•Our Top 10 Adventures of 2017•
#1 : Hiking the JMT & Summiting Mount Whitney!
Talking to PCT, JMT and Mount Whitney hikers about gear for two months sure has a way of making you hyped to get on the trail yourself! While we were a bit disappointed that our summer work ended slightly earlier than expected, we took advantage of the time between our work ending and burning man to hop on the JMT. We got blessed with our own version of trail magic the whole way: first, we lucked out with our hitch to Tuolumne and found a lovely woman headed from Lone Pine all the way to SF who brought us right to the permit office, then we were able to snag a permit to start the very next morning, *then* we met awesome people along the way (like @princessandpants2017, the two goofballs in the second image), oh and we also ran into literal trail magic when a guided group had to downsize their provisions just in time for a lunch feast just after Glen Pass, one of the harder passes on the trail. I snagged a bottle of boysenberry syrup and gifted out shots of it on summit passes, which spread the love even more, and matt got his mayo fix so he could put mayo on all the things (gross).
If you get on the JMT SOBO yourself, we 100% recommend timing your Whitney summit with either sunset or sunrise. We chose the latter and there's really no better way to cap off an awesome experience than watching the sun crest the horizon from the tallest peak in the lower 48.
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Cuts, scrapes, mosquitoes and alpine starts. There’s something rewarding about getting up real early to hike somewhere before breakfast. Seeing storms roll in at sunrise over the Yukon mountains was one of the most cinematic experiences I have had.
Red Rock, where it's too hot to climb in the sun in mid-winter. @teddyyoung26 and I opted for shade and a 1030am alpine start on Inti Watana (1500 ft, 12 pitches, 5.10c) yesterday. Still got back to the ground with a few hours of light to spare.
Because of the summer temperatures and difficulty finding water, we often chose to get up early and walk through dawn, resting during the hottest part of the day to continue in the afternoon.
Waking up at 4:30a sucks, but getting on the skin track with the headlamps on, realizing it dumped 6-8”, and laying down first tracks does not. Awesome day floating with @philsterno, and thanks for setting the track all morning!
Alpenglow, I miss you. I won’t see much of you this year as I forego rock climbing to pedal a bicycle. Here’s a flashback to being above the pond and headed into the boulder field on the approach to the Petit in RMNP. #alpenglow#itsjustbikes#alpinestart
Happy New Year from Colorful Colorado, what a better way to start the new year than Alpine Tourning the beautiful Backcountry of Vail. 🎿 around for 10 or more miles maybe, lost count. Here is to starting the year off right, the year of the Alpine Start, also got to meet some nice rangers from the white river forest. If anybody did anything physical to celebrate New year's day, comment Below I would love to hear about it. ✌#alpinetouring#alpinestart#vailcolorado#celebratelife
Today I nearly got lifted off my feet by gusting winds while crossing a frozen lake. I like to think the wind was caused by yodeling wizards, singing their hymns atop distant mountains. Or something like that.