Waiting

Waking up to the sun on the tent was like waking up inside a womb. I was warm and peaceful and everything was glowing red. I lay in my sleeping bag for a long time, not wanting to leave but finally my curiosity got the better of me. For starters, what time was it? Would […]

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Up and Down

We were all up and ready to go by 1:00am, as had been our goal. Sarah said she didn’t feel so hot but she wanted to try climbing anyway. I felt fine physically but mentally I was feeling a little bit apathetic. I was sleepy and thirsty and cold already. Let’s do this. We started […]

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Sleep

I woke up shortly after falling asleep feeling weird. My heartbeat, which had been under control at rest earlier in the day seemed louder than normal and no matter which position I flopped myself into I could still feel it reverberating in my chest. My throat was tight. In theory I was comfortable, all snuggled […]

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Altitude

The courtyard at Summit Orizaba was littered with different four wheel drive vehicles, all of them sporting the hostel’s logo on the side. Kyle had been keeping his fingers crossed that we would get to take one of the Jeep Wagoneers up the mountain, so he was a little pouty when we were told to […]

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Adventures Abroad

This might come as a shock to you, but before this climbing trip to Pico de Orizaba Kyle and I had never traveled abroad together. Crazy, huh? Our trip to Mexico would be our first time in another country together. However, Mexico wasn’t new to either of us. I studied abroad in Oaxaca in college […]

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Mountaineer vs Worrywart: The Dilemma of Being an Adventure Couple

My mom, who will most definitely read this, is something of a worrywart. Which makes sense, I had to get it from somewhere, right? Yesterday I’m chatting with her on the phone and she inserts, “I’m really worried about your trip to Mexico.” Of course I knew she was really worried about our trip to […]

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The Best of 2016: Our Outdoor Adventures

If you are alive and awake and have experienced pretty much anything that happens on the internet you may have noticed that the majority of the internet feels like 2016 was not a great year. In the short sighted nature of the internet many people are even deeming it the worst year ever . While I’m […]

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Pico De Orizaba

No, Pico de Orizaba isn’t a dip for tortilla chips. That is pico de gallo. Get your picos right people. So what is Pico de Orizaba, you ask? Well you see the thing is I haven’t been completely honest with you. Not that I have been actively lying to you, but I haven’t been as […]

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Mrs. Grumps Gets Some Snow

Kyle learned the hard way this weekend what happens when I start to feel too cooped up. It’s not like we haven’t been getting outside, we have been running a lot, at Discovery Park and around Green Lake. We were out at Mount Si a couple of weekends ago, doing a training hike in the […]

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