Hiking this year can be summed up in two words: bad weather.
No. That’s not fair. Maybe “challenging weather” is better. “Change what you’re going to wear” weather. “Have a backup trail in mind” weather. “Scrapping Liberty/Flume for the fifth %*^$ing time” weather. And while I’ve been salty about the weather always seeming to turn right as I’m about to hike, I’ve also used it as a time to shift my mindset about hiking. To let myself get gritty, feel gritty, unearth more of that grit within me. Remind me that I didn’t sign onto this challenge to just to ooh and aah over some vistas and go on with my day.
In some ways, today’s weather was yet more challenging weather. It was below freezing until noon, and the rocky boulders and ledges of Kinsman Ridge were covered in a thick sheet of ice. The type of ice that gets you walking parallel to the trail through the woods, or zig-zagging in ways that slow your progress forward to next to nothing.
But the skies were clear, and I got my pristine view of the Franconia Ridge — which mattered in ways I can’t fully put into words. And the challenge just meant digging a little deeper, letting myself traverse what was probably the most treacherous terrain of my hiking life, and learning just how worth the money crampons are (I know, worst name ever, but they saved my tail on the descent).
Cannon makes 23. The plan is Jackson/Pierce next Wednesday, which will put me over the halfway mark. If I had waited for perfect weather, I’d probably be at 4 right now. And it feels damn good to be rising to the challenge.
#NH48 #4000footers #mountains #outsideisbetter #outsideisfree #girlswhohike #hiking #hikingadventures
These kids 😍 they both hiked 4.5 miles with minimal complaints. Definitely the longest our sis has ever hiked. I am so so proud of her. I want to do a post on hiking hacks for kids-basically, what helps your kids hike? We do a lot of singing songs, snacks, things to look forward to (today we set up hammocks at the furthest point and had cookies in the car, motivating the kids each way). What are your hacks?
How amazing are these colors? still can't believe we hit the most perfect weather while at Mt. Rainier NP...
3:30am wake up call & a 5 hour drive for the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen 🌲🌻🌿
Missing these views and exploring new places 🌲
So I keep watching that recent clip of the mountain lion casually sauntering by—and brushing up against!—a Utah newscaster (who thinks it’s a dog, btw) before disappearing into the tall grass behind her, and it’s really making me wonder what awesome experiences I’ve been missing out on by not being a newscaster. Also maybe wondering if it’s a good idea that I usually hike alone/without a bowstaff, but meh. Really more the newscaster thing.
#getoutsidestayoutside #girlswhohike #theoutbound #americanforkcanyon #utahisrad #intothewild
“Just one foot in front of the other as fast as you safely can” I told myself at the start of the hike when the trail was dusty, sunny, and steep—all miserable reasons I tend to dislike hiking. But then the trail changed and we wound through golden aspen groves along a creek followed by tall pines that still smelled like summer despite the cool temps. Lunch, enjoyed perched over a turquoise lake, tasted like the best meal ever. The dramatic peaks felt otherworldly and the saturated color of the water felt fake. And while all the natural beauty was amazing, the best part was the conversations as we followed one another along the trail. Those conversations that are open and honest and make us feel less alone despite being different. Grateful to have had time outside and for friends to enjoy it with!
My kind of Friday Night Lights ⭐
Making it to Jade lake a few weekends ago was such an awesome accomplishment for me after my failed attempt in June. The snow was so deep that we lost the trail and found ourselves lost for 24 hours. Nothing was keeping me from reaching it this time! It was even more beautiful than I imagined it to be. 😍
What do you do with a surprise day off from working on a glacier? You hike to another glacier!
Family meeting on the Grand High Tops Trail. Shot on #sonya7ii
I free climbed and transversed at the top of a mountain that’s just to the right of this shot to get to this glacier. I had to release all doubt from my mind, slow my heart rate and believe that I would make it. I had to dig deep this day. There was no going back the way I came, it was too dangerous with the loose rock. The only option was to move forward. What I want you to get from this is that you can do way more than you think you are capable of. Take 3 deep breaths to center yourself and get it done! 👏🏻
looking out onto the weekend 😎 happy friday, friends!!! ✨
Only expected to find a waterfall, but found a rainbow as well 🌈
❗️Calling all backpack recommendations❗️
I'm on the hunt for a new outdoor daypack (20-30 L) and have a sneaking suspicion that a few of you out there will have some excellent suggestions 👍🏼
My little pack (pictured here) that I've had since I was ten (yup, seriously - way to make a product that lasts, @ultimatedirectionusa
) just isn't quite what I need these days, and my big ol' 40L pack is becoming way too heavy duty for single day outings.
So, I want to know! What's your go-to daypack that's relatively lightweight, can fit plenty of layers and snacks, has decent organization/pockets, and can withstand the occasional bushwhack or slide down a boulder?
The weekend is here and we’re ready for it 🏔
When you feel more comfortable in the Jeep rather than on it ... 🤔
You know you are in the right place when...
Hills ✔ Music ✔ Snacks ✔
Where my Von Trapp Children at ?