On January 1st 2017, I started this blog, as a place to write about my outdoor adventures, learning experiences, failures and encourage others to get outside at any skill level. In 2017, I also challenged myself to ask, before starting or continuing various activities, "Does this make me feel strong? Or will this build strength?” … Continue reading 2017 Year in Review
Here's a follow up to my first winter camping post a couple of weeks ago and a review of two different sleep set ups I used last weekend. Winter camping takes more effort but refines my outdoor skills each time I do it. I traditionally help plan the Winter Campout for my Boy Scout Troop. All … Continue reading Winter Camping at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp
TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 7 miles roundtrip DIFFICULTY Moderate DATE December 9, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Highest Point in MN, Amazing views of the BWCA Wilderness, No wind, no rain Or winters cold can stop me, 'Cause you are my goal. There ain't no mountain high enough Ain't no valley low enough Ain't no river wide enough To keep me from getting to … Continue reading Hike 52: Eagle Mountain-BWCA!
"Those who have never seen Superior get an inadequate idea by hearing it spoken of as a lake Superior is a sea It breeds storms and rain and fog like a sea. It is cold, masterful, and dreaded." -Rev. George Grant, 1872 If you have been following along on the 2017 Wandering Pine journey, you … Continue reading Hike 52 Adventure Part 1 – Lake Superior
Getting ready for next weekend’s winter camping adventure in the BWCA to celebrate the completion of my 52nd hike of the 52 Hike Challenge. Today it's got me thinking of how far I've come as an outdoors woman, and remembering my very first winter camping experience 6 years ago. I was a new Scout … Continue reading My First Winter Camping Experience aka ‘The coldest night of my life’
Spent some time this morning researching and testing out the Ursack Major AllWhite Bear Bag. What else are you going to do on a Saturday morning when the house is still clean from the holiday and you #opt(ed)outside all day on Black Friday? The Ursack is basically a bulletproof fabric bag that protects your … Continue reading Ursack Major S29.3 AllWhite Bear Bag Review
"Fear is heavy..." -Hiking Dude In my quest for updating to lightweight gear without breaking the bank for next year's SHT Thru hike, I've been selling or giving away the older stuff and picking up new gear at gear swaps or sales. See last week's post on 10 ways to rock an REI Garage sale! … Continue reading Moarrr Gearrr… and my new favorite backpacking book!