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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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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Big Slide Mountain via Slide Mt. Brook

We weren't planning to climb any mountains on our "hike out" day from the Johns Brook Lodge.  But the weather was lovely and Mallory hadn't hiked Big Slide so... After breakfast and packing up our gear, we hit the trail at 8:35 a.m.  There was the debate about whether to hike Big Slide with all …

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Haystack, Basin and Saddleback: A JBL Adventure

One of my favorite Mary Oliver quotes is: "That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning: Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" Yes, actually.  Almost 2 weeks ago, Mallory and I responded with answer of "alive' with a side of "heck yeah!"  On July 10th, …

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March Madness Continues on Panther Peak

"When you're a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and the beauty of the contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher."  When a snowstorm hits a few days before you planned to hike the Santanoni Range, you go anyway and pray for the best!  Probability of the trails on a remote range being …

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Rising Together on Skylight & Gray

"Magic happens when you don't give up. Even though you want to.  The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart."- jmstorm Winter hiking is certainly full of magic! On Sunday, February 19th, my dear friend Mallory and I put our stubborn hearts to the test when we set out to climb Mount Skylight …

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