Mike Foote is the fastest yurt-dwelling ultrarunner in Missoula, Montana. In 2011, he was a surprise first American to cross the line at UTMB, and in early 2012, he broke the course record at the Bighorn 100 before placing first at the Ultramarathon de los Andes — an 80K loop through the foothills of the Andes Mountains — later that same year. Mike stood atop the podium at the 2013 Moab Trail Marathon, and in 2014 he finished second at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail.
The North Face ultrarunners Mike Foote and Mike Wolfe, accompanied by photographer Steven Gnam, will spend the next four weeks running from Missoula, Montana to Banff, Alberta. They will cover 600 miles, traveling 35-40 miles per day with as little gear as possible. Follow their progress along the #crowntraverse here. Feature image: Steven Gnam