Went out to Washington late March of this year to try to get up Mt Rainier, but weather forcast had been looking bad the weeks leading up, and upon arriving we heard that the snow bridges hadn't settled above camp Muir and people were punching through so summiting was out of the question.
Always a disappointing thing to hear, but the first day on the mountain we got a break in the weather and got perfectly blue skies and got to test out some new gear including the NF mountain 25, msr whisperlight, lightning ascents, bd speed 40, and my new la sportiva g5 boots for some future big mountain trips!
Weather turned bad the next day and we had to get off the mountain but it was amazing to get to spend some time on such an incredible mountain and talk with the ranger and guys at RMI .
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Tent upgrade! 🤗
Really you don’t need to spend much on gear to get into hiking. But it does help if the gear is lighter and less bulky. Less room for gear and more room for luxuries (bourbon & chocolate)and extra water.
Just when you’re about to give up, find that extra courage to go just a little further...a surprise 🎁 could be waiting ⏳just like when i went on this hike 🚶🏼♀️ It seemed too long 👣 and dangerous ☠️not to mention too hot 🥵 but when we turned a corner, we found paradise unexpectedly 🏝 so don’t stop chasing your dreams, they might be just round the corner 👣 .
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I cry when I’m overwhelmed outside. Yep, I said it. I know I’m not the only one to do so. For me it’s about a 5 minute pity party where I let it all go, get over it, and keep on moving. Rarely do I let these tears turn me around. But if I’m pushing my limits at all, I start the day knowing there’s a possibility of tears. It’s something I’m trying to work on, something I know is not super helpful in the moment, something I know my mindset can totally change. This day was different, and it felt like a total game changer for me so I wanted to share some thoughts with you. First, set expectations and stick to them. For me this meant taking a break every 1,000 feet regardless of if I was tired or not. Breaking up 10,000 feet into 1,000 foot chunks was way more manageable. Whatever that means for you, set a course for yourself and stick to it. Second, slow down. Stop trying to out pace your standard effort or whatever pace you feel like you ought to be able to go. And if you’re tired, slow down even more. You’re still out there, still getting it done, who cares if it takes 3 more hours to summit. And third, celebrate every small victory. 5,000 feet climbed? Amazing! 8,000 feet? Even better. 10,650 feet? Damn girl, you are badass. All of these things successfully helped me enjoy the day way more than I typically would for this much sustained effort and I did not cry. Even when I was starting to bonk. I psyched myself up, slowed down, and continued on. I can do hard things, and so can YOU.
How I feel about summer hiking 🤗
HUMAN CONNECTION: ‘Be so happy that when others look at you, they become happy too’. I am a very personable person and always find myself making conversation with others, no matter where I am. Whether it’s on a hiking trail, in a line at a grocery store, on the street, in the airport, anywhere. If someone is wearing a name tag, I actual use their name (I know crazy right). If I like someone outfit, hair, tattoo etc. I tell them, if someone looks like they need a pick me up, I smile and ask how their days going. The smallest engagement or compliment can go a FAR far way, and you also never know what will come from that encounter 🤷🏼♀️. I love networking, human connection and hearing pieces of people’s ‘stories’. I definitely get this character trait from my father, who is a social butterfly. It can sometimes make those with me uncomfortable, ‘Oh there she goes again making convo with strangers’, but I don’t mind one bit lol. It’s so easy these days with cellphones (and yes I’m guilty too), too lower that engagement with others as we all seem to be very attached to our phones. It makes me sad to see those going through grocery lines and instead of engaging with the cashier who’s bagging their groceries, on their phone not paying attention. Maybe that’s just me. Does anyone else love making conversation with others when they are ‘out and about!? Would love to hear your thoughts on it #freshairandfreedom