On my thru-hike, I planned to be on the trail for 17 to 18 days, so I needed to plan accordingly. The hardest part is not over packing, really thinking about what you’ll need and what you’ll want to eat.Read More
As I got more into hiking, I finally stopped stealing my brother’s toe socks, got my own, started learning about the benefits like blister prevention, total foot utilization, and moisture management, and learned about the different fabrics. Now I can’t imagine wearing anything else for hiking.Read More
Once in your tent, you can even hang up the lantern to have light so you can read and relax before going to bed. And in the morning, she deflated the lantern, hooked it on her pack, and charged it while we hiked.Read More
Ticks can be dangerous, but don’t be afraid to get outdoors because of them! There are ways to protect yourself and your pets! Through my experience with ticks, I’ve educated myself on how to get outdoors safely.Read More
I was in paradise but I couldn’t enjoy the place as much as I wanted to because of my horrible blisters. I have a couple of pain points that consistently get them, around my heel and on my big toe. Looking back, I wish I knew more about how to prevent them when I went, it would have made the whole experience more enjoyable overall.Read More
Since Sequoia was a puppy, she’s been very prone to ticks. A month after I adopted her, I pulled 14 ticks off of her in one day. From there, I quickly learned about how to prevent ticks on her and how to pull them out correctly.Read More
It’s always scary pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, but I believe that it’s always worth it. It shows me my strengths, makes me into the person I want to be and helps me learn more about myself along the journey. I try to not let fear hold me back.Read More
Like most, I've struggled with bad knee pain on the trail, especially the steep downhill sections. After much research and talking to doctors on what to do about my knee pain, how to prevent it and how to deal with it on the trail, here is what works for me.Read More
Your tent is your home under the stars, a 5 billion star hotel, your summer home in the mountains… I could keep going. Here are things to keep in mind when looking for a tent.Read More
I decided to transition into backpacking because I wanted to be able to explore a certain area more and to be able to go further into the wilderness than a day hike would allow. The transition can be scary and intimidating, especially when you meet backpackers who have been doing it for 30 years. But we all start somewhere.Read More
When you’re looking for how big of a pack to get, keep in mind the duration of your trip, how much gear you’re bringing, how much your gear weights, and how big it is.Read More
This paradise is nestled on the Havasupai Reservation next to the Grand Canyon and has become a huge attraction due to the turquoise waterfalls flowing against the bright red rocks of the Arizona desert.Read More
In the backcountry, food is fuel. Your body digests it and uses it for energy to help you make it up and over a hard pass, to the summit, to camp for the night, to your destination and then back to the car.Read More
Having a quality sleep system is extremely important in ensuring you get a good night under the stars. I walk you through the different types of sleeping pads and how to choose the right one for your adventure.Read More
Having a good night rest can make or break a camping trip. There are so many different choices out there that it can be hard to choose. I’ve broken down the different factors to consider when selecting the right sleeping bag for you.Read More
Learn what essentials to bring with you on a backpacking trip.Read More
I’ve seen the most beautiful sunrises on Mt. Whitney time and time again, nothing compares to watching the whole mountain light up pink in the sunrise glow. Now that you’ve gotten your permit, you know what you're getting yourself into, and you are getting prepared for this stunning hike, let’s get into the trail report.
Learning to be comfortable hiking solo has been an extremely empowering experience.
Here are my tips for getting out there and hiking solo. It’s a process and your comfort for it won’t happen overnight.
Since I head off on a backpacking, car camping or ski trip almost every weekend, I’ve created a system for myself to make sure that I pack efficiently and effectively on Thursday night to be able to just take off from work on Friday.Read More
Because our “trail” was the road, it never got too steep. It stayed extremely gradual, which made for a perfect day! We were able to focus on the peaks and views ahead instead of worrying about the condition or steepness of the trail. Once we got to the Portal, there was so much snow! The Mt. Whitney trailhead sign was almost buried.Read More