New Years Resolutions

I don’t really believe in resolutions to be honest, they’re unrealistic sights that we set because somebody said we should. So this year I’ve come up with a list of hiking and backpacking goals for myself. 1. Make time to go backpacking at least once a month (more if possible) 2. Learn 4 new knots…

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Starting 2015 Off Right

My brother and I seem to have started a tradition where at the beginning of each year we find something outdoorsy to do together. Last year we spent the day skiing at Beech Mountain (which was one of the best ski trips I’ve ever had) and this year we decided to camp at Table Rock…

A Backpacker’s Bucket List

I read a lot of articles and books about hikes, treks, expeditions, and backpacking trips around the world. It fills my heart with a desire to explore and adventure as much as possible. Recently I decided to start my bucket list of trips that I would like to accomplish in my lifetime (I’m sure the…

The Moment I Knew

There’s that moment when everything clicks. Your heart settles. Your mind calms to a peaceful emptiness. You breathe easier. Relax more. You feel more content than you ever have before. You feel home. I didn’t know that it could feel like this. That I would find myself more at home in the mountains, lost among the…

Shining Rock Wilderness

This entire year has been a life changing experience for me. Especially in terms of hiking and backpacking. My favorite trip thus far was my first multi-night backpacking trip through the Shining Rock Wilderness. Up until that point I had only backpacked a few times, the hikes in and out were short and relatively easy,…