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Last summer I did something completely crazy: I spent 3 days at a silent yoga/meditation retreat. What I thought would be my worst idea ever actually became my best. I learned a lot about myself, rebooted my brain, sharpened my senses, and experienced first-hand how powerful the mind can really be.

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Back in July I headed to Southern California to climb its 3 tallest peaks in 3 days as part of Adventure 16’s 3 Peak Challenge. Who was crazy enough to join me? My folks of course! It turned out to be an amazing weekend and a reminder that staying active is the best medicine of all!

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Rich with history, The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. Horseshoe Basin in its northeastern corner is a high alpine tundra-like environment unlike anything else in the state. It’s been on my list to explore for far too long. Last weekend I finally ventured there and left in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness.

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I think it’s easy for most of us to support our local search and rescue teams, but it’s tough to grasp the level of effort required for a rescue. Last weekend some friends and I played mock victims for a large avalanche training exercise and witnessed firsthand the amazing skills and dedication of these volunteers.

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And just like that, one of my biggest dreams was over. Hiking the John Muir Trail this year just wasn’t meant to be. All I can do now is remember the amazing 8 days I had on the trail. I met incredible people, I saw gorgeous country, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I sure hope to return!

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Friday I start a 220 mile backpacking adventure on the John Muir Trail. I’m both excited and terrified. What did I get myself into this time?!

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If you were caught outside in a lightning storm, would you know what to do? In my past Indiana life I volunteered as a SkyWarn Storm Spotter and my training came in handy this week when I made two big mistakes and got myself stuck on an exposed ridge near Alpine Lookout during a thunderstorm. Read how to reduce your lightning risks while adventuring outdoors.

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Want to make awesome lightweight backcountry meals and preserve fruit and veggies? Learn the art of food dehydration! It’s simple, easy, and fairly low cost to get started. Check out these tips to learn everything you need!

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Do gloomy winter days get you down? This time of year doesn’t have to be glum! I’m a firm believer that staying active not only benefits your physical health but your mental health as well. Here are my tips for surviving the winter and having a fun time while doing it!

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Prepackaged dehydrated meals in the backcountry are quick and easy, but did you know you can make healthier homemade food for a fraction of the cost? Here are three of my favorite recipes for delicious, nutritious, easy-to-fix meals for outdoor adventuring.

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I do a fair amount of solo hiking and recently someone told me I should be scared to be in the woods alone. It got me thinking. How many of you hike alone? Do you think it’s safe? Some thoughts and tips for going solo.

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The simple and rugged Luzon Del Día daypack made by Cotopaxi is great for urban adventures, hikes, road trips, and travel. Even better, the colors of each pack are chosen by its maker which guarantees no two packs are alike! Made from recycled nylon, the sales of this pack help fund sustainable poverty alleviation and make the world a better place!

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What if I told you that the most amazing piece of outdoor gear I own is a tubular piece of headwear made by Buff® USA? Crazy, right? Not only can a Buff be worn numerous ways, but the inventive uses you can find for it are endless! Read on to find out why a Buff should be one of your 10 essentials.

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Solar power sure has come a long way! Need a lightweight, portable, rugged little charger to keep your small devices powered on the go? Check out my review of the Goal Zero Nomad 7. It’s packed with great features!

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Weighing in at 2lb 5oz fully packed, the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is one of the lightest 2-person tents on the market. If you’re looking for a fantastic ultralight backpacking tent and aren’t afraid of spending a little extra cash to get it, I give the Fly Creek UL 2 a very enthusiastic TrailChick approval!

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If you’re looking for a functional but fashionable skort for outdoor activities and casual wear look no further than Kühl’s Mova Skort. Made from KONTOUR™fabric, it’s comfortable, breathable, durable, and pretty darn cute! Check out the complete review!

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Upgrading gear is fun! The Big Agnes Q-Core SL pad is a great compromise of weight, cost, and warmth.

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