Photographer Myke Hermsmeyer was lucky enough to follow HOKA Athlete Jim Walmsley through his course record-smashing win at Gorge Waterfalls 100k. Myke shares the Gorge 100k course through his eyes.
“Chasing waterfalls in the a Columbia River Gorge. I’ve lived in Montana for 10 years and somehow never got the chance to properly visit my PNW neighbors. It may not have the treeless dramatic peaks and vistas found elsewhere in the west, but the beauty of the lush and temperate rainforest is surreal. In another life I probably would have wound up in Oregon instead of Montana and hopefully I can find an excuse to get back to this gorgeous corner of the country soon. Jim punched his Golden Ticket running solo all day way up front taking down the course record by over 45 minutes in 8:20:29, about an hour in front of 2nd. The course had a couple small reroutes (less than .5 overall difference) but snow, downed logs and muddy bypasses slowed things down. Time to get to work on that sub-14 hour.”