Hiking

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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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Getting started – hiking

More and more I see the topic of hiking being something rather easy and possibly obvious to talk about, but time and time again I see people on the trail horribly underprepared for the hike that they are on (wait, wait, wait....did I just see that gal wearing Keds?....KEDS!?). But, it also seems like a good topic to talk about for a lot of people this time of year. Seattleites...

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Hike it out – Summit Lake

This day could do no wrong. Sun, snow, blue sky, chickadees, pups...and in late February, these nice of conditions are unheard of *insert double hand bling emoji here*. A couple of gal pals and myself were looking to go hiking and Summit Lake was recommended by my cousin Mackenzie. I saw some of pictures she had taken when she did the hike the weekend before and the views of Rainier looked epic....

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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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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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Hike it out – Kendall Katwalk

In preparation for the Enchantments trip coming up later in the summer, I decided to do a little training by tackling Kendall Katwalk. My co-worker and told me that this was one of her favorite hikes in Washington. She described it as "prehistoric, like a dinosaur was going to jump out at me around the next corner!" How could you not? I was able to gather some friends that were training for a...

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Camp Mission – Twin Lakes, Winchester Peak & High Pass

Sometimes, we just need to get out, get away from the city and pack as much of the Washington wilderness into our weekend as we can. This weekend was tackled with that mentality. Friday evening, we took off and decided to drive all the way up to the Twin Lakes area and set up camp that night. I was with two of our friends while my boyfriend had headed up...

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