The Numbers: Jennilyn Eaton

We have 100 random questions, all of which are unbeknownst to our victims. They pick 20 random numbers from 1 – 100, we send back those questions & topics to answer based on their CHOSEN numbers. There are so many various questions and topics in no particular order - you get what you get. 

Our next victim is Utah's Jennilyn Eaton

Yesterday – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Breakfast: spinach, Gnarly Feast, and frozen berry smoothie (the norm)
Lunch: 5 egg-white omelette from my chickens with spinach, feta, and cottage cheese
Dinner: Pizza and chocolate


GPS or no GPS?
GPS. I love to place tracks in Google Earth and study the lines. I am also too lazy to track my summit times, numbers, vert, hours, etc, and it’s nice to simply uploaded and let a program (strava) track everything for me.


What was the last prank you played on someone?
Probably a month ago while running across Zion; there were feigned injuries and emotional break-downs for the humor of the group.


What’s your first verbal reaction when tripping while running?


Do you have a website?
Currently I have a blog,, but I have a new website that will launch with the new year! Keep an eye out for The Mountainst, which will hopefully be home to a lot of mountain running/peak bagging news and culture.


Do you have any superstitions?
Not really a superstition, but I must paint my nails before any race or long adventure run. I’ve been known to forget and speedily paint my nails at a trailhead or in the car on the way…


Give us some words to live by:
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau 
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” - Kahlil Gibran


Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I can play the harmonica.


How do you prepare your coffee?
Cream and sugar.


What’s the most random thing you have written off in your taxes?
A stuffed skunk for my son. Idaho Mountain Festival directing has the occasional desperate moment.


Best gift you have ever received?
My boys, if you can call the miracle of life and children a gift.


Who are the last 5 people that called you?
Ben Eaton, Elementary School, Craig Lloyd, Steve Fisher, Kathy Fisher.


Describe the image currently used as your desktop background
A vibrant abstract painting.


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In a decked-out van in the Western US. I miss the mobile, transient lifestyle. I miss staying at a place for days or weeks or months, traveling with weather patterns and living like a dirtbag.


How many photos do you have on your phone?


Running 50 miles, you can only take 3 things with you. What are they?
Water, shoes, and a sports bra. Everything else isn’t absolutely mandatory. 


When was the last time you were star-struck?
Meeting any of the Wasatch local elites, like Jared Campbell, the Dorais brothers, and many others. The lines these guys have created and the speed in which they set ascents is incredible, and inspires on a personal level because they aren’t full-time runners or skiers. They have families and jobs and lives outside of their respective sports. I am continually amazed at the incredible athletes that live here, and I have nothing but deep gratitude any time I get to meet any of them.


When was the last time you were truly frustrated?
Fighting an upset stomach on my WURL attempt last fall. Physically and mentally I was ready for that day, and I was so frustrated my stomach wouldn’t cooperate to allow me to have the day I had spent months training for.


Morning run or evening run?
Morning. I am a sucker for a good sunrise. There is something deeply gratifying about watching a new day full of possibility and hope paint across the sky, especially from a mountain top.


If you could go run for an hour with anyone, whom would it be with?
This is a hard question! There are those whom I admire for their inspirational athletic accomplishments, like Ueli Steck, and there are those whom I love, like my husband. If I must to choose it’d be Bryce Thatcher. His achievements have made him a legend in the U.S. mountain running culture, but for me the thing about Bryce would be the times I’ve met him, and the absolute compassion and encouragement he radiates. I have a feeling there is a lot of wisdom, appreciation for life, and joy of mountain running he could share in an hour.