These little guys make for great clothespins. Yeah we know, just blew your mind. 🤯🍞
What sad excuse are you using for backcountry clothes pins? 😜
Hiking the 2,659 mile Pacific Crest Trail.
Podcast From @intrepidjordan
Episodes now on YouTube & iTunes!
don’t go chasing waterfalls 👣
a female deity.
a woman who is adored, especially for her beauty.
Here’s one of my favorite photos from the trail. Why? Because I felt like the strongest and most beautiful goddess. This photo is right after I crossed into Oregon. I had just peed my pants and the only reasonable option in my pack was to put on my underwear (yes, I didn’t hike wearing my underwear. Just had it for town days) I hadn’t showered in over a week. My body; this emotional, resilient vessel that creates me, had just walked the entire state of California and I felt nothing less than a brilliant and vigorous goddess. This is what a goddess looks like to me. Its knowing how many tears it took to get there. It’s knowing that this was hard-earned dirt that i am proudly showcasing. It’s recognizing less is more by carrying my life on my back for nearly 6 months. This is beautiful. This is pure. This is raw beauty. It’s the girl standing in a parking lot, hoping for a real meal because she’s been eating ramen and snickers for the days leading up. Who chose the harder path and cried & yelled in frustration & pain along the way. This girl: the one who obviously smells bad just by the looks of this picture. And this smile, its real. It’s genuine. This is me, wholeheartedly. Being able to laugh at myself because I peed myself. This is the goddess I want to remind myself of when days are challenging. When I look in the mirror and can’t find acceptance. Because this girl, is beautiful.. Her scars, her emotions, her journey. .
Ignite your inner goddess. She’s there. Find what your goddess looks like. We don’t need to perfectly curate our feeds or our bodies to appear someway. We need to honor our bodies and thank them for being here for us everyday. We need to continue to have reverence in our everyday. Find peace with our entire being. And be kind. Kind to ourselves, but also to others and our environment. .
Thank you, PCT, for helping me find the goddess that I am. And for allowing me to continue to evolve as a radiant, free-spirit. So much gratitude.
A 2:00am wakeup had us going over the second pass of the day by 8:30. The north side of Glen Pass is avalanche prone and the recent storm only made things worse. There was a massive sense of relief when we got to the bottom. The hardest and best days of the whole trip. #pct2018 #pctyoyo
Couples that get up at 4am to take pictures in the mountains together, stay together
And with strong legs and an empty pack, we raced down the smooth hills into Belden.
"August 8th, 2017 | Continental Divide Trail:
It’s been awhile since I’ve looked back at images from the CDT. Out of all of the days I’ve spent on trail over the last few years, those along the Divide in Montana and Idaho will always be some of the most memorable.
Days like this one; when the endless single and double track that wound through the Rockies led us to some of the most surreal campsites you could ever imagine. The days when we chased the last bit of sunlight atop the ridges, through the trees, and along the rivers.
Shot on the @sonyalpha
with the @zeisscameralenses
16-70f/4.” #withguthook #continentaldividetrail
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!!
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” - John Muir
You will never regret the choice to spend time outside. Back in high school I worked my first job bagging groceries at Albertsons. At the beginning of each summer I would give my boss a list of requested time off. It was about 4-6 weeks worth. 😬😀 They complained a little but always gave me the time off. I spent it backpacking with friends, going on hiking trips with my dad, and scouting for hunting season. During college I still spent an inordinate amount of time outside because I skipped a ‘few’ classes to hunt, fish, and ski on powder days (there are lots of those in Bozeman). Plus, I was fortunate enough to work summers on a fisheries crew for the Forest Service. We tramped lots of trail miles to survey streams between Bozeman and YNP.
After college, I moved to Seattle for work. I still spent time outside but work and life started to take it’s toll. I took more paved routes in life and less dirt ones. My trips were fewer and farther between and my backpacking gear started gathering a lot of dust. I moved back to Bozeman, married up, got a mortgage, and started a family. One summer I went on a backpacking trip with a 72 year old ex-forester who was as excited to be outside as I was back when I was 15. Since that trip, I have tried to push myself a little more each year. To learn new skills and go a little further back. A little more wild. I don’t regret that decision and each time I come back from a trip (even if it’s two hours) my wife comments how much better of a mood I am in. Who knows, maybe even when I am 72 I will still be able to get after it! Get out. It’s worth it. You don’t need a lot of time and money to make it happen! This year - learn a new skill, hike a new trail, go with somebody who is more knowledgeable than you are. 🐾🏔🏕 #noexcuses
"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.
Like. Comment. Share. Follow. Enjoy!!
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”
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.
nothing beats cruising in the jeep around horsetooth 💛
June 22/ Day 22/ 16 Miles
In regards to hiking I have one huge strength. Mosquito resilience. I would call it a super power, but I want to give credit to three prior summers strengthening my mosquito tolerance in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin
It was my mosquito tolerance that made this place so enjoyable. The bugs were bad, but my spirit was still high
A fun personal note about me is that I do not like getting dirty. I hate having wet feet, getting mud on my clothes, or even thinking about anything that is sticky. Just the thought of not being dry makes me a little anxious (said by the same person who jumped in an alpine lake)
No moral to that, just a thought. Journal reads: “I ended up walking alone. The JMT and PCT split, but the JMT, while harder, promised to be more beautiful, and it was gorgeous! Good heavy hiking. Thousand Island Lake is really pretty where I am camped. Hopefully it is not too cool and not too buggy in the morning”
New video is up on my YouTube channel. Link is in the bio. I came up with workout to honor my son and his Platoon (3rd BTN Platoon 3001 Lima Co.) while they were in recruit training down at Parris Island, SC.
The Crucible is 54 hours long, consists of 36 stations, 29 problem solving exercises, covers 48 miles, while recruits wear 45 lbs of gear, get only 6 to 8 hours of sleep and only 4 to 5 meals (MREs). At the beginning of each hour of the Crucible (starting at 02:00, I did the following routine:
•25 push-ups •25 sit-ups/Russian twists •25 squats •60 second plank .
I did this routine each hour for 54 hours straight, only getting 6.5 hours of sleep during that time. At the end of the 54th routine, I completed 1,350 push-ups, 1,350 sit-ups/Russian twists, 25 squats and 54 minutes of plank. To celebrate I did a 30 minute CrossFit session at my local CrossFit (Secret City CrossFit) and a 54 minute run. .
With out question, this was the hardest work out I’ve ever done. As a single routine, this isn’t a hard workout. But add 53 more rounds the following 53 hours with trying to sleep, work and travel in between. It certainly ups the level of difficulty. With no time for muscle recovery, you’ll fine you’ll be both mentally and physically spent at the end of this workout. .
#zpacks #teamzpacks #goosefeetgear #blackrockgear #SafeRingz #tennesseebeardco #goatworthy #backcountry #skratchlabs #865life #tristaradventures #vargooutdoors #bradfordbeans #surftennessee #brysoncityoutdoors #mybeardedself #thruhiking #corapt #hiking #backpacking #giveGodtheglory #Godisgreater #followerofChrist