Throwback to hiking Clouds Rest with my buddy Colin. I had a brief moment where I thought we weren’t going to make it, but your super human strength and determination carried you through despite your injury and our inability to locate a physical therapist. We enjoyed our blue mountains at the top and singing in the rain as we headed down. Half dome never looked so good! #youremindmeofthebabe
One more from @yosemitenps for a PSA. I mentioned previously that my car was broken into in SF and my bag of (dirty, sweaty) hiking gear was taken, including everything I'm wearing here. Having never had to deal with theft before, I hadn't been proactively seeking any resolution until the real adults in my life pointed out that many credit cards provide purchase protection. So after a 20 minute phone call I was able to recover a good amount of the $ value of the things that were stolen. Lesson learned-Make use of all the services you pay for.
Summit post 4(of6)
I had always wanted to get out and see the world but could never conjure the ability to actually go out and do it. I would come up with reasons why it wasn’t realistic to do this or that.
When my father passed away followed by a long emotionally immature relationship coming to an end, I was in a pit of despair and self-loathing. Traditional therapy was coming up short and I was too arrogant to think anyone else’s advice was better than my own. I found consolation in books — story — and the presence of friends and family in an appreciated way I had not experienced before. I had become vulnerable and humbled by the very reality that I was not invincible to tragedy. I was no longer the observer, I was now subject to the unfairness of the universe.
If you allow yourself to experience things you’ve not done before, you occupy the dark corners of your mind. And not in a superficial way.
I started looking into something I’ve always wanted to do, in the coolest place the US outdoors has to offer — backpacking in Yosemite.
Once I had done tons of logistics and come up with a loose agenda, I messaged my pal Russ Mullin and found that an 11 day trip across California was totally doable. He was in. And that’s the healthy mentality that we should always have. In.
I won’t bore you with the details of a really cool trip. Just know that we drove from Lawrence, KS straight to Glacier Point, only stopping for gas — which became sight for worried eyes in northern Nevada. 28 hours of beeline driving. I’ll get to the summit. After an overnight camp on the trail, at a really cool spot we found, we started for the summit of Clouds Rest (~10,000ft). We came across some people on the trail that hadn’t had water in 48 hours. So we gave them each their own bottle and we ended up dying of thirst. Just kidding, but they did.
We then came across some kind of glamping outpost and asked for directions to find our next trail but the people there didn’t know much. Stinkin’ glampers. So we carved our way through their camp and followed a lousy trail in the direction we anticipated lead to the summit.
When we stopped to filter some water out of sunset
Stay young. Stay foolish.
yanno, everybody’s always like omg let’s get lost 🌲😍 but nobody actually talks about when you DO get lost, in yosemite, bear country, in the pitch black darkness, and you can’t find your way back to the trail for a hot n scary 15 minutes. do not recommend. stay on the path people. thank u for coming to my ted talk and also hopefully this is my last yosemite post :)
Two days ago was by far the most challenging and accomplishing day of my life. We hiked 22km, with a 7425ft elevation. There were more times than not that I thought I wasn’t gonna be able to summit the mountain, but I did. I’m hella proud of myself and my two pals with me on this adventure. These photos are taken 9914ft above sea level and do not nearly do the view justice.