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First time snowshoeing and it wasn’t that bad! Def beats post-holing your whole way n are able to see way more. Might need a pair 🤔. Never like to limit what I can do so being prepared is a must. This area was in complete solitude as we were the only ones out to explore this and go as far as our calling allowed us before the storms came in 💨☃️❄️ #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #snow #inspiring #winter #sequoianationalpark #courage #snowplay
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I think I accidentally wandered into the set of Avatar 2.
Not every adventure is perfect. You have your ups and downs, uncontrollable events and weather so you take advantage of those small windows that you get. We sure took our own in completely solitude with no one else on trail. I’m soooo small can you spot me? 😂 #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #snow #inspiring #winter #sequoianationalpark #courage #thesenate
Here’s a fun fact about me: I have been dealing with vertigo lately. In an instant my whole world seems to start spinning and I can hardly stand up. Glad that didn’t happen while I crossed this narrow section of trail yesterday.
Praising to the tallest tree in Sequoia . #generalsherman Two Years I’ve been wanting to see this place in snow and I finally made it 🤗 As I follow different peoples posts about closures, perceptions and experiences I really didn’t know what to think about how the experience behind the scenes with the whole government shut down really is. During my stay so far, I learned that Sequoia truly closed down because of the public’s behavior and it needed to be cleaned up before it can reopen. It’s really sad to see that people can destroy areas that have been preserved and really don’t understand the concept that we need to keep them safe for generations to come and that there is a reason that they are called NATIONAL Parks. Somewhere along our history timeline someone chose these places and wanted to protect them. This is not to say that it is ok to trash up every other area. If everyone just did their share what a better place we would have in this world. I also have to thank the snow plowers that are taking care of the highway. These people are coming in unpaid and that’s hurtful but they are hopeful because they still need an income even if it “eventually happens” because of them we are still able to enter the park safer and hopefully will help us get out today after this snowstorm. It was nice to talk to employees up front and the employees at Wuksachi hotel were absolutely amazing. Never seen a park so empty but was truly an experience. #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #snow #inspiring #winter #sequoianationalpark #courage
Forecast says snow should be falling on these big red rocks tonight...
After thinking about it for 10 days now, I think I’d like to stand on top of some more piles of rock in 2019.
This is rattlesnake camp. When you leave this camp, you know the big rapids of Grand Canyon are coming up. We decided to spend two nights at Rattlesnake.
Week 5 completed a total of 21.9 miles; making up for previous week 👌🏼 What are your thoughts when you first reach your summit? Mine? “ we made it! How gorgeous this view but shit still gotta hike it back now” 😂 Happy Monday y’all @aghany2334 thanks for being my photographer for the day! …… @_jenny_jen3 😇 #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #heart #inspiring #december #rockypeak #mountain #courage
You know I love a big swipe-able pano. Snowy Castle Valley
May not be what I generally refer to a mountain, but a mountain nonetheless as it’s challenging hilly trails still make it one heck of a day’s hike. The views here may not be the sierras or my snowy days but still gives me the feeling that I need; away from city life. #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #heart #inspiring #december #boneymountain #mountain #courage
Oooo la la
Thor’s hammer. Bryce Canyon was my first stop when I moved into my van a couple weeks back. I’m excited to start the new year without any definite plans, just doing what seems like fun every time I wake up. Currently parked near SLC. Who’s around??
New Year’s Day hike. Always the right way to start it off. That feeling when you wake up in the morning, oh so cold, streets so quiet and the trails empty without a single soul. Almost feels like you have the world to yourself. Peaceful way to start maybe next time I will wake up to my camp ⛰⛺️🏕 Last week I had maybe a mile of actual hiking up to to snow summit so really felt like none so my December total was 46.8/750 miles, way below what I wanted but it was definitely a start! Let’s keep going 🥾🥾 #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #heart #inspiring #january #slidemountain #mountain #courage
First pic or second? I hiked down this trail mid morning, ran all around the park all day, and ended up hiking back out as the sun set. It only took me five years in Utah to finally visit my last of its 5 national parks.
Sometimes life gets busy and we get caught up in it but this is what my journey is all about. Remembering that staying active and enjoying the unseen is what I should be doing to keep a perfect life balance. Last week (3) I hiked 15.7 miles between Boney Peak and Rocky Peak 🥾 #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #heart #inspiring #december #rockypeak #mountain #courage
Merry Tuesday everyone!
Happy solstice! Bring on the longer days.
Is anyone actually interested in the process I go through for my shots? Or do we all just like pretty end results? I’m genuinely curious... For those who are, this is about normal for my landscape shots. I usually take a handful of images to determine a composition I like. Once I have my composition, I’ll take a shot or two at different shutter speeds if there’s water. When I know the shutter speed I’m looking for, I will almost always shoot a pano to be stitched together in post. I like doing this to generate a higher res shot, and I just dig them. My post production tends to be fairly basic. Drop the highs, bring up the lows, a bit of vignetting, and sometimes basic dodge and burn, and voila. This shot looks very similar to my previous post, but this one is actually part of a 5 shot pano taken at 55mm and the last one was a single image at 28mm.
This lady’s courage continues to grow as more decisions are needed to make. Solo longest hike yet of 10.1 mile hike at a great old stomping ground hiking trail. One of my favorite hikes in the Ventura county area 👣❤️ #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #heart #inspiring #december #boneymountain #mountain #courage
First time up the canyon in over a month! It’s crazy how beautiful it is, even the spots that Ansel Adams didn’t get pictures of.
Courage:the ability to control your fears in a dangerous or difficult situation. This is my third time going up the baldy bowl however it’s been almost 3 years since the last two times. I was a bit nervous going into it but if there is one thing I always have to remind myself is that “I am stronger than the mountain and I am in control”. Usually fear gets the best of me and when I do shake up, lose control and panic. Well I couldn’t really let that happen today. Maybe it’s the equipment, maybe it was the powerful energy around me, maybe it’s called growing. Either way thanks to everyone who supported and for everyone who always continues to push me to become a stronger person not just in outdoors but in life. Today was definitely a success (minus the tedious 3.5 miles at the end 🤦🏻‍♀️) Mountains have a mind of their own and snow conditions are never the same, so I guess some fear will always be there but knowing how to control it is always key 👌🏼 #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #heart #inspiring #december #mtbaldy #mountain #courage
“It’s just a bunch of rocks” -some kid at work a few years back
You won’t be able to see it but that feeling when you’re running and in the view in front is a snow capped mountain and LA to right all in one frame. Felt like today all odds were against me. I already have a hard time breathing going up hill and when you throw wind in the mixture I normally just want to give up,however this time I pushed harder and while I could barely even jog it all the way up as I felt my calves were on 🔥 I kept pushing. Beat my trail jog by 1 min 30 sec. It’s a win. Miles week 1: 18.6/750 Let the journey continue #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #challenge #friendship #heart #inspiring #december
Might be due for a Zion visit this weekend.
“The Three Cs’ in life:choice, chance and change. You must make the choice to take the chance if you want anything in life to change.” -unknown It’s hard to describe the feeling inside. One moment you are good and one moment you are in a world of uncertainties not knowing where it will go. However there is one thing for sure: that you are stronger coming out than how you went in. That is what keeps me going. I made a choice and took a chance as I needed for something to change. I don’t know where it will take me but I sure continue to be hopeful that when those stars finally align I will be where I need to be. #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #home #guatemala #friendship #heart #inspiring #december
Dec 1 I started my 750 mile goal. I got a good 7 mile practice run in on wed and 12.9 miles in yesterday of a good hike. Found this little gem as we hiked down ❤️ perfect start to a great month! #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #fall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #echomountain #califonia #friendship #heart #xmastree #inspiring #december
Sometimes life decisions aren’t easy to make, but you do them because in the long run they will be better for you no matter how hard it is to see that now or how much you try to justify…a step of the way, a day at a time #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #heart #lake #inspiring #decisions
I took this picture just before my first time guiding a high water Cataract Canyon rafting trip. The very talented @amyjoysnyderart recently painted this scene and it is awesome! Go check out all her work!
My heart goes to all that have been affected recently by all the disasters ❤️ I’m sorry that these holidays won’t be an easy one but together we will move forward and help rebuilt with help of family, friends and volunteers like @rei and @americanredcross @starbuckspartners Walking into a shelter reminded me of when I was 6/7 years old. A memory My brain had put away. Moving from shelter to shelter because I didn’t have a home. I went to four different schools and got help from others and my mom did the best that she could every day to make sure she could give us the best. She worked hard to get passed that and eventually got us a place of our own. It’s not easy so I know that. It’s hard for a child and I experienced that. But it teaches us to be humble and appreciate what we do have. Always remember that there’s a way out. A way to look forward. Look for that sunshine no matter how small it is and stay #positive as it will help you to be #stronger #adventures #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #love #inspiring #thanksgiving Happy thanksgiving to everyone, from the bottom of my heart ❤️ this year and every year I am grateful for this lady
In an earlier post I failed to recognize a few things: The disasters that have happened : My heart goes to all that have been affected recently ❤️ I’m sorry that these holidays won’t be an easy one but together we will move forward and help rebuilt with help of family, friends and volunteers like @rei and @americanredcross @starbuckspartners Walking into a shelter reminded me of when I was 6/7 years old. A memory my brain had put away. Moving from shelter to shelter because I didn’t have a home. I went to four different schools and got help from others and my mom did the best that she could every day to make sure she could give us the best. She worked hard to get passed that and eventually got us a place of our own. It’s not easy so I know that. It’s hard for a child and I experienced that. But it teaches us to be humble and appreciate what we do have. Always remember that there’s a way out. A way to look forward. Look for that sunshine no matter how small it is and stay #positive as it will help you to be #stronger #adventures #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #love #inspiring #thanksgiving Happy thanksgiving to everyone, from the bottom of my heart ❤️
Sometimes life feels we are walking on eggshells and things around us keep changing especially when we least expect them to which completely re-arranges our future plans. We have mental breakdowns and eventually try to refocus to gain control. That’s ok. Just don’t let it take too long because that strong bridge you once built won’t hold itself forever. #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #heart #lake #inspiring #bridge
I still haven’t stood on top of all these summits and it’s not ok.
99 years old never looked so good. Hope to see you in white again this year @zionnps
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. “- Eleanor Roosevelt Thank you @rachael.bialcak for joining me to the mountains. Sleeping in like 8 degree weather with me and indulging a new experience. I’m thankful for the new bond we have created and excited for the adventures to come! #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #heart #community #lake #inspiring
Seems like a good week to play in the desert. Anyone around?
Every journey has it ups and downs. You will fail and then succeed but only if you truly believe that you can and the passion is in the work that you put. It will never be easy. Just as traveling to the some of the most remotely beautiful places takes so much work whether it’s the distance and how you get there or carrying that 42lb backpack. But man oh man, every step becomes worth it right when you get arrive . #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #heart #community #lake #inspiring
Campfires are what bring people closer together. Creates a bigger bond and a place to share stories. I appreciated my camping neighbors for letting us crash their fire as we connected in the process. Makes an experience that much more memorable. #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #heart #community #campfire
There’s a feeling of accomplishment and gratitude knowing I can help . Today is Red Cross and helping those that are still dealing with evacuations. If I can make a diff in someone’s life one person one day at a time. I’ve accomplished my daily goals. ❤️ #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #heart #community #redcross
Has anyone else ever imitated a statue for 30 seconds to take a picture? Silly
Found this along my trail but wasn’t sure what it meant. A place for praying maybe? A remembrance? Either way it reminds me how peaceful it is to collect your thoughts in a land far away from the city and something about it was inspirational. My second dream destination is Nepal and the colored flags also reminded me to keep working on that dream ❤️ #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #califonia #friendship #flag
Have to take a moment to recognize what is going around me. A mass shooting happened a few cities over on 11/7, fires began on 11/8 in north and south California. Between both of these situations It’s caused a lot of pain for many losing loved ones and seeing their houses go down. My prayers are in both as it is hard to watch what many are going through. #Staystrong communities. And I can’t forget about those that served our country 🇺🇸🇺🇸 happy veteran’s day! 🇺🇸🇺🇸 #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #backpacking #longlake #califonia #friendship
I realized last night that talking cameras can be like talking politics. People tend to be very aware of the shortcomings to the other side (political party or camera manufacturer) while being sure their side is without fault. I took this shot with my Sony a7, all the while listening to a stranger tell me that he knows Sony cameras are terrible despite never using one before. And of course I had to be defensive, even though I knew it wouldn’t change this mans opinion. I think we’re all guilty of that to an extent. We don’t give others a chance because they identify differently than we do, be that in cameras or political leanings or any one of thousands of other labels. Let’s not let the differences between us divide us. Instead, let’s find common ground we can all build on together. I think we all might be surprised how much we have in common.
There are places that just make you smile. This is one of them. Big thanks to @jamesqmartin for showing me this spot as part of his Cowboy and Climber project!
As i sit here on this bench listening to my music reflecting on how i struggled to even jog up the steep two miles, it reminds of how often i keep saying I’m going to do something and then when the day comes i don’t. Everyones motivated in a different way and i have to have structured plan with goals and reflect on them weekly so next year i proposed myself something: “1,000 miles of hiking and trail running combined” without losing sight of what i still love to do but the training begins now! #2019 #goals #adventure #ahikerslife #challenges #dontstop #explore #everytrailconnects #gogetlost #gooutside #hiking #inspiredbynature #camp #lifestyle #nightfall #nature #outdoors #ospreypacks #rei1440project #rei #seekthetrails #greettheoutdoors #california #inspiring #optoutside #mytrailiscalling #neverstopexploring #newyear
Ok one more pano. If I ever grow up and buy my own home (that isn’t on wheels), this is one I’d like to have hung up.
One of my all time favorite backpacking trips was the Cordillera Huayhuash. This was one of the many incredible camp spots I stayed at along the way.
Swipe to see the whole view! I think I’ll try sharing some older panos this week. This one comes from a rainy morning cruising the Milford Sound in New Zealand.
Currently my camera will only shoot when it’s on self timer mode which makes action shots very interesting. I do like the way this one turned out!
Yesterday’s hike through Orderville Canyon was pretty incredible. It was full 🍁🍁 for the first half, and as we slowly went lower and lower the leaves became greener and greener.
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