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#AdventureMonday 5-25-2015

On this special #AdventureMonday let us first take a moment to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. On this day shall forever memorialize those who have passed in the line of duty defending our freedom and democracy.

Exclusive: Interview with Hiker Who Assisted FBI in Arrest of James “Bismark” Hammes

In a previous post, I reported circumstances surrounding the arrest of Appalachian Trail hiker James “Bismarck” Hammes at Trail Days in Damascus, VA. A recent article in the Mississippi newspaper, “The Dispatch”, reported that a former...Show More Summary

Ride or Die: Confessions of a (almost) yellowblazer 

if you just came here for yellowblazing drama go to day 8-10 Day 6 Miles walked: 17.24 Total miles: 117.88 Starting location: highway 78/Julian Ending location: unmarked spur trail to Lost Creek Road Eagle rock, and wildlife encounters Ill elaborate on 2 things today. Eagle rock: today......

Dazed and Confused: Hot Springs to Erwin

I left off in Hot Springs, after completing GSMNP and looking forward to attending Trail Days in Damascus (otherwise known as “Trail Daze”). I’m on limited computer/town time so this isn’t going to be a day-by-day update, but I’ll try to hit all the high (and low) points since then. Zero to Hero We took......

One Photo, One Story: Backpacking the Grand Canyon’s Royal Arch Loop

By Michael Lanza On the last morning of a three-day, 34.5-mile backpacking trip on the Grand Canyon’s remote and very rugged Royal Arch Loop, I got this photo of my friend David Ports at a spot where the Tonto Trail … Continue readi...

Hot Springs, NC to Erwin, TN

Posted from Erwin, TN. Mile point 342.9 We left Hot Springs, NC on Monday May 18th and arrived in Erwin, TN today, Saturday May 23rd. It’s the longest stretch of time that we have been without a town break–six days of living in the woods without a shower! I felt so sticky and so stinky......

A View of Trail Days From a Virgin, And Some Trail Update

Trail Days. It’s a must do for hikers….at least once. Though you may get hooked. A weekend spent in Damascus, VA with Tramily, and like minded friends that you haven’t met yet. A chance to win some awesome gear, and even buy some crafts. You can drink, you can not drink; you can stay up......

Raindrops Keep Falling on Our Heads 

Day 54 The possible overnight rainstorms never quite came and the morning air still felt as though the rain would come at any moment. Before we left the shelter we refilled our Easter eggs, in preparation of recycling the trail magic by hanging the eggs in trees up the trail. The day turned out to......

Journeys, Meditation, and Answers 

While I was living in Shanghai a year ago, though I had tried it before, I started to read some books and take meditation seriously. I started a practice in which I would meditate 20 minutes in the morning and evening, switching it up at times to 30 minutes once a day, and usually for......

Transition into Motherhood

  I should probably wait to write this so I don’t get anymore “just you wait” comments but I feel that I am ready to talk about my transition into motherhood. During my… Continue reading ?

Shipwreck Coast, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

I’m planning to do the Shipwreck end of June 2015. :-) It’s 20 miles from Rialto Beach to the Lake Ozette Ranger Station. From Lake Ozette, you can tack on another 15 miles from the ranger station to Shi Shi … Continue reading ?

Bates’ Newest Release

A permanent fixture in the tactical footwear industry since 1885, Bates continues its streak of excellence with its latest launch. Let us introduce you to the all-new Bates Strike.

Atkins to Daleville VA

Day 35 Why is it that I am not surprised, when the white girl with dreadlocks asks me my favorite color followed by my zodiac sign? She is totally chill and fine, but it is always fun meeting a stereotype. They exist for an reason people… Did 16.2 miles out of Atkins to the Lynn......

Gear Friday: Puma Ignite

When the folks at Puma sent me a parcel filled with gear from their new Ignite PWRCOOL line, I… The post Gear Friday: Puma Ignite appeared first on Just a Colorado Gal.

10 MORE Spectacular Blue Blazes (and Other Short Side Trails) on the Appalachian Trail

It’s no secret that the Appalachian Trail (AT) takes you to many breathtaking destinations. However, if those white blazes guided you to every worthwhile destination in Appalachia it’d take a lot more than six months and 2000 miles to reach the end. Therefore we must rely on those trusty blue blazes to take us places the......

Review: Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody

Hybrid Insulation Jacket Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody $185, 10 oz. (men’s medium) Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL On cool mornings in May while backpacking the Grand Canyon’s Royal Arch Loop, and in late March on a five-day, family backpacking … Continue reading ?

Lagunas Altas Trail, Patagonia Park, Chile

Conservación Patagónica is a conservation group whose mission is “to create national parks in Patagonia … Founded in 2000 by Kristine Tompkins, former CEO of Patagonia, Inc, … I was there near the beginning. Not much to see. A simple … Continue reading ?

Expedition Alaska Adventure Race documentary

Great news. :-) Expedition Alaska has a film crew. LIKE and SHARE this photo on Facebook.

The View from Stinson Mountain

Located just outside Rumney, near Plymouth, New Hampshire, Stinson Mountain (2900?) is way off the beaten track as far as White Mountain peaks go and finding the trail head is an adventure all by itself. Once I left pavement and headed down the unpaved road that surrounds Stinson Lake, I relied on my intuition and followed the […]            

Resettling: Life at Home (For Now)

We’ve been “home” for about two months now. I’ve sat down a number of times to explain how that feels and each time I abandon the effort for something easier like reading or, ahem, eating.

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