I made a conscious decision over a month ago that I was ready to trust God in His plan for my life. That I was ready to trust His direction and that I was so tired of feeling scared all the time. And to be honest, that’s what led to my decision: fear. I was sick of worrying about my future and worrying about the consequences and worrying that things would not work out. I lived in fear during all my romantic relationships...I felt a burden that weighed heavily in regards to my family and the demons that haunted me from the past. Initially, my fears pushed me to find refuge in God’s grace and love. I felt my fear so strongly that I metaphorically grasped His hand until my knuckles were white. I would run and hide and seek His protection. But now, this same fear has pushed me but to find rest, instead of a hideaway. To find rest in that He is in control and worthy of my trust. To find rest, and as I rest to watch Him work and have things fall into place in my life. And boy, have they been falling into place ✨ #jesus #god #thegnomadheart
Sortir du tunnel et marcher sur les crêtes.
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And with strong legs and an empty pack, we raced down the smooth hills into Belden.
This past summer we went out to the Canadian rockies, and there was this one specific hike I really wanted to do. We stayed at Mount Engadine (@mountengadine
) so we could get an early start the next day for Tent Ridge. Turns out there was a bear closure 🐻 because a woman and her son had walked towards a bear eating a carcass (?!?!) to take a photo. Terrible idea to say the least. Thankfully they got away, but the bear got sprayed and a lot of the near by trails were closed. So we ended up doing another hike instead with this really sweet couple from Switzerland. And Helena takes really amazing photos! Check ‘em out @helenapichler.
Long story short, since then I’ve really been into all the Swiss mountains I see. And also, sometimes that’s just how adventures go... not as you planned #treesnotpeople
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GYT|| Day 41
In the morning we were greeted by and some of the most pristine trail I have ever encountered. The people who created this masterpiece are true craftsmen of trail maintenance. It was well routed and some of the views they got you to were fantastic. Tons of waterfalls, glaciated mountains, and alpine lakes were to be seen. The Beartooths have definitely taken a place in my top 5 mountain ranges. It was just a really pleasant day of hiking, the only downside was the trail was a bit busy as it was the weekend and it is quite a popular trail to hike, and for good reason. We set up that night by a huge lake that had plenty of established sites about. I tried to fish the lake before turning in, but it was the first time I was unsuccessful since I first got the Tenkara.
It’s official!! I’ll be hiking the Appalachian Trail in March! For those who followed along with the PCT and CT, I will be posting the same type of trail updates on YouTube, starting with this announcement video! (Link in bio) Enjoy the cheesy text, as the photo of myself on its own looked uncomfortable 😂
Nearly 50 days left!!
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. - Socrates
Change means leaving behind what's known and comfortable, throwing ourselves into the unknown without knowing what will be. Of course it can be scary.
When I made the decision last year to completely change course in life, I found myself in guilt, thinking I'd be throwing away a life I'd spent years building. A wise friend and the course of time made me realize nothing could be further from the truth.
My upbringing in the mountains. All that army training. The years of competing in sports. The time in engineering school. The corporate years of managing projects and workers, handling prognoses, budgets, networking and learning the social game. It doesn't matter if I'm on a trail somewhere, or sitting at home writing proposals for the next adventure. Every day I make use of what I've learned from the previous chapters in my life. They made me who I am, and taught me what I know.
Knowledge and experience we earn is never wasted. It feeds directly into what we're doing, no matter the field, no matter where in the world. We can let our past trap us and hold us captives, or we can realize that it's building blocks we take with us everywhere we go. With that realization comes the freedom to get up and go, to follow our hearts where they want to go.
"Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." How did Thomas Jefferson know not to leave out "the Pursuit of?" Even in the midst of demands from the Empire that the sun never set on, Happiness wasn't viewed "unalienable", or granted from the Creator. Though a noun- an object/objective, maybe Happiness is something that we can only pursue. And maybe we can actually never have it no matter what.
According to the Buddhist teachings there are 3 levels of suffering: the physical and the other obvious, recognizing in this capacity the capability of finding relief from some aspect of them, however temporary it may be; the suffering of change, referring to the experiences we conventionally identify as Happiness though the more we indulge in them, the more we find ourselves dissatisfied, defining experiences as pleasurable comparable to a more intense form of suffering that has come to an end; and lastly the suffering of pervasive conditioning, the origin of the other two and the very nature of our existence, which comes about as a result of karma, delusions, and affliction emotions. Our existence as unenlightened beings is said to be fundamentally unsatisfactory, or duhkha, that is suffering, according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
This is my imploration: engage in deep contemplation on the nature of suffering and its causes and reflect on the possibility of freedom. Then one will develop genuine renunciation and truly aspire to gain freedom from suffering. I believe this is what our Forefathers implied in our rights: In the choice of Life or Death, choose Happiness.
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Sorry for the foul mouth. But about 60% of the 214 wainwrights I bagged in the clag. Swearing, tunes and podcasts helped keep me semi-sane. For the majority of the route I had to resort to thumbing the map and shooting bearings. Which slowed progress but my nav skills are now pure 🔥!
What's your favourite podcast?
My top 3 are.
Check out this great post from @justinhelmkamp
It's a big world out there. I'm truly blessed to be able to see so much of it. I didn't really travel much when I was younger, just the occasional family vacation a few times. But now, I can't find a better way to spend my time than seeing how many amazing places there are with my own two eyes. These pictures will never do the reality justice, because the reality is a lot dirtier, smellier and more tiring. But that's also the bit that makes it so worthwhile.
#takelessdomore #teararoa #teararoatrail #trektheTA #thetrek
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On our way to Mt. Hood. I stopped and got a shot of this icon 💯⚡
We pulled up to the trailhead and could literally see the wind rolling the snow forcefully outside the car. 6.5 miles later, lots of snow, low temperatures, and 20+ mph wind we completed the hike! #worthit #cantfeelmynose
thinks I motivated her to go hiking this morning, but I don’t think she realizes if she wasn’t in town, I would be sleeping off a hangover in my warm bed instead of climbing mountains in the snow! #shesabadass
When I took a course on how to hike the AT at REI last year, the presenter recommended going to Marshalls and Homegoods to find cheap food options that can easily be prepared in the back country.
I don’t plan on sending myself too many care packages because I don’t want to be forced to go into town and find the nearest post office. I also tend to have really bad timing and most likely will always miss their open hours 😣
But I was very excited to find some interesting food options at Marshall’s today including $4 caviar. I’m still learning how to pack food appropriately and I have a lot to learn about light weight backpacking but a small glass jar here or there can’t be too bad right? 🤷🏼♀️
#attraining #thetrek #trektheat
Sometimes you have to go be alone to come back and be better. Solitude is sacred.
SO EXCITED to announce that we will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail! The Trail is 2,200 miles long and requires 6 -7 months to hike. We have officially quit our jobs and are selling Ryan's house 😱. We'll be taking only what we can carry in our packs. We've been dying to tell you and are so excited to share this adventure with you - stay tuned!! This adventure has been a dream of ours for years and we've put in the hard work to make it happen. This is the idea behind "The Next Ridge": we are determined to live intentionally, to decide what we truly want to do and then do whatever it takes to chase it down. The tinyhouse was a dream that we made a reality, and now we are making this thru-hike a reality by quitting our jobs, totally changing our lifestyle, further minimizing what we own, and diligently saving for our trip. (Any one dream is possible if you are willing to say no to many other things.) Onward to the next ridge!! What is "the next ridge" for you? What dream would you like to make a reality?
It’s taken me a while to process the beginning of the year. I generally have a lot of intentional time to think and reflect on the past year and my expectations/resolutions for the next. I tend to slow down and give myself time to process and set my intentions and mindset appropriately. This year was definitely the exception. 2018 ended in a whirlwind with school and passing my exams, to applying for jobs, visiting family, spending time with new people, and setting off on this amazing #roadtrip
. I haven’t been able to sit down for very long, let alone clean up my two-year mess in my room. My captions have been lathered in sarcasm because 1. I think it’s funny and untraditional, but 2. I haven’t had the headspace to really reflect on what’s been going on in my life enough to put it into words. But I think I am slowly getting the time to and will be expressing myself more. Considered yourselves warned 😉
Also, does anyone else need extensive amounts of time to process things? #thoughts #thegnomadheart #utah
Who knew there were unicorns in AZ? Or Snow? 🦄🏜🌵🏔 •
We had a totally different hike planned today but my lip is blistered from the sun. We decided to try and avoid a shadeless desert hike and head up high in the mountain. As we drove up higher, the landscape was every changing. The cactus followed us up for a few thousand feet but we began to see mountain grass and less sand/dirt. Then the cactus changed to evergreen trees and even Aspens. We could see snow on the mountain tops but it was cool to finally be out hiking in it. The temp dropped more than 20 degrees from when we started but the sun was powerful at the elevation. I had a makeshift buff over my lips to try and not do more damage but after being in a car on the drive up, we needed to get out and hike up to the top! Mt Lemon Summit Complete @k.oolvibes
Il est aussi ninja à ses heures perdues.
This was only a tiny section, not even half a k. But it was one of my favourite parts. Most of the route is above treeline and even though it was summer I took a royal arse kicking with clag and rain most days. So dropping into the shelter of the woods was heavenly. Since the #appalachiantrail
the woods feel like home, just wish the UK had more of um.
Where's your favourite UK woodland?