Trail Camp

Eddie Vedder

We saw Eddie Vedder live for the first time yesterday evening at the Ohana Music Festival at Dana Point, CA. He is my favourite musician and has influenced me through his music for as long as I can remember. The first CD I owned was Ten (Pearl Jam) given to me by my big brother. I was instantly hooked!

When Eddie Vedder released his soundtrack Into The Wild, I must have listened to it hundreds of times on repeat for months. This soundtrack was my inspiration for the background music of my Mt. Whitney hike that I dedicated to my dad who passed away in 2009.

During his show last night, he reminded us to appreciate the good moments in life and never take them for granted. Life is amazing and although the world is going through some major events, it’s still important to pause and find the beauty!

Mt. Whitney

Mt. Whitney

Mt. Whitney stands at 14, 505 ft (4,421 m) and is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. I first heard of Mt. Whitney when I was shopping for a hiking book in my local REI store and it was love at first sight! I knew I had to hike this mountain and wanted to face this challenge alone. I had no idea if I could do it but I knew I had to try and after reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed, I felt inspired and capable of facing this on my own. So, on October 9th, 2014 I began my adventure to the summit of Mt. Whitney.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

In May 2014, only a few months after moving to California, Jonathan and I took a three day camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Of all the National Parks I have visited, this is one of the most spectacular parks offering amazing views of the desert, wildlife, cacti and Joshua Trees. I also have a very emotional tie with Joshua Tree National Park as it was the last adventure with my father before he passed away.

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The West Highland Way, Scotland

After London and Dundee & Edinburgh came The West Highland Way. This was the final portion of our UK vacation and it was spectacular! Imagine, four days of hiking in the highlands with lush valleys and impressive mountains finished by a fifth day up Ben Nevis. This was the most memorable part of the vacation and I would recommend hiking the West Highland Way if you are in Scotland.

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Mt. Colden, NY

Mt. Colden, NY

After attending a two-day course in basic mountaineering skills with Attitude Montagne, I decided to test my new skills on my first mountaineering adventure to Mt. Colden in the Adirondacks in March 2013. It would not be my first climb up a mountain in winter (I had done two day-trips in Chamonix) however it would be my first time sleeping outdoors at -20C in a lean-to with four men I did not know!

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Sydney & The Blue Mountains, AUS

Sydney was one of three major cities we visited in Australia and was very different than Melbourne. I felt it did not have the same “bohemian” vibe that I felt in Melbourne however I always felt close to the water in Sydney and that made me very happy! Also, compared to Melbourne, there seemed to be many more visual landmarks such as the Opera House, Sydney and Darling Harbours, and The Sydney Harbour Bridge. I am probably committing a faux pas by comparing the two cities and I do not want to insult anyone’s pride in their city so let me just say that I found each city to be amazing and each had their own charm!

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