Reservation Mayhem The day was almost upon me, I was heading out into the Olympics for my first ever 2-night backpacking trip! I had purchased a guide book, perused the relevant hikes, chosen one, planned my route and potential campsites, and made my packing list. It was Wednesday night and I wanted to take one … Read More
Faced with the daunting idea of my upcoming 2-night backpacking trip in the Olympic mountain range, I am committed to training my body (and mind) in preparation. The idea being that when the trip comes, I will be able to confidently haul my 40lb pack up through the mountains instead of slog along in staggering … Read More
In preparation for a multi-night backpacking trip, I overloaded my backpack and pushed my limits on what should have been an easy hike.
Nothing Beats a Hot Meal While I don’t consider myself a foodie, but I do have a healthy appreciation for good food. However, when you are out in the woods, options get limited. A Jetboil is an easy solution to a warm meal at the end of a long hike on a cool evening. I … Read More
A Bathroom in the Woods There is no denying that when it comes to urinating outdoors, men have the advantage. They don’t have to wander behind a bush, evaluate a surface for splash potential, pull their pants and underwear down far enough to let them squat, and control the flow in order to not splatter. … Read More
A Hunt for Utilitarian Clothing As I have become more active, the need arose to get athletic clothing. I had leggings for going to the gym and a few pairs of shorts, but I kept running into the same problem – I was stuck carrying around my keys and phone. So I went on the … Read More
24 hours of running. Up and down mountains, alongside streams, between the remnants of expansive forest fires and the subsequent new growth; stumbling over volcanic rock and sliding down dusty descents. Grueling, torturous hours. Or, um, a fun adventure, if your brain is wired that way. Personally, that sounds like something the pioneers endured and … Read More