26

April

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Pacific Crest Trail Update: San Jacinto, The Rock Slide and a Well Earned Zero

San Jacinto:  After taking a zero day (zero miles hiked) on day 9 outside of Warner Springs, we headed out again with a couple of friends who joined us on trail for a few miles. The next day we took a short break off trail to eat an awesome meal at Paradise Valley Cafe (a must eat) then headed back out and up that afternoon. It was tough to get going again after a bunch of food but we forged on steadily, hoping for good weather up on San Jacinto. To get out of the heavy wind and to get water we headed off trail 1 mile. I’m not a fan of extra trail miles but when water is needed, […]

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Category: Adventure

17

April

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Pacific Crest Trail Day 8: Morning, Geographic Diversity and People

Morning I’m hiking with my dear friend Diane, who got her trail name, Guppy, a couple days ago on her 61st birthday. We have been having a blast chatting about just about everything as we meander along. Guppy is a bit slower than I at packing up camp in the morning, so I take off ahead of her to enjoy the early quiet of the desert.  I can hear my breathing begin to open up as my feet crunch the dry earth with each step. Its cool in the morning so it feels comforting to be a bit bundled up, but I’m not cold. It feels invigorating. I flush out birds nesting in the brush beside the trail, notice the […]

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Category: Adventure

07

April

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The Pre-Hike Yo-Yo

Also Published on The Trek Yo-Yo Taming As we pulled out of our driveway in Northern Washington, I suddenly started sobbing. The gut-wrenching kind of sob that makes you blow a lot of snot on your hand. We just finished our gorgeous new home that we’ve been fully consumed with working on for two years—about a week ago—and now I am abandoning it for several months to walk north and sleep in the dirt. Sometimes timing is an odd bitch.  Before rolling out of town we stopped in at our attorneys office to, sign our Will. More sobering timing. Finally hopping on Highway 5 to head south, I turned to my husband Chris, to declare the current reality check so […]

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Category: Adventure

27

September

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John Muir Trail Thru-Hike Recap

For 18 days we backpacked from a parking lot in Yosemite Valley to Whitney Portal—a total of 223 miles—211 of these were on the John Muir Trail. Obtaining this difficult-to-get permit which starts at Happy Isles in the Valley, and finishes at the top of Mt. Whitney at 14,505 ft (4421m), is considered a win of “The Golden Ticket”, as thousands apply for this particular route each year. I had fast-packed most of the trail prior, but my 4 companions had not, nor had they backpacked in the wilderness for more than a few days at a time. At an age range of 56 to 60 years, we were all first-timers at doing the whole trail in one fell swoop. […]

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Category: Adventure

16

April

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Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 Platinum Tent

With all the chat that many ultralight 2-person tents these days are not quite roomy enough for 2 people, I was pleasantly surprised with the shoulder, foot and head room in this tent. Since I have never purchased an ultralight 2-person tent (I tend to fly solo), the weight of this beauty was breathtaking—a mere 2 lb 5 oz—partly because of that, the price was also breathtaking ($600). Its tough to imagine that tent material this light weight will keep out the elements but the rain and snow pummeling we got on its first night out, left us cozy and dry inside. The only infrequent drip we got was because the weight of the snow and water accumulation on the […]

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Category: Adventure

06

March

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Runners Workout Handbook

Observing the runners this past weekend at the Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon I was reminded, yet again, that some runners arrive at start lines ready to execute effectively and well, some don’t. I love creating new tools to help the latter, so that their next experience can be optimal! Here is info on one of my latest: Whether you run competitively, to get fit or to stay fit, The Runner’s Workout Handbook is your complete guide to finding innovative and engaging running plans to make the most of your training time, providing a wide variety of workouts to keep you challenged and motivated, all while improving your performance. Expert and multi-sport coach Terri Schneider combines skill training with variations […]

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Category: Books