. The Après Vélo party is always certainly the highlight of the day - complete with a BBQ, local beer and your fellow adventurers’ stories of their day.

Dirty 40 and 100 à B7 are two very good organizations that offer fun days rife with challenges that are well worth the post-race endorphins payoff:

Raputitsa in April http://www.dirty40race.com/

Dirty40 on September 5th http://www.dirty40race.com/

100@B7 on October 4th http://100b7.com/index.php


Do yourself a favor and tackle some dirt this summer!

 Alex Provost


Expédition Alaska: la course pour les fous de course d'expédition

À chaque année, mes co-aventuriers et moi nous demandons quelle course-expédition aborder à l’année d’après. Expédition Alaska tombait bien dans nos cordes : navigation, terrain et conditions… tous difficiles. Bref, un regroupement d’éléments jouant en notre faveur! De plus, grâce aux 21 heures de clarté nordique par jour, nous allions en avoir plein la vue.

Quelques embûches plus tard, nous nous sommes finalement retrouvés au point de départ. Notre menu pour la semaine allait comprendre une traverse de glacier, du packraft sur rivières et lacs, une escalade de montagne, du rafting sur rivière glaciale et du vélo de montagne sur une route parsemée de cols et de sentiers. Pour le dessert : kayak de lac et de mer.

Le départ est donné! Nous débutons, sans lâcher les côtes des meneurs, sur le prologue de 20 km à partir de Lake Eklutna, à l’assaut du glacier! À la fin de notre longue journée parsemée de sommets et de crevasses, les troubles respiratoires qu’éprouvait notre co-équipière se sont aggravées. Nous terminons cette première transition en 6e place.

Le lendemain arrivé, notre quatuor devient trio – notre co-équipière ne reprend pas la course, suite à une attaque d’asthme. Les règlements de la course dictent que toute équipe ne terminant pas la course intacte serait placée dans une catégorie inférieure. Extrêmement déçus, nous avons tout de même continué, les 3 gars, le couteau entre les dents, déterminés à montrer que nous faisons partie de l’élite.

Nous nous embarquons dans la section nommée ‘’The Soul Crusher’’ par l’organisation, laquelle nous terminons avec le 2e meilleur temps après 36 heures de trek en montagne et packraft (la 1ère équipe a terminé en 34 heures). Une fois sur la montagne, tout se passait bien, mais la descente en a embêté plus d’un, même que certaines équipes en finirent après près de 3 jours…

Nous entamons les 5 prochains jours en donnant tout ce que nous avons pour parcourir le plus de distance après les gagnants. Avec un ronflant 9h de sommeil, nous rallions l’arrivée à Mile Zero de l’Iditarod Trail, au cœur de Seward.   

Les conditions furent difficiles et nous étions mouillés à 80% du temps, mais nous en revenons avec le sentiment d’avoir fait tout ce dont nous pouvions, en prenant en compte les circonstances.

Nous avons porté nos Julbo Venturi tout le long de l’expédition,  soit sur le glacier, en forêt et dans l’océan! Soumis à de telles conditions, les lentilles Zebra light étaient de mise et ont rempli leur rôle à merveille. Je crois les avoir gardé pendant un cycle complet de 24h sur le bout de mon nez alors que nous pagayions sous la pleine lune sur Lake Kenai!

Malgré qu’Expédition Alaska n’en fût qu’à sa première édition, nous avons eu le droit à une course plus grande que nature, s’étalant sur 6 jours et nuits, à laquelle nous avons rajouté un septième jour pour nous permettre de participer à la course Mount Marathon à Seward, AK.

J’ai parcouru le trajet avec mes partenaires habituels, Jean-Yves et Jonathan Dionne. J’ai une confiance sans bornes envers ces deux frères : nous avons bravé plusieurs tempêtes ensemble et en affronterons maintes autres. Nous nous complétons bien dans nos rôles, un élément important, lors toute course d’aventure, qui devient crucial lorsque la course et d’une telle longue durée.

Pour les intéressés, le lien ci-dessous vous amènera à découvrir la course d’aventure telle que décrit par la Canadian Adventure Racing Association : http://www.canadianadventureracing.com/#!about/cee51

Julbo Ambassador Laurra Perry Wins Finger Lakes 50M

Laura continues her winning streak as she prepares for the infamous Canadian Death Race. She is aiming for a top 3 results. If you want to learn about Laura's race, read her account bellow.

WOW, where to start?!?! I'm still in complete shock over how this race unfolded and how the day ended up! :)  What an amazing race! Finger Lakes is so well organized from start to finish, with amazing volunteers, aid stations, participants and a fabulous Race Director!

So let me take you back to why I signed up for this race... I wanted a race that was tough, muddy and would prepare me mentally for some of my upcoming races.  I had heard about Finger Lakes 50s a while back, and heard how the course was often "a complete mud-fest"... SOUNDED GOOD TO ME!

Well, in the days leading up to the race IT RAINED! and the forecast called for MORE RAIN... I enjoy mud to a point, but ONLY to a point.  I knew that this was going to be a tough one!  The worst part was that they were calling for thunderstorms, which made me nervous.  There are a lot of open cow pastures that we had to run across and I was scared to death about lightening! Oh well, not much I could do about it.

We arrived at our hotel only to learn that there was no kitchenette AND NO TOASTER!! (Anyone that knows me, knows that I actually have a "race toaster" that I bring to races that I know there won't be one in the room).  I am a creature of habit, so what did I do? I went and bought a 2nd "race toaster", my mind was at ease, I could have my bagel! DISASTER AVERTED!

We woke up at 4:00am to the lovely soothing sound of... you guessed it... RAIN! OH YAY! UGH!!

Before the race I started to think about all the great women I have been inspired by lately, my coach Ann Trason, Sally McRae, Kaci Lickteig, just to name a few.... I was ready to rock!

The hard part about this race is that the 50k and 50M all start together, and there's no way to know who's doing which race.  The gun (or actually the horn) went off, and people FLEW down the first section.  I tucked myself in just behind the lead pack of men and started running a very comfortable pace.  Soon I was running with another great female runner Nora McIver-Sheridan, she was awesome! She was doing her 1st 50k race, and was a blast to run with (she was speedy... and ended up winning the 50k, yaaaay Nora!!)

So what was the condition of the course you ask??? Well, there was MUD, some more MUD and MUD on top of MUD! 
This was actually an "ok" part of the course

There were many sections of the course where the mud and water was knee-deep, a true shoe-sucking course.  Bloody awful!! (and i loved it!)

The course isn't super hilly, but it is technical and has non-stop rollers.  The first loop flew by so fast, it was incredible! My legs felt fabulous, and I was in such a good place mentally.  I remember coming through the first 26k split and saying to the RD Steve Shaum "Oh, I'm definitely doing the 50M, this is awesome!"

As the day progress the course just kept getting worse! The mud sections became deeper and longer and the water-logged sections got WAAAAY worse.  But it really didn't bother me, I knew I was running strong.  At one point I passed 2 guys that were running together, and they said "you're running strong, are you in the 50k?"  I replied "Nope, 50 mile"... in my head I thought "yup, you just got chicked!"

On the 3rd loop Corey jumped in with me to pace me (he needed to get a run in anyway, so it worked out perfectly).  Corey kept me moving (often faster than I would've liked) and he encouraged me to "keep moving" when the mud started to REALLY PISS ME OFF! He would say to me "you're tougher than the pain".  I don't remember how many men I passed on my last loop, but it was a lot!!

Now, don't get me wrong, the race wasn't all sunshine and rainbows! I had some really low points where my hips were screaming at me, and my legs were slipping and sliding through the mud. I took one really nasty fall and ended up banging up my knee pretty badly.  BUT I didn't let it get me down, I just kept pushing forward.  I kept saying to myself  "channel your inner-Ann", and it worked! Man-oh-man does she inspire me!!! 

I crossed the finish line 1st place female, 7th overall and 1hour and 32 minutes ahead of the 2nd place female!  I got the most amazing trophy (a GIANT cow), a growler of local Pale Ale, a pint glass, and a fleece jacket!  

Awesome Cow Trophy! (we ran through cow pastures!!)
I met some truly amazing people during this race includingKevin Hartstein and Nancy Kleinrock!  I also learned a lot about how much suffering I can endure with a positive attitude.  I also learned that Corey truly believes in me, and only pushes me because he knows I can take it (thanks babe). 
Corey and I 
Andrew Simpson and I

My now "retired" Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2s

Just a weeeee bit muddy

Top 15


 A HUGE thank you to my parents and Corey for crewing for me during the day and making sure that my nutrition was on-point!

I want to thank my amazing coach Ann Trason for making sure I was 100% prepared for this race.  Ann is caring, passionate and so motivating!!  We went into this race with the plan to run it as a training run for my upcoming races, and I did just that! I felt strong all day, and really learned what i need to do for the rest of the season.  Without Ann's guidance I don't know if this would've been possible!

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Can Clouds Protect your Eyes Against the Dangers of the Sun?

It is important to remember that, even in cloudy conditions, the sun is still dangerous in the mountains.

You should not count on overcast skies to protect you as cloud cover provides only limited filtration. While UV light can be stopped by some clouds (alto-cumulus), cirrus clouds have no filtration effect at all.

50% of the sun's radiation passes through fog. It is therefore necessary to protect yourself in the mountains, even when conditions are cloudy.

At high altitudes in overcast conditions, you may frequently find yourself in the upper layer of the clouds. The radiation here is intense due to the effects of light diffraction. The risks are therefore even higher than in fine weather.

Julbo has developed a range of products specially adapted to these extreme conditions that combine Category 4 lenses, wraparound frames and protective side shields. Check out our mountain collection 

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The Most Common Eye Disorders Found in Climbers

****DISCLAIMER:  For informational purposes only. Readers should report any discomfort or pain to their eyes to their doctor.


Solar radiation is estimated to increase in intensity by 10% at every 1,000 m altitude threshold. Exposing oneself (and one's eyes) to UVB rays at these heights is particularly dangerous. It can never be said enough: neglecting to wear sunglasses in high-altitude light environments can lead to permanent eye damage. 
The 4 most common eye disorders among climbers are: photokeratitis or snow blindness, erythropsia, white-out syndrome, and corneal frostbiteAll of these disorders can be prevented by making sure proper eyewear is part of your equipment when setting out into high-altitude light environments.



1- Photokeratitis or Snow Blindness

Condition & Cause: Erosion of the epithelium (the layer of surface cells covering the cornea), caused by extended exposure to intense light (high UVB radiation).

Symptoms: 4 to 6 hrs after exposure, you will feel pain and a granular sensation under the eyelids. You will also experience photophobia (pain increased when in the presence of light). Conjunctival redness, excessive tear secretion, swelling of the eyelids and difficulty opening the eyes, as well as intense blepharospasm (involuntary blinking of the eye), are also symptoms.

Treatment: Rest in a dark room / eye patch(es) / application of an antiseptic eye wash and ophthalmic ointment. During recovery, avoid eye washes containing an anaesthetic. Contact lenses must not be worn for 4 to 5 days.

2- Erythropsia

Condition & Cause: Exhaustion of the retina resulting from prolonged exposure to intense light stimulation. This disorder is rarer than snow blindness.

Symptoms: Objects take on an abnormal reddish hue.

Treatment: Rest in a dark room, application of eye patches and ophthalmic ointment

Snow blindness and erythropsia do not have long-term after-effects if treated in time. However, snow blindness can endanger the lives of mountaineers in high-altitude environments by depriving them of their vision while mountaineering.

3- White-out Syndrome

Condition & Cause: Frostbite of the eye or eyelids as a result of being exposed to extremely cold temperatures.

Symptoms: Initially, you will experience pain, blurred vision, photophobia and excessive tear secretion, or even a total loss of vision. Later, symptoms include a reduced visual acuity that is associated with a loss of depth perception  resulting in disorientation and sensations of vertigo on the field.

Treatment: Protecting the eyes from cold, and warming them up should ensure good recovery.

4- Corneal Frostbite

Condition & Cause: The temperature of the cornea is reduced to a temperature between 29 and 36 °C. Extreme cold and/or snow combined with wind can lead to frostbite of the cornea.

Symptoms: At first you will experience blurred vision, excessive tear secretion, photophobia or even a total loss of vision. Later, symptoms include a reduced visual acuity associated with a loss of perception of depth perception resulting in disorientation and sensations of vertigo on the field.

Treatment: Removal from the cold. Eye patch(es) and gradual passive heating  for 2 to 3 days. Tip while on the field: use a warm teabag to heat up the eye.

Warning: If not treated correctly, corneal frostbite can lead to necrosis and you could even lose your eye.



Remember that all of these disorders can be prevented by wearing equipment suitable for high-altitude conditions. Julbo has developed a range of products specially adapted to the conditions mountaineers find themselves in. Our protective eyewear is equipped with Category 4 lenses, wraparound frames and protective side shields. Check out our mountain collection


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Comment choisir une lunette de soleil pour enfant? Allez-y pour la lentille!


Les filtres solaires doivent répondre à la norme européenne (EN1836). Plus particulièrement, ils doivent :

•bloquer 100% des rayons UV;
•empêcher l’éblouissement;
•avoir une résistance mécanique suffisante (déterminé selon un test d’impact);
•avoir une qualité optique suffisante (catégorie optique ou indice minimum de 1 ou 2; détails dans le tableau ci-dessous):

Tous les modèles Julbo vous sont proposés en indice 3, pour une protection polyvalente, et en indice 4 pour une protection optimum en milieu très exposé; et pour les plus petits.

Tous les modèles de lunettes solaires Julbo sont équipés de nos verres Spectron 3, Spectron 4 ou Spectron 4 Baby. Pour répondre aux normes de sécurité et de confort, ces verres sont fabriqués en polycarbonate (les verres minéraux étant dangereux en cas de bris). 


Le Polar Junior est un verre polarisant qui s'adapte bien aux lunettes d’enfants. Plus léger, son filtre polarisant coupe les reflets (ex : à la surface de l’eau) et permet à son porteur de lire le terrain plus finement grâce à l’accentuation des contrastes.

Le verre Zebra est un verre photochromique, proposé sur certains modèles sportifs. Son niveau de protection s'adapte aux conditions lumineuses environnantes.

Son indice de protection varie entre le 2 et le 4, permettant aux enfants de porter leurs lunettes toute la journée, peu importe la météo.

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