All the way to the tippy top! It's funny how desert spires and towers seem to shapeshift. You're far away on the approach and you look up and there's this huge looming tower and you think holy shit, I'm gonna climb THAT? Or if you're @dj2themaximum you think um, is my girlfriend insane?! But then you get up to the base of the route and look up and you're just like awww well you're just a pile of rocks aren't you. Pffft. Then you pull over the summit after an exposed and cruxy crux and all the tourists hiking below look like ants and you think holy shit man, we're like, really UP here! It's just a whole rollercoaster of emotions.
It's been a year since my journey on the Appalachian Trail ended. Even a year later, I still feel at an utter loss for words at my experience out there, and what happened to me. I changed. The trail changed me. It paved the way for me and I couldn't be happier with those changes. I said last year was the best year of my life, but 2017 was gonna be good, too, and I was right! The trail gave me ownership and power over my life and I couldn't be happier w the choices I've made and the people that have shaped me. I miss every single person in this photograph and every single person I met out there. Love to you all #appalachiantrailclassof2016#appalachiantrail#mtkatahdin#AT2016#womenwhohike#hiking#optoutside#peakbagging#maine
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This morning as I stretched out my muscles - today is a rest day, or in my case an active recovery day - I spent time dreaming of living in my own place where my bedroom doesn’t have to be my bedroom, my office, and my workout space.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with working out in a bedroom or living room or garage, I have my eyes set on living on my own by next summer in a space where my bedroom isn’t a catch all for coaching and working out, where my bedroom’s sole purpose is just sleeping.
And to be honest, it is a HUGE goal to set as it is no longer cheap to live in Bellingham solo! But I am on a mission to make it happen because I want to be living solo again!
But for now, I’ll do all the dreaming & working & living in the space I’m so blessed with and I’ll work incredibly hard to make my goal happen by next summer!
You are no different than the wilderness you love.
You require sunlight to grow tall and strong.
You have a natural beauty that breathes life into the soul of the world and inspires us deep in our core.
You have a rhythm that we are drawn to. A unique blend of your life experience and dreams not yet dreamt that makes us dance.
You are the one in our focus nomatter who or what surrounds you.
You are a woman on the rise.
xo @ariellecoree_wellness 📷 @lindenoodle
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Easily the toughest hike I've ever endured, especially for someone who doesn't have the opportunity to do it as often as I used to. Scrambling up a vertical slope solo, sweating buckets and scared shitless. Tirelessly and relentlessly, I scored one of the best breakfast views I'll ever experience first hand. If you push yourself far enough, the reward is invaluable. ✊🏼⛰🇮🇸 #niceland#adventurealways#funisthebest#womenwhohike#sheshredscocrew#gopro
Don’t get me wrong, painting is my main squeeze & wedding signage holds the most special of places in my heart but this chick right here CAN NOT WAAAAIT to switch gears and get her hands on some new adventure swag. Beanies, pullovers, crewnecks OH MY! What do you wanna see next?!
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Doing a little extra day dreaming today✨ .
Photo by @scottyreichard with my edits
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SoCal: Women's Backpacking Class w/ REI, Oct 19 | Missouri: Beginners Backpacking Trip, Oct 20-22 | SoCal: Tahquitz Peak, Oct 21 | NorCal: HOWL-o-ween Hike, Oct 22 | Alberta: Grassi Lakes Hike, soft 22 | Colorado: Alder Bench Trail, Oct 22 | SoCal: Halloween Cleanup, Oct 28 | Washington: Mt Townsend Halloween Hike, Oct 28 | Arizona: 52 Hike Challenge + Mtn Chicks Take Sedona, Oct 28 | British Columbia: Halloween at St Marks, Oct 29 | SoCal: Halloween Hike, Oct 29
I'm still trying to get my photos together from canyoneering this past weekend 🤷🏼♀️ but in the meantime, here's a reminder to:
-Unplug from technology
-Enjoy the sweet, somewhat awkward in between that is shoulder season - while it's still here.
Happy almost weekend, folks - let's go do something about it 🌲🗻
📷: #tbt to ten minutes before a blizzard obscured this outstanding view two weekends ago ❄️