DAY 6 - August 2, 2019 - More snow on the switchbacks on the south side of Forester Pass. So different from last year with the much higher snow year this year. There were at least 2 snow fields on the switchbacks which meant we had to hike up steeper sections to bypass the buried switchbacks…ugh! #JMT#JMT2019#thruhike#sectionhike#NOBO
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I woke up ready for town. It was just 8am when I reached the first pass of the day and found a snow bank covering the trail. I started crossing it, but the foot wells were shallow and the bank was still icy and slick, the morning sun not having reached it yet. I decided that I would go down and around it instead and attempted my first glissade, which is where you ride down a snow bank on your butt.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stick my landing and jabbed a knee into the rocks below. For a split second I worried I had just ended my hike, but after a moment I was able to shake it off and my knee was scraped but fine.
After a while longer of climbing, I reached a high mesa and cruised across it, eager to descend to the road. It was windy but beautiful atop the mesa, and I passed a large lake and many small streams. It was only a few miles but it seemed to drag on for ages in my haste to reach town.
At long last, I reached the highway below and found a large group of hikers who had camped ahead of me last night and left early to try and hitch into town before the noon shuttle. They had been there an hour trying to get a ride with no luck. Another hour elapsed before seven of them caught rides and I was up next. Half an hour later, a couple offered to drive myself and another hiker from our steadily growing gaggle to town.
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Morning light on the Highline Trail, hiking from Logan’s Pass to the Loop. We got an early, early start so as to have the trail to ourselves. We didn’t see any people for hours of hiking, but we found we didn’t have it to ourselves! Bear and bighorn sheep and marmots. A little shaken by the bear, but he went along his way and we on ours. Oh how lovely was the morning!
DAY 6 - August 2, 2019 - Another snow field before the switchbacks south of Forester Pass. Since it was still early enough - this snow was frozen over. We did a dry run with our microspikes here before we got to the other side of the pass which we knew would have a lot more snow. #JMT#JMT2019#thruhike#sectionhike#NOBO
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Never will I ever get sick of looking at Tenya Canyon. Or Tissiack (aka Half Dome)🏞
2nd hike through parts of the 2017 Milli Fire burn scar this week and I’m still super mesmerized by it all. Nature is magical always, but it’s incredible to see trees burned almost all the way through that are still standing, the green things beginning to grow on the ground again and the tiny pockets where a patch of trees are still totally green and alive but everything else around it has been burned. Resiliency and regeneration at its finest. Thanks mama nature. #pachamama#trees#wildfire#magic#oregonexplored#womenwhohike
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DAY 6 - August 2, 2019 - Forester Pass Day (Last year, Forester Pass was one of my favorite passes). We woke up that morning and it was so cold - I didn’t want to get out of my sleeping bag…but, Forester Pass was calling our names. I had been anxious about how much snow might be on the north side of the pass this year and was ready to get it over with. We finally made it to the top of the pass about 11am. We spent maybe 15 minutes resting at the top before making our way back down the other side. The normal switchbacks were covered in snow, so we put on our microspikes and followed the new path across the snow. It was slow-going as I didn’t want to slip and fall. I was finally relieved when we made it though the snow and were back on the actual trail. We had a long way to go to get to our campsite - luckily, most of it was downhill. The last .9 miles was grueling and cruel. The trail is very steep, and after a long day, took forever for me to get to our campsite at the top. Casey and Carter had gone ahead and already had our tents set up. The mosquitoes were relentless and I was ready to to get into our tents and way from them all. It was after dark before I finally was able to get in the tent and go to sleep. #JMT#JMT2019#thruhike#sectionhike#NOBO
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I ALWAYS HATED HIKING.
I’m not an outdoors person. Super not. I never liked hiking or camping, and avoided those activities at all costs.
Until this summer. I went camping once, and last week I went on a 10-mile, moonlit hike to the summit of a mountain. And I actually enjoyed myself. I wouldn’t have, if it weren’t for my brother’s words of wisdom before I set out on the camping trip. He said:
You know, nobody likes sleeping on the ground.
I know it’s simple, but it blew my mind. I thought outdoorsy people loved every second of a camping or hiking experience. And since I didn’t, I figured those things weren’t for me.
Not so! His words helped me think of it like a transaction. You pay a fee to get a reward.
The fee for the 10-mile hike I did was a blister on my pinkie toe, a chapped nose and ice-cold hands at the mountain’s summit, sore muscles for the next few days (and counting!), and general exhaustion and frustration for the last two miles that dragged on.
The rewards were great conversation with friends on the way, Olive Garden breadsticks I stashed to snack on along the way too, a stunning sunset and mountain/city views, a cup of champagne at the summit, and the extra bonus of 1,894 calories burned.
Spoiler alert: the most rewarding experiences in our lives generally aren’t easy and 100% fun. It’s the same with solo travel.
These types of experiences are Type Two fun.
I wrote a blog post about this topic, so check the link in bio to learn more about:
✶The German word I discovered for these most deeply rewarding experiences ✶The difference between Type One, Type Two, and Type Three Fun
✶How solo travel fits into this perspective. What’s the fee, what’s the reward?
It's been a while since I've posted - but, I have been busy enjoying the alpine lakes and wild flowers that came a little late this year in the west. Happy that it arrived, even if it was a little late. Heart Lake, Colorado from a couple weeks ago.
Sharing stories of old stomping grounds while making plans for stories still unwritten. ✨
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Currently in bed working on four writing projects I’m really, really excited about. Of course, that means I’m spending time indoors, but I don’t mind it one bit. I love creating and am so pumped to share these pieces with you all soon. Until then, enjoy this photo of me posing near the beautiful Mount Hood. 🌲🏔 Hope everyone had a great weekend.
After a very hard and extremely scary day, I finally finished my @52hikechallenge for 2019 💪
I’ve hiked many miles and seen so many beautiful places so far this year, but nothing has compared to this beast of a hike! We spent the majority of this hike lost, ran into moose, had to climb up miles of loose rock, had to climb down cliff faces...but we did it (and never have to do it again)! We even met some pretty cool people along the way 🤗
Now it’s time to move on to another chapter of crazy adventures...what will come next?! Who knows 😉 #52hikechallenge2019#hike52#goodday#somanybruises#icantwalk
Mitchell Lake Trail💦👣🌲🏔Kid friendly, only 1.9 miles out and back. There are more lakes (Blue Lake and Little Blue Lake) further on the trail, but we didn’t go because a storm was rolling in. It was a good day overall though 😊
The (literal) road to the top of Antero is a long one. Luckily, we were a coupla Chatty Cathy’s on the trail today and the miles just flew by. And the views from the summit were some of the best that I’ve seen in the Sawatch. 🤩 #co14ers
Our one day summit of the Grand Teton truly felt like the culmination of everything this project has brought us so far.
On Mt. Shasta, we learned to climb through high elevations and trust our breath. On Mt. Hood, we had to put absolute and total trust in our physical capabilities, down to every last toe. On Mt. Adams, we found just how fun mountains can be, even on a brutal one-day summit. In our failed attempt of Mt. Wood, we understood that sometimes the mountains have the final say. Everything we have been taught was needed on the Grand Teton, and we’re still struggling to process exactly how it all came together.
From the moment we found out we would be climbing with @exumguides, we had been waiting with anticipation to arrive in Wyoming. Having the opportunity to get to know and learn from @skidiva, just one of Jackson’s crazy badass women, was beyond anything we expected. The way our three woman team was able to transition between storytelling through the first few dark hours on the mountain into serious multi-pitch climbing towards the top was truly special.
Starting from the parking lot led us to having the summit entirely to ourselves. Maybe it would have been smarter to only spend 20 minutes at the top, but the hour-long respite to soak in the views and bask in our accomplishment (and maybe have a dance break) was so worth it. Even thought it was our first time on the summit in comparison to Jessica’s who knows how many, we all shared the same size smile.
From the very beginning, we’ve had to put full faith in ourselves and this project to make it happen. It’s almost surreal to have people we admire so deeply but their faith in us as well, so thank you again to @exumguides for setting us up to do a one day summit and to @arcteryx for making sure those freezing winds didn’t stop us from getting to the top. We did it!
Make time for what you love & let that become your way of life 🌿✨⛰ This sounds simple but it’s amazing how hard it can be to make space. There are so many fun/valuable things to do & people to spend time with that if you are not clear on your boundaries & priorities, life can become a vortex for what others want you to do🌪 We were asked yesterday if we stumbled upon living in the way we do or if it was a conscious choice -> It’s taken us both times of burnout/complete overload to realise to benefit & necessity of having boundaries & having clarity around priorities. Saying “No” to some things actually means saying “hell YES” 🙋♀️ to the things that really matter to YOU! Spending so much time on the trails wasn’t something that happened overnight for us; it was a matter of making a conscious choice to spend weekends in nature, make more trail running buddies, dive into trail running groups & say YES to more events/adventures - the realisation was, that more time on trails meant we could both be better versions of ourselves throughout other parts of our lives - more full of life, giving, positive, joyful, motivating, sparkley, fun & present!
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea - in fact many of our co-workers think we are a little nuts 🤪 But you know what?! We kind of are; and it’s SO MUCH FUN. Living in line with what you care about means that EVERY day can be fulfilling & build towards the next adventure - whatever that may be for you. Go ALL-IN on what you love today & everyday 🌿✨
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Cowboy camping cuddle puddle under Mt. Hoffmann
When you take a risk and don’t pack the tent cause you’re sick of it, then the mosquitoes force you to sleep all the way inside the sleeping bag. But I still woke up with a constellation of bites across my forehead #GOODTIMES#cuddlepuddle#theunicorn •
📍Yosemite backcountry, August 2019
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I don’t think I could live in Seattle because all anyone would have to do is flash some coffee, eggs & bacon and a mini road trip to some peaks like these in my face to make me give up the gypsy life! 📸 @alyssa.bergdoll
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Surround yourself with people who lift you up. People who see the best in you and want the best for you. People who will celebrate your successes and be the ear you need when things aren’t going so smooth.
The last few years have been huge personal growth years for me but I can honestly say that there’s no way I’d be anywhere near where I am without the support, encouragement, and friendships I’ve made along the way.
As a recovering tomboy who used to really struggle making girlfriends, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the badass lady friends I have in my life these days. Cheers to being vulnerable... to keeping it real... and to crushing some big goals.
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I saw a comment the other day on a photo of myself. The person criticized me for wearing a sports bra and “full face of makeup” while backpacking.
On other photos (or in person), I’ve seen/heard comments about my relationship status. Or consistent lack thereof in the past.
All I want to say — my relationship status and the clothes on my body are the least interesting things about me. I think the pressure women sometimes feel to wear makeup is a worthwhile conversation, but I don’t think it should be used to discredit what we do with our bodies or, more importantly, our minds. So let’s talk about it, but let’s also be respectful. Mkay?
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I must confess... I have an obsession. I’ve read at least 7 different PCT thru hiking books in the last 3 months. I literally can’t get enough... I’ve been watching people’s thru hiking vlogs on YouTube, building a folder with screenshots of the gear I need, meeting people who’ve done it already for coffee/lunch.
Last month I got the chance to hike a small section of it (pictured) and I stopped every hiker with “the look” if they were thru hiking and to tell me their story. They say that the things that spark this much excitement in you are your soul guiding you towards something bigger and I really feel that.
Tomorrow I’m setting out on a hike I’m not 100% sure I’m capable of. My biggest day so far is 13 miles... and I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 4,500 feet elevation gain but tomorrow? Tomorrow will be 22.3 miles... 5,500 feet gain.
I know hiking the trail next summer will be the mentally toughest season of my life (2,650 miles 😳) and so even though it’s really too soon to really consider myself physically training, I want to mentally train. I want to prove to myself that I am strong. That I am capable of more than I ever thought possible. That this autoimmune condition can’t stop me from achieving my dreams.
If I’m radio silent here on Instagram tomorrow then you know why? 😉 let’s crush some goals!
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Feeling incredibly big, and small at the same time! ⛰✨
Let me explain. Hiking a mountain makes me feel big, strong - like I can accomplish anything! At the same time they make me feel tiny in comparison, and I love that! It really puts things into perspective and keeps me humble.
I’ll forever be chasing places that make me feel like a tiny, giant human! If that makes any sense?!
Do you know what I mean? If so, what makes you feel like this?
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Do you know where this is?! Raise your hand in a comment below if you do🙌🏼👋🏼 We’ll give you a hint... it’s NOT the Grand Canyon! (PS: DON’T REVEAL THE ANSWER🤫)
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