Backpacking

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Things I’ve learned – Finding your people

The last year has been a rough one, I'm not going to lie. Job, relationships of all types, general health and happiness...all seemed to be a huge struggle. A rut is what I was in, as one might say. A stupid, huge, unhappy RUT. Since the start of this year, something has shifted. I'm not sure what has happened. I don't know if Neptune's moon cycles have changed, the stars aligned or if someone rubbed...

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Camp Mission – Bean Peak

I got lost in a parking garage. I got lost in a parking garage after a client meeting and all I could think was...'Wait, you found your friends on top of a mountain with no trail and minimal directions by following foot prints in the snow....WHY ARE YOU LOST IN A STUPID PARKING GARAGE!?' I realized City Dweller side of me takes over occasionally and argues with the Adventurist side....

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Trippin’ – Canyoneering Zion & Escalante – Part II

After hitting up our canyons in Zion, the second half of our trip was to head to Escalante, Utah. We had plans to hike in and camp out at Neon Canyon for 4 days. We took off from Zion and took a 3.5 hour drive further into canyon country. We stopped in Escalante to get supplies and food for our stay on the Escalante River, then headed out to the spur that would...

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Trippin’ – Canyoneering Zion & Escalante – Part  I

In January of 2013, a few of my friends kept talking about doing a second trip to Zion later that summer for some more canyoneering. The way they described their first trip and the stories that were told of rappelling down 100ft waterfalls, wading through the Narrows, and weaving their way through challenging slot canyons piqued my interest. At this point I had only been climbing casually here and there for about a year and...

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Things I’ve Learned – I suck at packing

Okay, I don't totally suck at packing, I just am not so good at packing for backpacking trips. The food, the gear, the clothes....it all gets overwhelming. Especially the food. I never forget anything, but I am always so afraid of running out of food when in reality, I always end up packing at least an extra day of food every time. For instance, on my trip to the Enchantments,...

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Trippin’ – The Enchantments

So for the last 2-3 years, a group of us friends would put in for the Enchantments lottery hoping to be among the lucky few that get drawn for an overnight lottery pass. Whelp, this year was our lucky year, TWICE. Boom. With such coveted prize, we had no problem filling out the 8 spots on the ticket. Awesome travel buddies (4 guys, 4 girls) for 5-days in the backcountry….it...

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Camp Mission – Yellow Aster Butte & Tomyhoi

Here around the PNW,  the weather determines the ebb and flow of things. Where we go and what we do depends on whether mother nature decides to shine her sweet sun or bring torrential downpours. As it was, she decided that sweet sun would be served up for this particular weekend, and still winds to boot. There was also a promise of potentially seeing the Northern Lights roll across the...

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Camp Mission – Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach. Oh how you stole my heart. From your other worldly coastline to your wild woods to the strange objects that wash up on your shores, I love you. One Friday evening after work we hopped on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry to head out to the peninsula. The weather was shaping up to be as clear as you can get on the coast, and actually warm to boot. The trek out...

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