The JMT: A Retrospective

“Fear not, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” – John Muir First off,… Continue reading

John Muir Trail Bound!

Wow, it has been a little more than a minute since I’ve updated my blog, hasn’t it friends? I’ve left some travels and trails unpublished, so while it’s been quiet for a while… Continue reading

Spain Adventures: Day 1

I arrive at PDX at 5am, and breeze through getting my boarding passes and the security line. I have no bags to check, carrying everything for Spain in my pink duffle bag, except… Continue reading

Spain Bound!

In exactly 12 hours from now, I will be boarding a plane for Santander, Spain. Santander sits on the northern coast of Spain and is incredibly rich with history and culture. I’m incredibly… Continue reading

South American Adventures Day 20: Cusco to Puno

The day we left Cusco was entirely a travel day. After everything was loaded onto the bus, we said goodbye to the last city we would see for a while. We were headed… Continue reading

South American Adventures Day 19: Back to Cusco

The day after my Inca Trail trek was a much needed recovery day. My appetite was still fairly non-existent. I later learned I had sun poisoning, which is why I had been so… Continue reading

July 4th weekend Backpack and Brews: Elkhorn Crest Trail & Hood River cooldown

Each year for the past few years, three of my girlfriends and I plan a 4th of July weekend backpacking trip. The first year we did it, we hiked approx. 40 miles of… Continue reading

Dayhike: Tom Dick & Harry Mountain

Over the weekend I decided to get out of town. It’s been blazing hot here in Portland, nearly 100 degrees every day. I figured out by Mt. Hood it would have been at… Continue reading

South American Adventures: Day 4 of Days 15 – 18 — The Inca Trail; a.k.a The Hunger March; a.k.a The Trail That Broke and Then Remade Me

I woke up in pitch darkness to the sound of my guide going around to everyone’s tent for our wake-up call. I looked at the time: 4am. By 4:45 we would begin our… Continue reading

South American Adventures: Day 3 of Days 15 – 18 — The Inca Trail; a.k.a The Hunger March; a.k.a The Trail That Broke and Then Remade Me

I woke up on the morning of Day 3 on the Inca Trail feeling slightly renewed. Rest helped me recuperate from the intensity of the previous day, which I was incredibly grateful for.… Continue reading