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I feel a bit ashamed to say it, but, I’ve sort of lost steam on planning a long thru-hike for this summer. Oh no’s! But you know what: That’s okay. If I’m lucky, I’ll have lots of years to plan big, gorgeous, and challenging hikes. My summer plans have morphed as time has gone on. I had planned for a long time to finally hike the JMT this summer. I was finishing… Read More

Everyone, big news. At least, it’s exciting to me. After not sleeping while camping for over 1/2 of my life, I think I’m finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. While I’m fairly certain I will never sleep as well in the backcountry as I do at home, because well, I have a mattress and a memory foam topper at home, I’m definitely seeing some improvement. Let’s have a… Read More

Hello hello readers! Turns out I’m alive, and somehow survived packing up my apartment and moving out of LA. Whew. I finally got around to updating my gear lists for a bunch of backpacking trips I’ve done in the last few months, which can be found here. I hope you enjoy, and look forward to more regularly scheduled posts by me, since I’m now fun-employed (and really loving it, I’m ashamed to… Read More

I said I’d give a little update on my backcountry sleep issues, so I’ll do that now while also imparting a little problem-solving wisdom for all your backcountry woes. It never ceases to amaze me how strange it is that someone who loves backpacking and the backcountry as much as I do, still can somehow not actually sleep during those trips. I’ve had since middle school to figure this out, but as I detailed… Read More

I’ve been hinting here and there about a few possible long-ish trips in my future. And by “hinting” I mean I’ve been thinking about where I can realistically go in between a big location move, without totally abandoning the idea of actually finding a place to live by the end of the summer (or maybe even before). Whereas my original plan was to finally hike the entire JMT this year (which clearly… Read More

Okay, bear with me on this one. I said I was going to write my next post about my continuing sleeping issues. While I’m still going to do that for my next, NEXT post (I’ve figured some things out, maybe), I’ve been thinking a lot about doing a post in regards to some of my backpacking goals. Goals you say? Like, what trails you want to hike? Sort of. I’ve certainly been making… Read More

Last week was the final classroom course for the 2015 Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course. This is sad. Very sad. What will I do with my Wednesday evenings, if not nerd out with 20 other people about which backpacking stove is the BEST backpacking stove? (hint: it’s made from a cat food can). Now, as my husband will attest to, I went back and forth (and BACK AND FORTH) on whether or… Read More

I will admit something terrible: I hate camping. More specifically, I hate trying to SLEEP while I am camping. Up to that point, I love everything. The tough climb up a pass, the joy of eating a warm rehydrated meal, watching a sunset with good friends, peeing in the woods under the stars. However, once the sun goes down, all of that changes. Inevitably, I will climb into my quilt, thinking to myself… Read More

Over the last several years, I’ve spent a lot of time, a ridiculous amount of time, thinking and/or mentally planning for a John Muir Trail hike. If you don’t know what the “JMT” is, it’s a 211 mile trail that runs from Yosemite National Park, starting at the Happy Isles trail head, and finishing at Mt. Whitney, in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. It is, what I consider, a “greatest hits”… Read More

Or, what I will call “Pt 1: When do you abandon us in the desert with no water and only a topo map and compass?” I will start this post by writing one of my most-used phrases on this blog: I’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile, but haven’t gotten around to it. My head is constantly full of swirling ideas (amongst other things) in regards to this blog. I want to… Read More