52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska

Learning to Love Hiking in All Types of Weather

Every year I get more adventurous with the hiking choices that I make.  The first few years in Alaska I only chose hikes that were easy and mostly flat.  The next year I started hiking steep and long trails, and the next year I added in some backpacking trips and winter hiking.  But no matter… Continue reading Learning to Love Hiking in All Types of Weather

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

Spring Hiking in Alaska

Have you ever stood in the snow while wearing a tank top?  If so, you know exactly what spring is like in Alaska.  With our extra long sunlight hours and gorgeous sunny days, spring warms up faster than the snow can melt! The last two weekends have been absolutely gorgeous in Anchorage, and I've been… Continue reading Spring Hiking in Alaska

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend · Winter

A New Favorite View

Back in November, I did one of my most memorable hikes of all time - I summited Eagle River's Mt. Baldy in the dark with a group of friends under the northern lights, and it was also my 52nd hike of the year!  I loved my experience climbing Baldy in the dark, even though I… Continue reading A New Favorite View

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Winter

Hiking to Ice, on Ice: Winter Hiking to Portage Glacier

I'm pretty obsessed with hikes that lead to glaciers.  Maybe it's the fact that we don't have any of those where I grew up, or the fact that they're melting so fast in Alaska that I'm paranoid that I won't get to see them all before they disappear.  Or maybe it's simply the fact that… Continue reading Hiking to Ice, on Ice: Winter Hiking to Portage Glacier

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Winter

Just One of Those Hikes

Tonight's hike was just one of those hikes...you know, where technically it was a great hike and you're proud of yourself for doing it, but you also feel like a complete hot mess the whole time. You might remember my post about being an outdoors newbie, and also the fact that I'm climbing Kilimanjaro in… Continue reading Just One of Those Hikes

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Travel · Winter

A Winter Weekend in Sitka

As you probably noticed from my last post, I recently spent a weekend down in Sitka, Alaska on a work trip.  Before my trip I was googling like crazy trying to figure out what to do and where to hike while I was there, and information about visiting in the winter was hard to find. … Continue reading A Winter Weekend in Sitka

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Travel · Winter

My First Solo Summit

I stepped into a thigh-deep hole in the snow just big enough for my foot and paused to catch my breath, looking up a the towering trees around me.  I was the last one up this mountain, and I still had a long way to go.  And I was completely alone. Last weekend I flew… Continue reading My First Solo Summit

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska · Weekend

Going to the Mountains is Going Home

It's been a little bit since I've posted on here.  Unfortunately, it's because I just spent that last few weeks dealing with a family emergency.  Everything is fine now, but my dad was in the hospital dealing with a serious medical issue and I had to fly home to Philly to be there with him… Continue reading Going to the Mountains is Going Home

52 Hike Challenge · HIking · Living in Alaska

How To Find Your Next Hike

I know a lot of people are making hiking-based resolutions right now and starting the 52 Hike Challenge for 2018.  And I am so excited to hear that so many people are getting out and hitting the trails!  But the first step in going for a hike is choosing where you're going to go.  That… Continue reading How To Find Your Next Hike

52 Hike Challenge · Bucket List · HIking · Living in Alaska

My 2018 Bucket List

It's officially 2018, and I'm back up here in Alaska after a fun week home with my family.  I ended up getting stuck there a few extra days due to the crazy cold weather, but I didn't even mind.  It was great to visit my family and friends that I haven't seen in two years!… Continue reading My 2018 Bucket List