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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

Recently, Allison Nadler over at Trail to Summit published an excellent article with 10 tips for anyone taking part in an online hiking community. For the most part, I agree with almost every point she makes, and as someone who regularly visits these communities, it was nice to see someone voice some of the thoughts that I’ve also had. While I love the internet (hence that I can write things on here… Read More

When I was in school, or working full-time, this was a typical scenario in my household: Me: “Oh hey, I just realized that next week is labor day weekend, so I have 3 days off. We should maybe do something” Husband: “Cool, let’s do that. What should we do?” Me: “Well, all the places I wanted to go require permits, and those were booked up 6 months ago. So, we can drive… Read More

Earlier this summer, in between my move from Los Angeles to Portland, I got to spend an entire month living in my northern California hometown (i.e saving some money while taking my first real break from work in almost a year). I even got to stay in the house I grew up in while sleeping in the same room I had for most of elementary and middle school. For some this might sound like… Read More

Back in March, I wrote about some of my career struggles. Just to recap: I HATE sitting at a desk for 40+ hours a week, despite the fact that my field is important and does great work for the world. I still believe this to be the case. Archivists make it possible for the rest of us to remember things, whether that be family history, an historical event that happened 100 years ago, or… Read More

  If you don’t live and hike in Los Angeles, you might not be aware of an awesome hiking resource: http://www.modernhiker.com If you DO live in LA, and you love local area hiking, you’ve probably used it before. Not only is it an awesome resource for finding new trails, but it’s also increasingly a great site for outdoor related news and gear reviews. So, awesome news: I’m a new modern hiker contributing… Read More

What I’m about to say might sound a little silly. However, I promise though that I’ll try and form this post into a semi-coherent and complete thought. You might even agree with me. For a lot of reasons, I’ve begun to develop a very mixed reaction to the whole “adventure lifestyle” photography that we see with increasing frequency on social media. I think you know the type of photography and sharing I’m referring to…. Read More