One More Sponsor!

We secured another sponsor! And, once again, it is a company we have known and loved for years. Big Agnes is providing us with our 29 square foot “home” while we are in New Zealand – the Cooper Spur UL2 tent. We actually used the Copper Spur on the AT, but they have come out…

TA Mail Drops

On the AT, we loved getting our mail drops. People sent us 40+ pieces of “mail magic” in the form of letters and packages. Obviously this is not going to happen in New Zealand. BUT, I am posting our mail drop locations as a reference for other TA hikers (see permanent tab labeled TA Mail…

More on Hiking Utah

After 11 nights–some very cold and snowy nights I might add–of sleeping in a tent, we are wrapping up our mini (1850 miles) road trip with a few overdue showers and electricity (other than our solar power device). It’s good practice for the next 4 months, I suppose. Our return trip from the Grand Canyon…

Planning and Prep

Anyone who knows me knows I am a planner and a worrier. These are my worst Type A personality traits that I inherited from my father, who books Thanksgiving dinner reservations in May. J is the complete opposite of me, and tries his very best to get me to go with the flow, but it’s…

Currently: October

Current mood:  Excited! Anxious! Overwhelmed! NZ trip planning brings out a range of emotions!  Currently thankful for:  Carving out some quality time with J’s side of the family here in CO. We have 2 young nephews on this side of the family and they are growing fast!  Currently worried about:  Well, besides the fact that…

Our Beloved Sponsors

It is no secret that J & I are gear heads. We couldn’t tell you who is running for the next election, but we could tell you what the latest innovation is when it comes to sleeping bags, tents, clothing etc. Over the years, we have definitely upgraded our gear and lightened our load. We…

End-of-Season Review

Today is the last day RimRock is open. Let me start by saying we had a good time this summer. Overall. This week has been anti-climatic and deathly quiet compared with all the drama and challenges we faced this summer. Add to the fact that we let our SIXTH cook go last week (partly because…

Currently: Catching Up To September

I skipped August, so this will be a catch-up edition! Current mood:  at peace Currently thankful for:  a character-building summer with one of the most beautiful backyards we will probably ever have  photo credit: Erika Eve Plummer – one of our favorite guests from July Currently worried about:  my family’s health (father and Nana, in…

Mountain Man???

FYI, this is a guest blog post by hubby, so please excuse all typos, poor spelling and incorrect grammar.  In my wife’s last blog she called me a “Mountain Man.”  I am not quite sure I have earned that title yet, but I am striving at it and I totally rocked out this past 6-day,…

Life is Qualitative

The good news is J is doing well on his Shuksan expedition. He was actually able to call me from base camp! It’s cold up there, but he is getting some good practice on mountaineering skills. They should be attempting their summit Thursday night into Friday morning, so keep those good vibes coming. The bad…

My Mountain Man

J left this morning for another harrowing adventure … he is taking a 6-day expedition skills seminar with RMI guides and other crazy adrenaline junkies on Mt. Shuksan in North Cascades National Park of Washington (less than 25 miles from Canada!). The program is meant to practice those fun mountaineering skills–like crevasse rescue (think being…