Tough Love on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain

Saturday, January 20th Lower Wolfjaw.  Or Woofjaw, if you pronounce it the way I do. (Must be a LI thing, accents die hard, lol)  This mountain.  It was my nemesis during my regular season 46 hiking.  The route through Rooster Comb was a killer.  Hedgehog was a mess and untouched.  This mountain.  A lesson in …

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Ringing in 2018 on Street & Nye

I mean, I wouldn't necessarily say that -12 degrees is cold.  Yea, just kidding. Brrrrrr! On New Year's Eve, Street and Nye Mountains were on the agenda for my Instagram Takeover for @teacherswhohike. A fantastic site celebrating teachers and their passions, from coast to coast! The temperature was a frigid -12 degrees with a -22 …

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Beauty on Baxter Mountain

The mountains are always a good idea...a glorious idea. It had been 2 whole months since the glorious 46er finish, and I was desperate to get back to the mountains. It was a last-minute trip actually. Originally, I was signed up to run It's a Wonderful Life 5K.  Unfortunately, my hip had flared up again …

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Cliff and Redfield for the Win!

"You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all.  The price is high.  The reward is great."- Maya Angelou Interesting choice of quotes to kickoff the hiking blog that rolled out my 46er finish, right?  If you've been following along with me on …

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Nothin’ But Love Allen!

I know this sounds like crazy talk...but I LOVED Allen Mountain.  LOVED. IN ALL CAPS.  Maybe it was the weather.  I mean, the day shouted "Autumn in the mountains!"  Or maybe it was the company.  Mallory is one of the best hiking gals (and friend) I know! Or maybe, it was just Allen.  The remoteness.  …

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Welcome 2018…I’ve Been Waiting for You.

I blinked and fall flew right by into winter. Family. Hiking. Ebbs. Flows. Birthdays. Holidays. More Ebbs. More Flows. Remembering to breathe it all in and love it all out. Because it's all gonna be alright. You know, braving the wilderness. "Braving the Wilderness" are the words Brené Brown gave to brilliantly describe this exact …

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Soaked on the Sewards

The Seward Range.  Winner for the hike with the least amount of photos taken. Reason?  The most persistent, all day downpour.  With high freezing winds and low temperatures.  Sunday, September 3rd proved to be the extreme opposite of my Santanoni hike the day before. I recognize that hiking these two ranges back-to-back may have been …

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Sunshine on the Santanoni Range

The last time I visited the Santanoni Range, it was March.  After a massive snowstorm.  That dumped a few feet of snow atop of an "already base of a few feet of snow".  We spent most of the day climbing up to Panther Peak and expending tons of energy attempting to break trail to Santanoni Peak...unsuccessfully.  …

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The Dix Range: Go Big or Go Home

"Trusting yourself means living out what you already know to be true." - Cheryl Strayed August 6, 2017 It had been some time since I embarked on a solo hike.  Plus, the Dix Range whispered nudgingly that we had some unfinished business to discuss.  I realized hiking all 5 peaks in the range may have …

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