At 8 months old my passion for adventure was born when my parents loaded me in their backpack for a ski-touring trip on Mt. Garibaldi near Squamish, British Columbia. Today I am a mountain ultra-runner, skier, photographer and self-diagnosed victim of Adventure Deficit Disorder.
I was never a runner growing up. As a kid the closest thing to running I ever did was take a few laps during soccer practice when I irritated my coach. I played soccer until 18 but my real passion was always skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. I skied at a locally competitive level in halfpipe and slopestyle from 2003 – 2006. A few too many concussions steered me away from the terrain park and into powder which is where I choose to spend my time on hill these days. In the summers I substituted skiing with downhill mountain biking on the North Shore. I credit my years biking with my comfort running fast down technical terrain. I still ski but find myself biking less and less these days as I focus more on running.
In early 2013 Connor Meakin and I started running the False Creek Seawall together before work to get in shape. Those morning runs snowballed into us running the Bagel Chase (a week long 5km challenge), the Sun Run, and then the BMO Marathon. In July of that year Connor convinced me to sign up for our first trail run, the Grey Rock 50km in Yakima, Washington, where we tied for 4th place. I haven’t looked back since.
A life long learner and passionate photographer, when I’m not running through Vancouver’s North Shore mountains I can usually be found reading or working on photographs.
Strava: Chris Jones