Tips and tricks and fantastic stories of adventure!
11 years ago I walked into an animal shelter and came home with Crazy Jake dog. Honestly, I’m not sure who rescued who. Since then he’s been my peakbagging partner, camping companion, and road trip co-pilot. I can’t think of a single memory without him! Here’s the story of Jake dog and how to cope when your best adventure buddy grows old.
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.
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.
This past weekend I was camping with friends and told them a funny but gross story about hiking with my dog Jake. He’s never been one to roll in disgusting things until this one time in the Methow Valley when he picked the ultimate grossness in dog prizes and had himself one of his finest trail moments.
Over Labor Day weekend my dad and stepmom Diana were hiking down a peak in the Sierras when a boulder rolled loose and crushed Diana’s foot and ankle. They were assisted by good samaritans and a SAR team: a reminder that trail angels exist and you can never be too prepared in the wilderness.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of race reports. This isn’t so much a race report but more a story about the amazing people you meet along the way while participating in races and events and crazy relays. This year after volunteering at the Ragnar for a group of friends I met on last year’s Ragnar relay, I realized they’re just the sort of people that define “amazing”.
Back in December, Mercy Corps put us in touch with Rick Steves and he invited myself and Brian Shrader from another Seattle Rally team, Baatar Hero, to do an interview with him about the 2010 Mongol Rally we participated in. Needless to say, we were super stoked to meet him and visit the studio!