Two dozen clean and eager hikers stood in a circle at the Seneca Creek trail head in West Virginia, watching as guide Alan Dixon did a demo on packing a backpack most efficiently for rainy weather. The forecast for our 3 day trip was going to be raining, gray, and chil...

I lay ensconced in the warmth of my sleeping bag, listening for the soft rustling sounds that would signal the others getting up. The night before our guide Brian had offered to show us the winter constellation, only visible early in the morning, and I had eagerly agre...

The full moon setting over Moose Lake

Waking up at Moose Lake was like waking into a dream. The sun hadn't risen yet and the moon was still up, giving the area around us a serene glow. I laid in my sleeping bag a while, admiring the last of the stars in the clear sky ab...

I kept my face tucked into my sleeping bag, out of the cold night air. Per Brian's advice, I'd worn my Buff around my eyes when I went to bed, which felt odd at first, until I woke up during the night and peaked out from my bag to find the full moon shining bright on o...

I stood in the parking lot, a pile of gear and food at my feet, thinking about the last 9 months of planning, worrying, and training. I signed up for a guided 5-day backpacking trip in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks back in January, with the intention of getti...

August 14, 2017

Day 3 in The Winds found us camped among the granite giants on the west side of the Cirque of the Towers. The plan for the day was to head up to Shadow Lake and scope out Texas Pass, our original intended route. After breakfast we knew we'd have to face the river cross...

August 6, 2017

The mud squishes underneath our boots. Snow capped granite mountains rise above the trees in the distance. Streams and creeks rush past, cold enough to turn your toes and shins red after just a few moments of wading across them. Wildflowers in a painter's box of color,...

June 5, 2017

Tuscarora quartzite spires jutting out of the mountain top, a trail of rocky cliffs overlooking Catawba valley, snakes, poison ivy, and lots and lots of uphill hiking. Welcome to Virginia's Triple Crown: a 38 mile backpacking loop west of Roanoke. 

When you live near se...

April 18, 2017

It seemed like a good idea at the time. 

Isn't that how many grand adventures get started? You're sitting in your comfortable, air conditioned living room, looking at maps and trail data, and  you come up with some brilliant plan. With eagerness and optimism you set out...

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