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 […]

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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 […]

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The Journey is Good, Too.

A few days ago, I returned to one of my first and favorite hikes, the Mirror Lake trail to Tom Dick & Harry Mountain on Mt. Hood. I’ve done so many incredible trails and have the longest list of ones I have yet to do, but some call me back over and over. This is […]

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Trekking Poles

Gear posts are often horribly condescending (Hiking in hiking boots? You’re doing it WRONG!) Or, just plain financially inaccessible to most of us. However, I have something to say: TREKKING POLES!!!! Oh shit, am I really doing a gear post?

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