For the past 3 days I have been following the path of Lewis and Clark down the the Missouri River in Central Montana. Along the way I've been learning about their adventures in the area while on the river and relaxing in the same camping sites that they used on their journey to and from the Pacific Ocean. Their journey was nothing short of a miracle that it was completed and one really worth knowing, if you're into adventure and that kind of thing😉. Recommendation: "Undaunted Courage" #montanamoment @visitmontana
After 2 weeks and 76 miles of trail we have finished our trip to Glacier National Park. It was truly magical, despite the smoke covering the mountains from fires around the country. In fact, this photo was taken just as an epic lightning storm was clearing and the light came in following the storm. We found out later that this lightning storm started 7 new know wildfires around the park (all of which I believe were put out) but they still put a 3 day hold on backcountry permits so we found some nice day hikes to do. I'm excited to continue sharing with all of you what we saw in this magical park.
Why take an infant into the backcountry because it sure isn't easy. They can't walk or carry anything so you end up carrying them and everything else they need. They aren't potty trained so they poop and pee in diapers and because they aren't disposable, you end up packing it all out (I think I was packing an extra 15lbs of diapers by the end of our 5 day trip). They require a lot of time to feed, play with, and change so there never seems to be enough time to do things around camp and on top of it all they won't remember it. So why? For me, it is simple. 1. Both me and my wife can get out of the house and into the mountains which is important for both our physical and mental health. 2. Our wild places are so much more important to me than just the view and memories. For me they have an unseen power in them to heal the soul. I like to think that although my daughter might not remember the experience, she can feel that power and it will help her as she grows and develops. 3. We are teaching her now how to camp and hike which is a big help for us, because this is what we do, A LOT. We want her to grow up feeling comfortable with these activities. 4. Hiking and Camping are some of the best time to develop relationships because it forces us to minimalize our lives down to what is essential, leaving all other distractions at home. Time camping and hikes has always been a very special time for me to build relationship so having this time with my daughter has been priceless. I'm sure I could go on and on but I'm trying to keep my post shorter..... without success. #liveyourownadventure #ebcontributor @eddiebauer
🐻 In my last post I talked a little bit about going backpacking in Glacier National Park with my 3 month old daughter and a lot of people had questions/worries about the bears 🐻. To that I just want to say, never live your life out of fear. If you are scared about doing something become educated on the subject and then make the decision for yourself on what you're going to do. As for camping with an infant in bear country, like Glacier National Park, there are some things to learn and abide by when camping and if they are followed, I'd argue that it is relatively very safe to camp and hike in bear country. In fact it is far more dangerous to drive down the road (something that most of us do on a daily basis, even with kids, than to camp and hike in bear country if you follow simple pertinent rules. Many of us have a primal fear of bears that, to me, is unwarranted. I use to have this fear and sometimes I still feel it creep back in during the middle of a quite night in the backcountry, but it is getting better and I don't experience it a lot anymore largely due to education on the subject. Over the 5 days we were out, I saw 2 bears. One was 70 feet off the trail doing his thing in some dense forest and the other one I watched swim across Bowman Lake in 8 mins flat. Both times they wanted nothing to do with us, both times it was magical but I know that a lot more bears saw me while out and did nothing. What do you think? Do bears deserve the fear that surrounds them in the backcountry? If so is it logical or nonsensical?
I just finished a 5 day/37 mile backpacking trip through Glacier National Park. At first glance many of you most likely noticed the beautiful view that we had while hiking along the trail but what you most likely didn't notice is that I am carrying my 3 month old daughter, Zoey, in a chest harness. Although this was her longest backpacking trip to date, it wasn't her first but her second. Between the backpacking trips, road trips and simply going car camping, she has now spent 24 nights out under the stars in a tent. Many told me before she came that I wouldn't be able to get outdoors as much and that our adventures would slow down, and to that I just want to say, "Nope". The truth is that I choose my own adventures and as long as our health allows we will continue to make the most of every day that we have on this beautiful earth. I'm excited to announce that over the next 4 months, I have partnered with @eddiebauer to share our adventures with Zoey and give tips to others looking to do get out with their little ones. With that being said, does anyone have any questions for me? I'd be happy to share my thoughts. #liveyourownadventure #ebcontributor
Have you ever been somewhere far far away from cities, towns and human made lights, where billions and billions of stars light up the sky? It is sad that this is even a question but one we face as our wild places become smaller and fewer and human development continue to expand. #protectwildplaces This photo was taken last year while leading an adventure workshop in the Peruvian Andes. Taken with my old Canon 6d and a 24mm f/1.4 lens Settings: f/1.4, shutter 20 seconds, ISO 1600
I grew up in Utah and I learned to climb mountains in Wasatch Mountains there. The first mountain I had ever climbed was Mt. Timpanogos and I did it alone at age 26. I would have been happy to go with friends but none were interested and I had been asking off and on for what felt like years, so I went. Half way up the mountain, my legs were solid masses of tense cramping muscle and I was bet but I wasn't going to give up. I made progress but it was very slow. I'd take a few steps, my leg muscles would cramp up, I sit down let them relax, get up and repeat. It was also first day I really started taking pictures. One of those pictures was me, covered in sweat, looking bet up, standing on the summit. Yesterday I took a most interesting route with @wasatchandy (His work is amazing) and reached the summit of Mount Timpanogos for the 12th time. I love these mountains. I love our public lands, I picked up only a few pieces of garbage along the way. Thank you everyone for helping protect them and keeping them clean. ALSO a big Thanks to everyone that commented on my previous post about the interaction between social media and our wild places. Your comments have left a strong impression on me and hopeful we can all move forward and be and influence more responsible with our interactions with nature. (Photo Re-edited: I posted a version of this yesterday that was edited on my phone. I wasn't happy with it so I came home, re-edit this in Adobe lightroom on my computer and the results are better)
What do you see as the biggest problem facing our wild places caused by Social Media? I'd love to hear your stories and complaints if you'd like to share also. When I started social media I never intended to be what people call a "social media influencer" but here I am. As a influencer I am faced everyday with the impact that I could potential have on the outdoors and i hope that it will be a positive one and not negative. It is something that I think about often so please let me know your thoughts. Are Outdoor focus social media influences in general doing enough? When you read through all the captions that people write do you often here messages of conservation and protection?
When I started skiing in November, I set the goal to climb and ski as many of PNW volcanoes as possible within a year. It was an ambitious goal but not unrealistic. I started with purchasing a season pass to the ski resort and went as often as I could possible tolerate (not a big fan of resorts, minus powder days when the backcountry is too dangerous). I took one official ski lesson and watched YouTube videos to make sure that my form was right. Then I took my Avalanche Safety 1 Course and from there began venturing into the mountains with friends. Pairing all that with my previous experience in the alpine, climbing I've been able to climb and ski Mt Hood, Adams, St. Helens, Rainier and, as of yesterday, Mount Baker with @carolinegleich @alex_taran #neverstoplearning #nevertoold I don't think I'll tag any more volcanoes this year but still that's not to shabby for my first year. Oh and did I mention, I Love❤️ skiing down mountains! #SkiinginJuly
12 weeks ago today @rebornbyadventure and I welcomed our daughter Zoey into this world. Since then she has taken road trips across 5 States, spent 16 nights out under the stars camping and seen some of my favorite nature places on the planet. Well yesterday, she completed her first backpacking trip!!! We hiked roughly 21 miles over the 4 days and of those 4 days we spent 2 of them relaxing at one of my favorite lakes in WA. As parents, our pace has slowed down and our bags are heavier but the rewards of seeing her smile and "oh" and "awe" at these places that we love and cherish is all I need to keep going.
Before getting my @alpacka_raft I never really spent anytime significant time around rivers, let alone floating one, but now that they've become my pathways in and out of remote locations, it has become clear, in a tangible way, that rivers are the veins of our planet, carrying life giving water and nutrients to nearly everything. They are so beautiful, wonderful and precious. I for one will do a better job to help protect and defend them. Most wild places that we all have the privilege to visit are there in their natural beauty because others before us have protected them. If we don't continue to keep them protected and work to protect other places in need of protection, they will be gone. Please do your part