Felt sooo good to be back on a mountain. 😍 It had been a minute.
3 2619 minutes ago
It never was about numerical age.
People focus too much on what the calendar says and not on what age REALLY means.
I walked into a photo studio today to get my old, soviet union analog camera checked out.
There, I met a gentleman in his 60's there who asked which university I was attending.
"I'm not," I said, "I'm way past my college years."
"couldn't tell," he replied, "you look so radiant, I wouldn't give you a year past 20."
So it got me thinking.
Age is not about a number. It's about how you FEEL and what you PROJECT.
We shouldn't talk about being "young" but about being "youthful" instead.
And one is YOUTHFUL when:
-they are satisfied with their job
-they are surrounded by family and friends
-they eat well and exercise, taking care of the body
-they take care of their spirituality and read
All that culminates in a smile and a glow, where numbers are irrelevant.
What does youth mean to you?
Photo by @tippington1 shot in @tabaconresort
“You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.” —Stacy London
For me then mountains, hiking to a summit brings my such peace and grounds me back to what truly matters in life. It helps me refocus and hit a refresh button. •
What is your peace that helps you refocus, hit that refresh button and really bring you grounded?
1 1021 minutes ago
“Are you free tomorrow?” Me: NO! I’m expensive! #SavageMood
If you want a great 360 view of the island, this is the hike for you! ((No bugs 🐜))
Today we began our long journey back down to Lukla. What we accomplished in 8 days on the way up to Everest Base Camp, we now have to cover in 3 days going back down. Our first day down consisted of almost 10 miles, trying to cover as much ground as possible. One of the beautiful things about descending in elevation instead of climbing up is that you have the energy to look around and appreciate your surroundings. The beauty of this trek is incomparable to anything I’ve ever experienced before. And tonight as we went around the dinner table and all shared what our experience along the trail was, the beauty of Nepal was definitely a common theme.
I thought I wouldn't want to see Mount Rainier again for a few years after she hurt me two years in a row now... but I already miss her, and I think I need to give her one more shot. #thirdtimesacharm So if that doesn't tell you about my personality, I don't know what will 😅🥰
1 1032 minutes ago
11.17.19 - Virginia Hawkins Falls
Rainbows make shooting waterfalls on sunny days a little more bearable
I bike 7.5 miles to and from work each day, rain or shine. Since I work 9 to 5, this means I leave home when its light out and return in the dark. I always pack rain gear and plenty of warm clothes, and use bright lights. .
This is my sanctuary to worship,
A place hidden amongst the trees.
Sandstone cliffs and waterfalls,
My face cool from a breeze.
No need to search for answers
They know just where I'll be.
Worshipping the earth surrounding
My sanctuary amongst the trees.
This is the land of the Shawnee, Osage, Miami, Wyandot and possibly other Hopewell cultures. .
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“Autumn Blush” looks right at home amongst all these nature treasures. If you have a hiker or Acadia National Park lover on your list this year consider gifting them a piece of art.
1 171 hour ago
“I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it.” ~Tupac
One of the things I love about the Northeast this time of year is the unveiling of nature’s hidden places when the trees undress.
Hempstead Lake State Park
Rockville Centre, New York
2019: Hike 113
2018+: Hike 180
1 181 hour ago
Sun in my eyes kind of smile ☀️✨
2 581 hour ago
Counting fishies #🐠 And counting the days till my next bicycle trip..
5 351 hour ago
Throw back to summer and some of the bluest water I've ever seen. I cant wait to return here next summer. There is a lake beyond this one that we didnt make it too because the dogs were too tired so we plan to go back and spend more time here. Are there any places you visited this year that you are planning on returning too again?
Flashback to this amazing ladies hikes at the end of the summer ❤️ 4 days until Monday 🎉
1 91 hour ago
How many of you feel the same?
1 261 hour ago
Double tap if you love to explore the outdoors! 🏔🌲👍 People should hike more and get outside 🥾 If you get outside make sure to tag #hikyoga or @hikyoga We will be doing random giveaways with some of our Hikyoga gear!
Shapes and textures of Badwater Basin. 💀 Did you know that Death Valley is the hottest place on earth? The world’s highest air temperature of 134F (57C) was recorded here in July of 1913. 🔥
1 141 hour ago
A little late with posting this: Mount Monadnock, 11.02.19. The foliage may have been completely gone by this point but we made up for the lack of color with our vibrant plaid & striped clashing outfits👌🏻
We hike Mondanock pretty often since it’s not too far from where we live in Western Mass. When we do, we always take the Marlboro trail which we like because, 1. it’s much less heavily trafficked than the White Dot and the other trails that originate from that main parking lot, 2. it’s more gradual than the aforementioned popular trails, and 3. you don’t have to pay the park entry fee at the M trailhead. Would recommend taking an SUV or truck if you have one as the dirt road leading up to this trailhead is typically pretty rough and full of potholes.
I got to try out my new Altras on this hike! I’ve always been a traditional hiking boot wearer but decided to give trail runners a try and heard good things about @altrarunning. These are the Timp 1.5s and I got them a half size up and they fit perfectly. For anyone that doesn’t know, Altra makes shoes with the intention of positioning your foot as it would be barefoot. So they have a wider toe box for your toes to splay out comfortably and a “zero drop” sole so that your heel and toes are on the same level, instead of the heel being set higher. The zero drop and lack of ankle support will take some getting used to for me but they’re really comfortable and I like them so far!
1 291 hour ago
Tuca d'Aneto (3.404m), the roof of the Pyrenees 🔥🖤.
Paso de Mahoma was crazy frozen & technical... so ice axe season is also ON ⚒🔥!!! #Aneto#Aragon ♥️
12 9451 hour ago
I have always been a firm goal-setter; whether it be setting them for any given day, or plotting lofty lifelong goals.
As some know, I had a rather ambitious ADK 46 list scribbled down for this year.
To my disappointment, I will not be able to end the year crossing off all the hikes I had written down on said list.
Initially beating myself up over this “fail”, I took a step back to realize how far I’ve come from when I began last summer.
My first hike to Cascade and Porter (hastily Googled the night prior), I was wearing a sweater with holes in it (true story) and didn’t bring a proper jacket with me (also a true story and v alarming...) I am the first to admit I had no clue what I was getting myself into. So I can safely say I’ve come quite a ways since then.
In addition to embarking on some rather challenging solo hikes, I met some inspiring people, educated myself extensively, leaned into others’ expertise and experiences, and overall, learned so much more than I ever could have imagined.
Long story short:
Instead of just crossing peaks off a list I truly immersed myself in a place I love, enjoyed the energy of the outdoors,
and even met new people along the way.
While I do love a list and believe it is a powerful tool, the whole picture is never painted there.
I recognize it’s vital to remain flexible and be open to any sort of change or redirection.
So when it comes to not always meeting your goals within the timeframe you expected to (short term or long term):
Don’t beat yourself up over it as much as you might want to. It’s not productive. You’re doing the best you can. Everyday, you have the opportunity to show up for yourself a little more than the day before.
My ADK 46er journey is just that - a journey, not a destination. One with highs, lows, unexpected reroutes, detours, and unbelievable rewards.
The achievements will come; so don’t forget to be present during the actual journey, soak in all those unquantifiable moments, and of course, feel all the feels.
6 881 hour ago
When you google the Faroe Islands, most likely the first picture you see is of this waterfall, Múlafossur. It's the most iconic landmark of the Faroes.⠀
The first time I set up my camera to shoot Múlafossur, the weather was perfect... just a few clouds in the blue sky.⠀
With waterfalls, I like to do longer exposures to show a smooth flow of water. To do it accurately, you need to have some sort of remote for your camera, because if you press the shutter button on the camera, it’s very likely you’ll just slightly shake the camera causing a blurred photo.⠀
I realized I left my camera remote in the car, which was a couple minutes walk from where I was. I didn't want to pack up everything, go to my car to get it, walk back, and set up everything again. (It's a process when you factor in tripods and filters.) So I decided to wing it thinking I could get one or two clear shots, which it looked like I accomplished on my camera screen.⠀
When I got back to my Airbnb and looked at the pics on my computer, I realized that wasn't the case. All of them were blurry.⠀
So two days later, I trucked it out to the spot to shoot the waterfall again. This time I made sure I had my remote. The weather wasn't blue skies, but rainy with heavy cloud cover.⠀
At first I was upset about it, but the more I looked at the photos, I was actually really happy with the clouds. It represents the weather in the Faroes more accurately, and the clouds give it much more of a moodiness that wasn't in the first batch of pictures.⠀
2 371 hour ago
In the middle of the woods enjoying the beautiful autumn colors 🍂 🍁
We met by chance at a spring outside of Duncannon, PA. I shared my spinach and he shared his War Heads. It was the kind of meeting where everything just feels right. No small talk. Just love and laughter. It was natural that we would start walking together. One and a half years later, our backpacks are gone, we shower a bit more regularly, we’ve climbed our fair share of metaphorical mountains, and we are still walking together- this time without the trails end looming in our future. In this photo, we’re hiding out from a thunder storm on Franconia Ridge in a make-shift set up on the side of the mountain. I’d be pretty happy to weather any storm with this guy.
Currently, we are living in a cozy apartment on the east side of Madison, WI. We still eat a lot of Annie’s Mac and cheese and our room is filled with beautiful photos Adam has taken of our time on trails. This is most definitely love.
This past weekend I got to spend the whole weekend in one of my FAVE Colorado spots while celebrating my guys birthday! I have visited Crested Butte a few times before and absolutely fell in love with the small-town feel, down to earth people and obviously the views 😍 I’ve had a hankering to go back and it made for the PERFECT weekend getaway. I took one for the team and tried ALL THE FOOD + yummy drinks Crested Butte had to offer to give y’all the best recommendations 😂 you’re welcome!!!!! .
. 🚘 Getting there ▸ 4.5 hour drive from Denver. Yeahhh it’s kinda far BUT you avoid front-range crowds. .
📍 Lodging ▸ We stayed at the lovely Old Town Inn right in the heart of the town of Crested Butte! They are locally owned + operated, extremely eco-friendly with their products and practices AND pet-friendly 🐶(which is a big deal for me). You can walk everywhere you need to go in town, or use their complimentary bikes to get around 🚲 They also offer complimentary breakfast 🍳 we had such a great experience there and I’d highly recommend if you visit CB! .
. ☕️ Coffee/Breakfast spots ▸ Camp 4 Coffee, Butte Bagels (try their classic latke), Octopus Coffee .
. 🍕 Lunch or Dinner spots ▸ Bonez (tacos/margs), Montanya Distillery (get the loaded sweet potato fries!!!!!!!!!), Secret Stash (pizza), Django’s (nicer meal/dessert) .
. 🍹Drinks ▸ Montanya Distillery for the yummiest tropical bevs, Dogwood for classy cocktails, Kochevar’s Saloon Talk of the Town or Eldo for divey bars with games .
. 🥾 Nearby trails ▸ Woods Walk, Lost Lake, Emerald lake, Crested Butte Mountain, Oh Be Joyful Creek, West Maroon Pass, Judd Falls, Lower Loop Trail . *The mountain doesn’t open for skiing til Thanksgiving weekend which meant we were in the town during “off-season”. Lots of places were closed and the town was very slow. We didn’t mind but just be sure to check before you go to be sure you’re going to get the type of mountain weekend you want!* .
The best part about Crested Butte is that it’s the LEAST pretentious mountain town. Seriously. It has the coolest people, most relaxed energy and just feels homey 🤗
18 1,24219 November, 2019
2,653.1 miles. 146 days. Canada to Mexico. We walked from border to border — one footstep at a time.
In the morning yesterday, I woke up to the soft rustle of leaves in the tree branches above our tent — the most charming alarm clock. It was just a moment, like so many priceless moments on the trail that add up to this incredible adventure. I feel so lucky to have passed through this beautiful corridor of Washington, Oregon, and California. I feel grateful to have gone through the trail with only the usual aches and pains. I feel overwhelmed with the generosity we experienced. Throughout these months, trail angels and ordinary people opened their homes to us, gave us rides, and shared food with us. I feel so much joy to have walked every step with @hike.hairily — you kept me laughing even when my feet were crying out in pain.
47 1,24020 November, 2019
I’ve called myself a self proclaimed narcissist, psychopath, a mess, a fool and a plethora of other self deprecating words, in an effort to seem modest, and they've gotten me nowhere.
My dear fellow women, we have been fed a lie, a self depreciating lie.
How many times have we done it, said something self deprecating about ourselves to not seem braggy or cocky.. How many times have we done it in front of men? How many times have we been scared to admit or share our big ideas.
According to my stats, 81% of my followers are women, which means maybe 81% of you have probably undervalued yourself at the fear of not being able to fill in the shoes of whatever you think you aren't.
Youre selling yourself short and most importantly you're letting others know its okay to undervalue you, underpay you, overstep your boundaries.
But its 2019, you have other women watching, you have little girls watching you!
YOU ARE INTELLIGENT.
YOU ARE KICKING ASS.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, WITTY, A GOOD FRIEND.
YOU ARE WORTHY OF RESPECT.
YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE.
All these things I know are hard to say especially if like me you have played into the self depreciation game for far too long. But repeat them over and over, because come 2020 we are done undervaluing ourselves.
Listen, I may not be the loudest voice in the room, the most eloquent, the most creative but,
Im Karen, I’m one of a kind.. And I’m a pretty damn good hiker, Im compassionate, I've got the work ethic of an ox, I’m humble, I’m a good friend and I’m making an impact in people's lives. MY WORK MATTERS AND I MATTER.
NOW YOUR TURN
Stop selling yourself short, if you’re up for the challenge, please share in the comments some self affirmations about you or a friend you value:
(*edit: I have kindly been made aware that by using mental health diagnoses as sub clinical descriptors I am inadvertently undervaluing people, so I am sorry I will work on using my words more wisely, and hopefully help others learn from my mistakes♥️)
157 2,95612 hours ago
When @peanutbuttakellietime suggested this hike Jessica and I were just coming off a 4 day PNW road trip hiking extravaganza. It was day 5 of our little staycation and we planned on resting up and staying close. We instantly jumped on the idea of one more hike and we are so glad we did! A very pleasant hike with an amazing view at the end was the perfect end to our #getoutside time off!💙🏔
Some adventures are more fun with friends. Especially when there’s risk... or waterfalls involved!
We haven’t done this in a while, so we’re doing a #womencrushwednesday post!
Tag one 👇 of your women who hike friends or a woman you follow here on IG who inspires you to get out and explore!
44 2,53719 hours ago
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