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19 Apr 19
Strolling Anne

Arriving in Santa Fe, we first stayed with a friend of friends, Faith, and her housemates. Faith was very invested in the local vegan community and we had a great time meeting everyone. We then followed a local bikepacking trail http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/caja-del-rio/ , meant to be an overnighter.

16 Apr 19
Step By Step

I woke up at the shelter before 7am. I packed my things and then we called a taxi from the Visitor Center to a town, Marion. I picked up my new sleeping pad from Travel Inn which Thermarest had sent to me. Then we got a ride to Walmart where I got too much food […]

16 Apr 19
The Wandering Boot

Here is my starting gear list. Some of this is unnecessary, and a couple things are downright stupid. Here’s the deal…when it’s blowing snow and raining sideways and you are the only person to pull out that extra jacket or rain poncho you look pretty smart. When you’re sweating while hiking uphill for hours in […]

15 Apr 19
brooke around town

Whether you’re a novice hiker looking to hit the trail for the first time or a wilderness woman upping the ante on your current outdoor adventures, assembling the perfect backpacking kit can be a monumental and often overwhelming task. Not only are there literally thousands of backpacks and boots and tents to choose from, but […]

15 Apr 19
Operation PCB

Throughout my training, my pack has continued to evolve. Each training session at Henry Coe State park revealed new things to me and my pack changed accordingly. Originally, it came in at just over 20 pounds. With constant reevaluation, consideration, and planning I have reduced my base weight to 14.3 pounds. A respectable number, but […]

13 Apr 19
I'm happy when I'm hiking

I feel like I could write a book about gear at this point, and I haven’t even started hiking!  The amount of time that I’ve spent looking at gear, reading reviews, and agonizing about what I think is the right course is absolutely ridiculous.  It’s especially insane when you think about the fact that this […]

13 Apr 19
Knoll Notices

So, on Monday there were the cougars coming through. Gun shots all over the country neighborhood. Tuesday the deer didn’t come around. Then they came around the front yard for a couple of days. I’ve been hearing lots of huffing (deer alarm calls) from the pasture and lower woods, near the seasonal creek that is […]

12 Apr 19
Live in the Trees

This was my first boys trip I’ve had in probably over a year. It was with a group that I’d never hiked with before, a mix of friends, and friends of friends. Going on these types of trips with a group that you don’t know very well can have it’s problems. Group Dynamics always comes […]

12 Apr 19
Scotty’s 2019 PCT Adventure!

April 9, 2019 PCT mile 77.0 to 85.3 (8.3 miles hiked + 3 mile road walk) I woke up feeling refreshed in my room in Julian and lazed around until closer to check out time. At 10:30 I left the room and tried to figure out my next move. Julian is about 15 miles off […]

10 Apr 19
OUTDOOR VEGAN

It’s only been a week out here on the trail and I’ve already learned so much. Here are some of the things I’ve picked up so far.. Shelters Pros: -You can escape the rain and keep your shelter dry, because packing out a wet tent in the morning is less than stellar. -You can meet […]

10 Apr 19
Two Tyred and Clueless

From La Junta to Puyahuapi is a 50km cycle along predominantly potholed and hilly dirt road. Puyuhuapi is a small town on a fjord and is famed for its nearby ‘hanging glacier’ in the Queulat National Park. It has been nearly 10 days since my last rest day and with the increased hills of Chile […]

05 Apr 19
curiouscycling

Section for the nerds. Larissa’s bicycle VSF Fahrradmanufaktur TX400, size 57 Classic derailleur transmission Shimano XT Tires: Schwalbe Mondial 26 x 2.00 Phone console: Zefal dry console Speedcounter: Sigma 12.12 STS Paniers: Ortlieb Back-Roller Plus (rear), Ortlieb Sport-Roller (front) Front light: Busch + Müller Lumotec IQ2 EYC Plus Rear light: Busch + Müller Topline Plus […]

03 Apr 19
Training for the Bucket List

Shoe update: I took the Altra’s up Tumamoc, and I wanted to love them. Their fierce teal color, the cute little foot print on the bottom, the big wide toe box – they just seem so fitting! Thankfully that toebox is soft, since I was sliding into it on the downhill sections even after re-lacing […]

01 Apr 19
Beth's in Mexico - Let's Stay in Touch

These last couple weeks have been a time of little pleasures. It’s been midterms you see, and I’ve actually had assignments to submit before holidays in Semana Santa. So instead of spectacular photos, I can only offer you the gist of what life in Mexico City is like, sans big adventures. Spoilers: it’s really rather […]