Mt. Tamalpais (Coast Miwok) has been a love of mine since I moved to the Marin Headlands in 2013. It was one of the first places I went camping in the Bay, and I still remember the first time I rode my (then new) bike to the top. Coincidentally the same day, now that I think about it. Running wise, it never ceases to surprise. You can hit the trails under the canopy and see the running Redwood Creek below; follow ridge lines along the mountain under fog or barren sunlight; and you can either stay high or run yourself all the way down to nearby Stinson Beach. The weather is another factor: you never know what you're gonna get. It’s the Bay, after all, so Pack accordingly.
For this shoot, we arrived above Muir Woods at about 5:30am. I used to work with Yakuta; she was one of my supervisors at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and a powerful ultrarunner. At the time, I was training for my first Ironman, so we were operating in related realms of long-distance suffering. And, we both loved it.
6 years later since, I loved having the opportunity to reconnect through this familiar pursuit. The approach was casual and photojournalistic, we simply ran and, because we both knew the mountain well, it was easy to figure out where to go for some potential photo opps. We ran through different trails and were done just in time for breakfast.
Following are some of the photos we took that morning.