And that's me, in Jennie Lakes Wilderness. I know, Jenny at Jennie Lakes, I was pretty excited about this too.
I didn't grow up living the outdoor lifestyle I do now. Prior to 2014, I had never slept in a tent, hiked more than a mile or two, or peed behind a tree. But we all start somewhere!
In August 2014, I suggested that me and my boyfriend go camping (because that's what couples do, right?). After back and forth on the location, the night before, he tells me that we're hiking Mt. Whitney. Of course, I have no clue what that is or how hard it will be. With no proper gear and no proper training, we left that Friday afternoon to summit Mt. Whitney on Saturday. We didn't make it, I got altitude sickness and was severely exhausted at 12,000 ft, so we turned around and camped at Outpost Camp. That night was miserable for both of us, we didn't have jackets, one sleeping bag, no sleeping mats, it got cold and was hailing that afternoon, topped off with exhaustion and altitude sickness. It was all around miserable. But I woke up around 1am, crawled out of the tent and saw the granite peaks glowing in the moonlight around us, I was hooked.
Since then I've learned quite a bit about what it takes to hike cross country trails and to summit 14'er peaks, and now I want to share that knowledge with you. To help you get past your limitations and fears, help you understand how to train and help give you the knowledge to get out there and hike. It's a beautiful planet, you deserve to see it for yourself, not just on Instagram.