Adam Campbell: Finding Solace

[Editor’s Note: It’s iRunFar’s “Week of Awesome.” Each day this week, we’re bringing you an awesome story from trail running and ultrarunning. Someone to follow, something to learn, or a story to be inspired by, our hope is to add some joy to your day.]

Trail runner Adam Campbell has a storied relationship with nature; it’s perhaps where he’s found his highest highs and lowest lows. January of 2020 brought great tragedy when his wife Laura Kosakoski died as a result of injuries sustained in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Canada’s Banff National Park. Ultimately, as we see in this very short film “Adam Campbell: Finding Solace” by Arc’teryx, Campbell finds solace in moving through nature. This is a sad story, to be sure, but it’s also a story of hope and how nature provides comfort to the human condition.

You can visit Campbell’s website to learn more about his incredible life. Here on iRunFar, read this 2013 profile of him, watch this interview after the 2014 Hardrock 100 where he finished second after getting struck by lightning during the event, and read runner Dakota Jones’s account of Campbell’s 2016 climbing accident. We thank Adam Campbell for being awesome.

Meghan Hicks

is's Managing Editor and the author of 'Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running.' The converted road runner finished her first trail ultramarathon in 2006 and loves using running to visit the world's wildest places.

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  1. Olga

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Adam. It is definitely often feels weird, for the lack of a better word, that one can grieve and be deeply overwhelmed by trauma, yet find so much joy and, literally, happiness, in such profound ways, in nature, while moving. While I am not trying (no longer?) to connect to other people, I do connect to that spiritual being in the mountains. Escapism does have a bad rep, but mostly it’s from those who haven’t experienced true grief. If it wasn’t for the outdoors, mountains, ability to move through them in any season, I wouldn’t have survived. World doesn’t need more individuals curling up in bed and relying on antidepressants. Every morning, getting outside way before dawn, I am reminded: sun always rises.

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