Who else starts adventure day dreaming and reminiscing the second it starts warming up again? My mind is all over the country (& globe) coming up with the next run-venture. What do you have on your 2020 calendar?! .
Currently doing laundry and packing because tomorrow afternoon I’m reuniting with these two badass women for a long weekend of adventures and fun in the Rocky Mountains!! We haven’t been together since our little hiking family summited Mt. Whitney last summer!! I can’t wait to see you @radriley90 and @bonjourbecky 💕
“And into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” John Muir 💕🏔 This pic was from 3 am-ish in the morning at the Mt Whitney trailhead. There’s nothing quite so transformative as only being able to see what is 1-2 steps ahead of you as you spend hours navigating a trail you’ve never seen in the inky darkness of the Whitney wilderness. Hearing the sounds of rushing water, knowing you must navigate steps through streams and falls and drops you can’t see. You learn to let go. Surrender. Trust yourself and your training and soak in the joy of each successful step without occupying the mind with what’s next. It’s truly a crash course in surrender.
I hike for so many reasons and appreciate the physical strength it brings but could never begin to measure the inner strength it continues to grown in me. To more adventures and lessons from the wilderness. 💫 🏔💕 #mtwhitney#adventure#hikes#johnmuir#lessons#happiness#beauty#mountains#outdoors#letsgo#willienelson
A few days ago, we made it to the top of Mount Whitney. We tried this mountain during the winter three times before and due to weather conditions we didn’t make it. This time around it was still extremely challenging and we added extra miles to the original route (the route to the head trail was closed because of the snow)but at the end of the day we made it. We made it to the summit via the mountaineering route. It took us a total of three days to make it up and back down and it was exhausting. We experienced winds over 40mph that pushed us around, and temperatures of ~5F. But after it was all said and done, this experience was wonderful and we got to enjoy Whitney and embraced all the challenges that came with it. #mountainClimber#mountainWhitney#theTallestMountain in #contiguousUSA#outdoorLover#backpackerAtHeart#mountaineeringRoute#mtWhitney#14505ft
last fall was so crazy i forgot to post this! right after the end of the quota period on 11/3/2019, i grabbed a permit and did a dayhike up the highest mountain in the us outside alaska, mount whitney. 7ish hrs up, 5ish down for the 22 miles and 6000 ft gain, started just before sunrise driving up from my motel and ended after sunset. honestly, i think elbert, a similar height, kicked my butt much more as it was way steeper and shorter with bad traction in many places. whitney just felt like an endless treadmill at 8%, nothing too bad, which got really annoying going back down. perfect weather, no clouds and wind at the top, almost t-shirt weather. i did almost cry when i came over the pass looking into sequoia because it was so beautiful though. #california#sierranevada#sierras#whitney#mtwhitney#inyonationalforest#sequoianationalpark#kingscanyonnationalpark#publiclands#14ers#mountain#hiking#dayhike#campvibes#nationalforest
"The next time you pick up a camera think of it not as an inflexible and automatic robot, but as a flexible instrument which you must understand to properly use. And electronic and optical miracle creates nothing on its own! Whatever beauty and excitement it can represent exist in your mind and spirit to begin with." - Ansel Adams, Book 1: Basic Techniques of Photography
Happy birthday, Ansel Adams. Your work and vision continue to inspire me!
Home sometimes looks like this. And having company come for a visit is an extra plus. @this_girl_hikes
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Went camping this last weekend in Alabama Hills and I thought I’d try a little astro again. My first attempt sucked a few years back. Know why? My lens cap was on 🤣😂. This night was neat because it was a moonless sky(up until about midnight)! The glow that you see is Venus ✨. Also this photo was taken at 7:14pm! Seems early right?
I knew the Eastern Sierra would be beautiful. But I wasn’t prepared for the sheer scale. Swipe to see the tiny car & tent in this photo 👀➡️
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- "Mount Whitney California" by @kenharrisonart. This piece is currently available online or from the Gallery and measures 36" x 36".
-Born in southern Saskatchewan in 1951, Kenneth is a self-taught artist, and has relied on practice and determination to develop his own sense of style and direction. Ken is a natural born artist, with a passion for drawing, design and painting. Over many years of developing his God given talent and commitment to record the landscape he has evolved from impressionism to modernism and concentrates on style and color.
Stop by and check out his work in person.
204 Wisconsin Ave. Whitefish, Mt
This weekend we climbed Mount Whitney. I made it to what looked like a stones throw, but felt like an eternity away from the summit. That was a tough pill to swallow. The daylight faded fast, but not before @kylenedde and I stood awestruck for a few seconds while the golden hour shone upon the remote parts of the Sierra. And judging by the fact that I later had to down climb an icy slope with ice axes and crampons 10 minutes before dark and a star in the sky, it was the best call.
Here’s us approaching the ‘up’ on the way up. You know it’s about to get steep when @blakeweyland lifts his...’one time per day only’ risers.
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What does home mean to you?
With so many life changes, this question has been constantly on my mind. I’ve been happy and focused on experiences, friends, and family. But it’s hard to shake the desire to put down roots as the concept of home and our conditioned attachment to stability creeps into my thoughts.
“My favorite adventure was hiking Mount Whitney in California because it was the most challenging thing I've ever done. It's the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,508 ft and has a 22 mile trail. My sister and I went in early june when the 99 switchbacks and the top of the trail were still covered in snow and ice. There was this one woman who was in this shop in lone pine, the town at the base of the mountain and she really put us down thinking we couldn't do it. A few minutes later these young guys came in saying that they opened the switchbacks and were able to summit, and they told me and my sister that we should try it. So we did. We started off so early in the morning and both got elevation sickness on the way, but we summited and came down 18 hours later. I guess I learned that I'm more likely to do things that are riskier if others think that I cant do it, whetherthat's bad or not. I also learned that you can really push yourself when you need to and persevere. For a bit I wasn't sure what would happen, but we made it 💪🏼.” .
📸: @emfghisk .
Thinking of doing the #tahoerimtrail this year, but still in the beginning stages of logistics. Anyone have any helpful tips/tricks?
Here's a pic from the #jmt2018 with #mtwhitney way back there, which we had summited the day before. It was the longest day of hiking at 17 miles, and boy did I feel it at the end of the day
If we have been comfortably tackling about 12-14 miles per day in the high Sierra, what is a comparable distance for a day on the TRT? Less elevation gain/loss so thinking we might be able to go a little farther each day.
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I love Southern California, because if you leave LA you are just hours from the mountains, desert, snow, waterfalls, aches, hot springs, and an abundance of natural beauty.
Pictured here is one of the many Alabama Hills Arches, that perfectly frames Lone Pine. An amazing hiking area at the bottom of Mt Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,505ft.
I’ll be posting in my story over the next month places you can drive to from LA, like @alabama_hills !! .
Mount Whitney! Das eigentliche Ziel. Trotz einiger Extrameilen hat es sich doch sehr gelohnt. Mein erster Viertausender. Wie Leute bei Schnee hier hochgestapft sind, davor habe ich viel Respekt. Durch die Höhe (4421m) war der Aufstieg anstrengend, aber nicht schwierig. Sehr kalt am Morgen und gleichzeitig so schön mit dem Sonnenaufgang! Noch dazu konnte ich mit so einer lieben Gruppe laufen. Immer wieder haben wir uns davor mehr oder weniger zufällig getroffen. Umso schöner, so den PCT zusammen abzuschließen.
So dankbar bin ich für die Erfahrungen, die Erlebnisse in der Natur und die vielen Bekanntschaften die ich auf den PCT machen durfte. Den Kopf voller Pläne gehe ich nach Hause und freue mich darum auch sehr auf die kommende Zeit. #pct2019#pcta#mtwhitney#finish#thruhike