Slainte from Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant!

The day was St. Patrick's Day.  Bluebird skies. Crisp, fresh pow. And a dash of mountain air conditioning.  Four incredibly good hikers set forth for the adventure of their lives.  Erin go bragh!! Wait? I'm not even Irish... Ok...maybe that was a slight exaggeration. There were actually some clouds in the sky. 😉 You know …

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“It’s a Family Thing” on Cascade & Porter

February 18th "We are family....get up everyone and sing!" It was time to join forces for a winter hike!  My daughter Nina and I.  Mallory, Parker and his girlfriend, Emily.  When we have each other, we have everything.  Cascade and Porter would be Nina and Em's first high peaks!  Mallory needed them for her first …

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Winter on Big Slide Mountain

Sunday, January 21st The weekend of third timers!  My original plan was to hike part of the Dix Range for my winter round, but my #bumhip was not cooperating.  So Plan B it was:  Braids, Buttsleds and Big Slide Mountain.  This trip was my 3rd time climbing Biggie.  Much like my experience with LWJ, my …

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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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