Ape Canyon (+ writing)

(Trail specs at the end)

My body’s been a mess and my head even worse, but when my alarm goes off I’m up. The only thing that can get me out of bed after working late and only getting five-and-a-half hours of sleep is an all day hiking adventure. I wake up feeling different. Not as full of apprehension as I often am lately. Maybe, it’s just that I’m about to hang out with my very favorite mountain, Mount St. Helens.

I know the ride up there so well I tick off all of the sights as I drive, giant coffee steaming in one hand. Yale Park with it’s post-apocalyptic old tree stumps surrounded by lake. The little roadside teepee selling wooden flutes and moccasins. What adventures the many turnoffs lead to. I get so nostalgic for the best camping and hiking I’ve ever done and excited about how much still awaits me. I may never do it all in this life and there’s something marvelous about that. A mountain cannot be conquered, this is a good thing. Be more mountain-like, I think. The morning is much colder than I thought it would be. Dark, too. The weather report, which I check obsessively according to my girlfriend, calls for partial sun. Maybe, later? I can’t tell if it’s mist or light rain beginning to coat my windshield and I start to wonder if I’ll regret not packing gloves and a rain jacket. It’s early September! How are these allowed to be thoughts already? Continue reading “Ape Canyon (+ writing)”

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Mt. Adams Wilderness (revisited)

The day I attempted this trail for the first time, was actually the day I decided to start this blog. It was awesome to revisit at it’s peak season and actually complete it this time, as well as revisit the old write-up and see how far this blog has come in almost a year. I’m so endeared to how it has taken shape, figuring out where my strengths and weaknesses are, what matters and doesn’t. This full circle experience has unleashed so much new and pent up inspiration. Continue reading “Mt. Adams Wilderness (revisited)”

Silver Falls State Park

  • Level: Moderate
  • Length: 7.5 miles (shorter loop options listed below)
  • Elevation: 600* ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: $5 parking pass at kiosk
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h15m
  • Google map: “Silver Falls State Park”

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Cape Lookout

  • Level: Easy  (Beginner Level: Challenging.)
  • Length: 4.8 miles
  • Elevation: 400* ft. gain
  • Type: out and back
  • Open: all year
  • Permit: n/a
  • Drive time from Portland: 1h40m
  • Google map: “Cape Lookout Trailhead”

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The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts – Hanne Blank

The idea of exercise has gotten completely screwed up. None of us are exempt from this culture of body shame, even people who have the “right” bodies and do all of the “right” things. We are told our bodies need to be “fixed” and we can do that with exercise. We aren’t told it just feels good and makes our bodies, minds and overall health better. Continue reading “The Unapologetic Fat Girl’s Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts – Hanne Blank”

Travel Journal: June 16 – 22, 2016: The Big Island of Hawai’i

Locations: Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea Crater, Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, Wai’ale Falls, Rainbow Falls, Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden, Akaka Falls, Lava Tree State Park, Pohoiki Warm Pond, Kehena Black Sand Beach, Pahoa, Kahalu’u Beach, Honaunau Bay aka “Two Step” Continue reading “Travel Journal: June 16 – 22, 2016: The Big Island of Hawai’i”

The Adventure Gap – James Edward Mills

The central story follows Expedition Denali, the first all Black mountaineering team to attempt summiting Denali, but it is so much more than that. Mills is a talented chronologer and historian who exposes the missing and even hidden history of Black people in the outdoors and the ways that has lead to disinterest in outdoor exploration existing today in the Black community. I found the story and history so incredibly exciting, so moving, but also tragic in it’s lack of exposure. I want to do everything I can as an unlikely outdoorsperson to help bring stories like these to light. Read this book!!! Continue reading “The Adventure Gap – James Edward Mills”