Now What? New Blog Series

Have you ever been on an outdoor adventure and found yourself thinking "oh no, now what am I going to do?" I have. Two years ago Al and I were hiking up Mount McConnell. Al had taken our baby (we only had one at this point in our lives) and was hiking some of the shorter trails at the base of the mountain. I was lucky enough to get to hike to the peak all by myself, without a crying baby. It was heaven. Until... I ran into a patch of snow and lost the trail. Slipped on the ice.…

How Do You Stay ‘Surefooted’ While Hiking?

Have you ever had one of those days on the trails where you're clumsy and you can't seem to get your footing right? Add a heavy pack, a little bit of dehydration, and some altitude and all of a sudden the simple act of crossing a boulder field or a stream becomes a daunting, ungraceful and often ugly task. Earlier this spring I was hiking up Mount McConnell, it's a fantastic hike with spectacular views.But there was still snow and ice on the ground and I lost the trail and ended up sliding my way down a massive pile of…