John Muir Trail Day 24: Firefox + Summit Day!

It was 7 AM when I finally got out of my tent this morning. Although I’m pretty sure I woke up around 6 AM eager to get on the trail and on my way to summit Mount Whitney, but Firefox was still sleeping and I couldn’t just up and leave. I decided that I would offer Firefox my resupply bucket from Onion Valley if he cared to venture back with me to town and retrieve my car. Figured it would be a good deed on my last day, be able to help a hiker stay on the trail and continue his journey. … More John Muir Trail Day 24: Firefox + Summit Day!

John Muir Trail Day 19: Thanks Ranger Sam…

Today I met Ranger Sam. Right before calling a NERO and backtracking about .5 miles from Mather Pass, I ran into Ranger Sam. Because of Ranger Sam, I hiked 12-miles today! Because of Ranger Sam, I am .6 miles from my goal for today, but since he is stationed there, and being dead ass tired- I’m camped above a lake below Lake Marjorie. … More John Muir Trail Day 19: Thanks Ranger Sam…

John Muir Trail Day 17: Muir Hut and The Rock Monster

It felt like I woke up on the moon this morning. Sitting above 11k ft. Wanda Lake is pretty exposed. With only less than 2 miles to Muir Hut and the only climb I had that entire day, I took my time making my way up. I was pretty surprised to actually see the hut from the trail down below, and I made it up pretty fast. … More John Muir Trail Day 17: Muir Hut and The Rock Monster

John Muir Trail Day 14: Muir Trail Ranch + Pringles

This place is magical, I’m telling ya. There is this frequency I’ve heard since I got here and I’ve heard it all night long. It’s quiet, but loud, I can’t possibly be the only one who hears it. The water felt amazing! I got in right before 8 AM this morning and it was great.  I walked in far enough to dive in and I’m pretty sure it’s the first lake I’ve ever dived in. … More John Muir Trail Day 14: Muir Trail Ranch + Pringles

John Muir Trail Day 12: VVR to Bear Ridge Trail

The 8 mile climb, ok I guess it was like 6 mile climb on Bear Ridge trail back to JMT was killing me. A later start after leaving VVR, which was hard to do in the first place. Anyways, not much today but the 6 mile climb back to JMT. I knew exactly when I got back on the JMT, the trail just felt different. I stopped hiking kinda early today, found a pretty awesome site, by a creek, awesome views, but totally seen from the trail. … More John Muir Trail Day 12: VVR to Bear Ridge Trail

Backpacking Iceberg Lake in Ansel Adams Wilderness

You know all of those places you have saved on your maps? Maybe you too have a list titled, “BRB”? How about the social media followers that you interact with daily, that you’ve never met? I’m sure we all have those things. I’m sure we all contemplate how it would be if we just reached out to that one person with an invite. Well, I’ve contemplated for entirely way too long, and as my BRB list continues to grow, I’m finding myself reaching out to more people with weekend invites now more than ever. Not only am I checking off bucket list destinations, but I’m building real friendships along the way. … More Backpacking Iceberg Lake in Ansel Adams Wilderness

Backpacking Shamrock Lake With My Sisters

Being able to actually show my sisters just exactly why I don’t mind the 6-hour drive to Mammoth is probably one of my favorite ways to get them outdoors and in the backcountry. It was Anjoelina’s very first backpacking trip, and Brittany’s 10th (or so); and to have them both here with me in Mammoth was something special. … More Backpacking Shamrock Lake With My Sisters

Solo Backpacking: Reasons To & Tips How

Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company. Of course, most backpacking tips begin with the instruction of never going alone, but once you’ve successfully completed your first solo trip, the feeling of accomplishment is inevitable! I try to plan a solo backpacking trip once a year and if i’m being completely honest- … More Solo Backpacking: Reasons To & Tips How

Backpacking: Eastern Sierra at Big Pine Lakes

Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail is located in Inyo National Forest on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and is a pretty popular area known for day hiking, camping, fishing and backpacking. If you’ve been, you know exactly why! There are a total of 7 lakes that follow along the North Fork trail. With the amount of snow the Sierra received last winter, we planned to only hike to the second lake. … More Backpacking: Eastern Sierra at Big Pine Lakes

The Day I Adventured With An Instagram Follower

You probably wouldn’t know that I wanted this day to happen for quite some time. As someone who is committed to the hiking community through a series of personal posts, inspirational quotes and nothing but hiking and camping photos; I sat back and kept myself from joining the large crowds and hiking groups. For years, … More The Day I Adventured With An Instagram Follower