One of my last days hiking the Camino into Finisterre with these lovely ladies - it was raining hard, and yet so bitter sweet as it was one of the best days hiking I had with so many laughs and great conversations.... it is not only the destination but the people you share it with that make it special.
#tbt to The Hawk 50-miler. Gotta get disciplined again and get some consistency going. The last few months have yielded little, very little running. I plan on returning to the Hawk 50 but with a new goal... #dirtruncoambassador#adventurerated#dirtrunco
@doknowharm is getting his last few hikes before hiking the AT this year! If you’re hiking #AT2019 or any other thru-home, our guide will help prep you each step of the way 🚶🏽♂️Link in bio #hikerfeed
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#Raw footage of @sullbikes stomping the Builder Drop. @redbearapparel jerseys and tees look great whether your sending it big like Sullivan or enjoying some of the amazing single track available all over BC. Hope everyone was able to take advantage of the awesome weather we have had all week. I Know we did (lots of photos and videos on the way)
Are you wanting to get healthy and fit?! Here are 5 @blueridgehikingco tips for making Hiking part of your exercise and wellness routine:
1. When it comes to miles and destination, start conservative and keep it close to home.
2. Set goals. Maybe you’re goal is hiking 10 consecutive miles?! Once you reach it, reward yourself by taking a trip to a nearby national park... and/or with ice cream
3. Form a relationship with your body. Your physical responses to the trail can help you establish a pace, know when to push it or take breaks, and how to best fuel your body.
4. If you are looking to build endurance, develop muscles, and drop pounds, then start by adding length, hills (or stairs) and a full pack to your routine.
5. Hiking is exercise, but it is also so much more. It is a release, an interaction with the natural world, and an immersion into beauty. Be willing to embrace all the health benefits of hiking and allow it to change over time. The trail is all about seasons. #hikefit#fitnessgoals#getinshape#traillife#hikingtips#januarygoals#starthiking#beginnerhiking#hikeforlife#hiking#backpacking#828isgreat#pisgahnationalforest#mountainstoseatrail#hikelocal#trailsyall
Lets talk photos!! ⠀
Lots of you have asked me lately about the light 💡 in my photos, and I’m HAPPY to share!! ⠀
When I started coaching, I didn’t even know my iPhone would take a selfie 🤳 ...I.e. the camera flipped around... 🤷🏼♀️🙄⠀
But THANKFULLY, my team training taught me ALL the goods about social media, lighting, awesome apps, and more!!! It’s been a SLOW uphill climb for the tech challenged mama, I assure you!!! ⠀
My best TIPS for putting your flare on your photos:⠀
1. Lighting 💡is EVERYTHING! I have some some favorite ring lights , because our home doesn’t allow in a lot of natural light. But even if you don’t have lights, go outside or stand in front of a well lit window! ⠀
2. CANDID is key!!! The standard selfie i took as a new coach doesn’t allow you to have a TRUE glimpse into my life or how I’m feeling!!! Pics can say 1000 words! Capture the moment and write the rest! ⠀
3. Find your FILTER! I mostly use two apps for my pics. I don’t erase wrinkles, cause...c’mon! I earned those babies! 👵🏻 But I do like to create a standard look for my feed! ⠀
If you want more info on my ring lights or apps, just let me know. I am gonna write up a blog post this week and I’ll make sure I send it your way!!! ⠀
Going to unplug from all pics and electronics to spend some much needed down time with my fam!!! ⠀
Feeling light after my first solo hike of the season. 🔺✨
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I've long been passionate about hiking; the outdoors, the challenge, the payoff of unrivaled views when you reach your destination. Don't get me wrong, doing this with friends is great fun and I love showing folks trails I've explored on my solo journeys. However, taking those quiet solitary moments from time to time is key for some mental and spiritual maintenance. Time to separate yourself from the "busyness" of the world and your thoughts. . . .
Haruki Murakami describes the feeling best in his book, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running." 🏃🏽♀️
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"I just run. I run in void. Or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void." . . .
Though I seldom run when I'm hiking, the intention is the same. . . .
"All I do is keep on running in my own cozy, homemade void, my own nostalgic silence. And this is a pretty wonderful thing. No matter what anybody else says."
GYT|| Day 37
In the morning, all the weather had cleared up and we got out of camp at a decent hour. We made it up and over the first of two mountain passes we had for the day soon enough, and even found some NOLS people hiking with llamas on the backside. The second mountain pass was not so easily achieved. It was boulder hopping for about 2 miles and was staggeringly slow paced. Everyone was annoyed and fed up with this bit of shwacking and we took lunch next to Boulder Lake (very appropriately named). The trail has since been rerouted to spare future hikers from the dreadful area. I did a spot of fishing and was so successful, Waterboy jokingly said we shouldn’t leave until I had caught 20 fish. I decided to take that seriously and met the goal within about 45 minutes. We packed up and took off just as some menacing clouds rolled in. Thankfully at the top of the pass, it turned grassy and lightly wooded as we descended to a trail. On the way down I came across a few elk cow that ran at the sight of me. Just as I got to the established trail, the skies opened up and it began to pour. I kept moving quickly 1 because it was raining, and 2 because I had agreed to meet up with this cool photographer, Nick, I met in Jackson who wanted to shoot portraits of us finishing. As I moved the storm became more and more intense. Soon it was hailing pretty hard and the lightning began to hammer away at the landscape. I continued moving quickly, soon getting to jeep roads that I followed down to get to where we would meet Nick. The final mile and a half were amazing as I descended into the Great Divide Basin. You could watch the Yellowstone Ecosystem melt away and turn to desert. The trees thinning to brush and to rocks turning to sandstone. The smell of sagebrush was dense in the air. It is an impressive and sharp change of scenery. I finally met up with Nick, well over 3.5 hours late. After profusely apologizing, we enjoyed a few beers while waiting for everyone else to catch up. We decided we would camp there at the road that night with Nick after a quick photoshoot and all enjoyed dinner together until another storm chased us into our beds.
Photo credit: @nroushphoto