Massif Athlete Rich Nicholes & The World’s Toughest Mudder Experience Written by Rich Nicholes In the most basic of explanations, my race was epic!  I did not accomplish a single goal, but I left everything I had on the course.   I had everything dialed in on my pre-race prep.   I put on a good 7 – 10 lbs (I never did a pre-race weight) in carb loading.  I was hydrated so well, I was peeing every 20 minutes prior to the race.  I carried a water bottle with me constant for 2 days prior.  I was as well rested as one would expect, given the late start time and pre-race jitters.  I pre-soaked in a hot tub and took epson salt baths.  My mind was focused.   I checked in on the Friday prior to race day and got my bib, credentials, and pit time.  It took about an hour of waiting in line before I got my bib.  When they handed me […]

Meet Nick Fowler: The Man Behind Massif Athletics

Massif Athletics founder Nick Fowler changed the course of his life the first time he saw El Capitan and said, “I want to climb that.” His goals shifted from attending the San Francisco Art Institute to climbing full-time. “The first time I climbed El Cap, it took 7 days. It was pretty rough. Three of us were climbing the Triple Direct Route. We got passed by two climbers on three separate occasions. They had nothing but ropes and water bottles. We had a haul bag, food and water for seven days, and I thought, ‘We’re doing something wrong.’ That was the last time I spent the night on El Cap. Since then, I’ve climbed it 97 times–all of them refusing to spend the night on El Cap.” Within a year, Fowler set his first of several speed records on El Cap, a solo, ropeless ascent of Leaning Tower. He became the first and only person to on-site solo an El Cap route in a day by summiting […]