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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve started to tentatively plan some details of my summer 2016 John Muir Trail solo hike. It’s still far too early to start dehydrating food and assembling meals, but (since I’m generally gear obsessed anyways), I’ve been looking at my past gear lists (and my gear closet) as a I start to put together a tentative gear list. Exciting! Stuff! Things! It all feels a little more real…. Read More

(Note: I’m so proud of myself for this title). Happy weekend! You made it. Hopefully many of you are already out on the trails, enjoying a much needed long weekend (and maybe a few blisters too). Personally, I did my usual “I didn’t bother to plan ahead for the holiday weekend thing,” so I’m taking the opportunity to spend this lovely weekend working on an exciting and unrelated-to-the-outdoors freelance project (maybe I’ll tell you… Read More

Just a quick note on this Friday: I’m super happy to share that I have a guide to Backpacking in Point Reyes National Seashore up on Modern Hiker. It’s a REALLY great loop, and only 30 miles from San Francisco. So, what’s not to like. It’s a magical place, full of greenery, birds, flowers, nearly empty beaches and awesome coastal views: In fact, I wish I was there right now….  

This year, I decided I would FINALLY learn to sleep while camping. It was a long time coming. As I chronicled (extensively) in a few posts over the last 6 months, I’ve had trouble, so much trouble, sleeping comfortably while backpacking. Since my earliest camping memory, I’ve experienced post-sunset night time dread, imagining the forest coming to life around my vulnerable sleeping body. On top of this, would be the inevitable numb… 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

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

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

In line with my sort-of-resolution for the new year, I’ve been trying to take advantage of the weekends to spend more time outside (and less time whining about how I can’t because I work full time). So, this weekend, after a lot of research (probably too much research, I probably spend too much time obsessively reading about potential outdoor adventures) we decided to try some local car camping with 2 other (awesome,… Read More