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Accepting not Transitioning

I have been off the trail now longer than I was on it. I hiked for 252 days and I can’t say that I am completely back to normal. I don’t think I will ever return to what I was before spending the majority of a year in nature and facing countless challenges my 20-year-old […]

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The Past the Present and the Future of Freeoutside

A lot has happened since the last time I posted: I have moved to Colorado, attended the Outdoor Retailer show, taken a job, battled through the depression of readjustment, gained back some weight, done over 20 presentations and written over 330 pages of my book. There are lots of cool things in the works! I […]

Day 247-Doc Campbell’s Post

CDT day 75-Miles Hiked today: 37 CDT total distance traveled: 2584 Total trail miles: 7464 Avg temps: 70s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: feet Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: vanilla latte or coke at Doc Campbell’s Post During this final two weeks of my adventure I encourage everyone to donate to fight suicide prevention at: Donate here […]

Day 232-Goodbye CO

CDT day 60-Miles Hiked today: 38 CDT total distance traveled: 2064 Total trip miles: 6944 Avg temps: 50s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: feet,toes  Exhaustion level: moderate  Favorite meal: mango homemade mixed drink  The mornings are brutal with this cold autumn weather. I wake up before 6 daily and cringe at the thought of packing up […]

Day 231-Snow fun

CDT day 59-Miles Hiked today: 30 CDT total distance traveled:2026  Total trip miles: 6906 Avg temps: 50s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: feet Exhaustion level: low Favorite meal: aunt Vic’s casserole Within the first mile I knew staying in town overnight was the right decision. There was snow everywhere, ranging from 2 inches to almost a […]

Day 230-Wolf Creek Pass Weather

CDT day 58-Miles Hiked today: 13 CDT total distance traveled: 6876 Total trip miles:  Avg temps: 40s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: feet, cold fingers  Exhaustion level: low Favorite meal: rotisserie chicken After the brutal storm overnight enough snow had accumulated to look like snow. All my gear was wet and my mood was not great. […]

Photos of Colorado 

Colorado has been beautiful, mostly sunny but when the storms roll in they are downright scary. Here are a few photos of one of my favorite states.

Day 229- thunder clatter

CDT day 57- Miles Hiked today: 30 CDT total distance traveled: 1983 Total trip miles: 6863 Avg temps: 50s Injuries: hamstring Achilles  Pain: feet Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: aunt vic casserole  Today was the worst weather I have ever hiked in. I began the day in a valley hiking along a creek where I […]

Day 227-changing weather 

CDT day 55 -Miles Hiked today: 38 CDT total distance traveled: 1923 Total trip miles: 6803 Avg temps: 50s and 60s  Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: feet Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: Aunt Vickie’s Casserole  I had a great run of near perfect weather through Colorado. I believe it only rained a couple times and there […]

Day 226-Rolling Hills

CDT day 54 -Miles Hiked today: 35 CDT total distance traveled: 1885 Total trip miles: 6765 Avg temps: 60s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: knees Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: Kate’s real food Grizz bar Waking up near 12k feet means the morning is going to be even colder than normal. Luckily I have found a […]

Day 222-Let it snow

CDT day 50 -Miles Hiked today: 27 CDT total distance traveled: 1742 Total trip miles: 6622 Avg temps: 60s Injuries: hamstring Achilles  Pain:  Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: dehydrated casserole  It rained all night which means it snowed above 11k feet. Luckily I continued my vacation demeanor and was able to go in to Leadville […]

Day 220-A change in weather 

CDT day 48-Miles Hiked today: 27 CDT total distance traveled: 1688 Total trip miles: 6568 Avg temps: 40s-70s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: head cold Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: grandmas dehydrated chili relleno casserole  I woke up and got one final shower in before heading out to the trail. I swung by the post office […]

Day 218-Berthoud Pass

CDT day 46-Miles Hiked today: 44 CDT total distance traveled: 1625 Total trip miles: 6505 Avg temps: 60s and 79s  Injuries: Achilles hamstring Pain: feet and heels head cold Exhaustion level: extreme  Favorite meal: moms homemade vanilla latte I am the type of person who makes goals that are right on the edge of unachievable […]

Day 216-Parkview Mountain

CDT day 44-Miles Hiked today: 33 CDT total distance traveled: 1545 Total trip miles: 6425 Avg temps: 70s Injuries: hamstring Achilles Pain: feet, hip bruise Exhaustion level: high Favorite meal: Tuscan soup This is really hard. Today was really hard, but I loved it. I have been hiking since before the super bowl. Of the […]

Day 213-Colorado

CDT day 41-Miles Hiked today: 43 CDT total distance traveled: 1448 Total trip miles: 6328 Avg temps: 70s Injuries: Achilles, pulled hamstring  Pain: feet Exhaustion level: moderate Favorite meal: noodles with sausage and cheese Around 10am I entered Colorado. This makes it feel like the real race against the snow has begun. I won’t be […]

Colorado 14ers

Summing up each 14er

As some may know, I completed my final 14er on September 25th! I have had many things get in the way of summarizing the adventure so I have decided to have some fun with it and below I have summed up each Colorado 14er in a sentence or less from my experience climbing them: 14er […]

Colorado 14ers

Culebra Peak: Operation Dark Snake

They call it operation dark snake, and I only heard about it from trying to find a creative way to get up Culebra peak and be able to do all 58 14ers this summer. I found some good information on some blogs online and decided to give it a go. The route would include 25 […]

Colorado 14ers

North Eolus and Mt. Eolus

I woke up early and was ready to begin the big day of hiking and climb four more peaks. The goal was to get up and down Mt. Eolus, North Eolus, Windom Peak and Sunlight Peak before inclimate weather and back to my car at the Purgatory Creek trailhead before too long after dark. It […]

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