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When I go to post on my blog, or Facebook or Instagram, I stop myself. A part of my mind tells me: You’re just bragging. No one cares. Stop being so boastful. I have this judgement about myself because of how I’ve judged others. I go...

Erin grinding and mile crushing on the home stretch.
Winter is Coming

[caption id="attachment_493" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Winter adventures await.[/caption]   I'm getting so excited. Little puppy tail wagging slipping across wood floor excited. Like little puppy piddling on your shoe excited. That kind of excited. See, I grew up in a place that had no snow. As a child, a...

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Summer New, Summer Done

Summer comes and goes. Just about the time you start thinking it'll never end, you wake up and realize the chill is setting in. The mornings bring a shiver and are slow to brighten, slow to warm. My summer, with the arrival of the bright and...

Camping at Helen Lake
The Challenge of Shasta

[caption id="attachment_441" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Camping at Helen Lake[/caption] "You should join us to climb Mt. Shasta." said Lullaby over the phone. I had missed my friend from the Pacific Crest Trail. He had carried a Native American wood flute on the trail and would play a...

We got copters.
Certified in Lander

[caption id="attachment_414" align="aligncenter" width="960"] We got copters.[/caption] I had never heard of Lander, Wyoming. They had everything a man like me could ask for though. A good whiskey drink, Karaoke on Saturdays, and a gorgeous landscape with some rugged terrain. I stayed for a while. I stayed...

Snarling Grizzly
Death in the Wild

[caption id="attachment_407" align="aligncenter" width="960"] This dude would eat you.[/caption] A year ago today, I was madly beginning to plan my adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. With the approaching anniversary, I'm thinking back to the time leading up to my trip. Planning, packing, and telling my...

Gear Review: Shoes – Lone Peaks 1.0 by Altra

Shoes Lone Peak 1.0 by Altra Zero Drop http://www.altrazerodrop.com/fitness/en/Altra/Men/lone-peak-15-mens Note that they no longer carry the Lone Peak 1.0. I can't vouch for the 1.5. Tested 700 miles at a time. One pair lasted me 1100+ miles through ran, snow, rivers, sand, rock, mud, the works. Yay Dryness. These shoes...

Gear Review: Pack – Exos 46L by Osprey

Pack Exos 46L by Osprey http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/superlight/exos_46 Tested over 140 days of continuous use on the Pacific Crest Trail. Daily average of 23lbs in the pack. Was drenched in rain and dried thoroughly in the desert. Yay Size. At 46Liters, the design of the pack provides plenty of storage for a...

Gear Review: Tent – Big Agnes FlyCreek UL2

Tent Big Agnes FlyCreek UL2 https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/FlyCreekUL2 Tested over 138 nights on the Pacific Crest Trail. Tested over 2 nights on the West Coast Trail. Evening temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to 65 degrees F. Three season conditions: High winds, dumping rain and hail, a veritable creek was running...

Gear Review: Camping Quilt – RevelationX 20 from Enlightened Equipment

Sleeping Bag/Quilt RevelationX 20 degree from Enlightened Equipment http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/?product=revelationx-20-2 Tested over 138 nights on the Pacific Crest Trail. Tested over 2 nights on the West Coast Trail. Evening temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to 65 degrees F. Yay Warm. I was worried a quilt wouldn’t provide the same warmth....