How to hike 100 miles if you’ve never done it before

Originally published on Bivy Thru-hiking is more popular than ever. It seems that everyone knows at least one person who knows someone who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, or the rare Continental Divide. You can find people on YouTube who have vlogged their entire hike and even captured gorgeous aerial shots withContinue reading “How to hike 100 miles if you’ve never done it before”

2 Options to Climbing Outdoors as a Newbie

So, you’ve been climbing indoors for a while. Or at least a week. And now you want to get outside. Full disclosure: I’m not an expert at climbing. Nowhere near it. That being said, there are two options. The safer option, and the less safe option: Take a class Get a friend to take youContinue reading “2 Options to Climbing Outdoors as a Newbie”

How to get into rock climbing as a complete and total beginner

HEY, YOU. Sick of constantly dropping your baby? Are you interested in getting into rock climbing? Here’s how you get into rock climbing if you’re a total, utter beginner: 1. Go to a rock climbing gym Rock climbing gyms are an excellent place to start for beginners. They have padded floors and a staff that’sContinue reading “How to get into rock climbing as a complete and total beginner”

How to make the most of your mistakes

Originally published on Ever been on a hike where you didn’t pack enough water? What about food? Have you ever completely forgotten a tent on a backpacking trip? I’ve done the first two. My father-in-law did the last. But he and his family owned it like beasts. Here’s what happened. The initial plan wasContinue reading “How to make the most of your mistakes”

Angels Landing and my weird obsession with heights

I like heights. I’m not someone who’s going to fling myself off the first cliff I can, but I like them. They don’t scare me – they put the fear of god in me. I love heights because they are terrifying and remind me of my mortality. The terror is thrilling. And what better placeContinue reading “Angels Landing and my weird obsession with heights”

Snow Canyon: St. George’s well-kept secret

This last weekend Austin and I went down to St. George to visit some friends. While we were there, we added 4 hikes to my 52 hike challenge, one of those hikes done in Snow Canyon, a state park. Contrary to popular belief, Snow Canyon wasn’t named for sheer irony. Instead, it used to be DixieContinue reading “Snow Canyon: St. George’s well-kept secret”

I tried a new thing: rappelling

That first lean backwards into nothing is the scariest part. Walking backwards and going off the edge of a cliff is scarier than actually hanging in the air. By that point you’ve realized that you aren’t going to die, you just need to maintain control of the rope. This last weekend I went rappelling. ItContinue reading “I tried a new thing: rappelling”

You never forget your first shoes

I’m only being slightly dramatic when I say these shoes changed my life. They were shoes that were meant more for hiking (i.e. they were bulkier), but because they were built like running shoes, I also exercised in them. I learned how to run in these shoes. I would wear them as I ran uphillContinue reading “You never forget your first shoes”