We’ve all had the experience of scrolling through Instagram, seeing pictures of perfect stretches of scenic single track reaching to the horizon and wondering, “How did that person know where to go?” I think we can be guilty of running common or popular routes, whether it’s our after-work loop or the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim-to-rim. We tend to flock to places frequented by other runners.
Amelia lives in a tiny yellow house in Missoula, Montana with her husband Jamie and their dog Piper. Together they own a business called Cairn Cartographics making trail maps for Wilderness areas in Western Montana. Amelia spends her summers running trails to GPS them and driving around in the mountains to research places for their next map. In the cooler months Jamie helps her turn the data she collects into beautiful, super-accurate maps and she runs the trails around Missoula where the closest trailhead is an eight minute run from her back door.