Carrying My Own Weight: A Self-Proclaimed Weakling’s Journey to the Wilderness

By guest blogger, Anna K. When I was growing up, my family took camping trips every summer. At first we would go to large campgrounds with big groups of people and families from our neighborhood. They were the kind of campgrounds where there were designated campsites with parking spots, a water spit, and indoor bathrooms…Read more Carrying My Own Weight: A Self-Proclaimed Weakling’s Journey to the Wilderness

Touring Mont Blanc with the BFF: Celebrating Female Friendship and Badassery.

Two women. Twenty(ish) mountain passes. One hundred miles. And a lot of cheese. * "Sitting up here, I feel immensely proud of what we just did," Kirstin said as she looked down the valley and pointed to a mountain far in the distance, "I can't believe we came from all the way over there." "Me…Read more Touring Mont Blanc with the BFF: Celebrating Female Friendship and Badassery.

Not Throwing Stones from My Glass House – Surprises, Mistakes, and Lessons Learned in the Smoky Mountains

TheΒ phenomenon of judging others is not uncommon in the hiking world, or outdoors community at large. For example, in an opinion piece in the Denver Post, Gail Schoettler criticizes those who enter wilderness areas unprepared, saying, "taking the proper equipment is just common sense β€” and a lifesaver in case of emergency." Schoettler's use of…Read more Not Throwing Stones from My Glass House – Surprises, Mistakes, and Lessons Learned in the Smoky Mountains