#tiptuesday Check out this week’s blog post by dietitian and backcountry enthusiast, @bruinooski. Briana shares with us tips on replacing electrolytes lost while sweating excessively in the backcountry. I don’t know about you but I’m a sweaty mess while trail running even during the winter months! You can find a variety of blog posts just like this one on our Guest Contributors page. (link in bio) If you love the posts be sure to sign-up for our e-newsletter to receive alerts when new posts are online. If you’re a nutrition professional and would like to share your expertise, drop us a line as we’d love to feature your work! #nutritionblogger#dietitian#sportsnutrition#scandpg#hydration#electrolytes#outdooradventures#optoutside#trailchat
#fieldnotes || Key West, FL || The key to traveling to Key West on a shoestring budget is now up on Southeastern ((link in profile))! Included but not limited to: where to camp (okay okay it’s an RV park), where to swim, and where to find the best cafe con leches + happy hours. Another quick set of details on Dry Tortugas (because it’s my favorite place), where to watch the southernmost sunsets, and how to find Hemingway’s six toed cats. Happy trails!
On Cedar Ridge | South Kaibab Trail | Grand Canyon National Park
I received quite a few messages asking about my latest image in Backpacker Magazine, so here it is (swipe right to see the image in print)! And here's the story behind it-
A couple of years ago I was out in Arizona for a few weeks. My bff, Shoeless Jon, and I decided to take a late afternoon hike down into the Grand Canyon. By the time we descended across Cedar Ridge on the South Kaibab Trail, the setting sun was nearing the horizon. It was almost dark when we reached the Tonto Trail and turned west. The stars (along with Jupiter) shined brightly overhead when we reached the Bright Angel Trail to hike out.
There are signs posted along the trails that lead down into the Canyon which state: "Remember, going down is optional, coming back up is mandatory." So, we knew that when I junctioned with the Bright Angel Trail at Indian Garden Campground, we had about 3000' of climbing between us and our car. In the cool of the night we made short work of the miles and the elevation. If you ever have the opportunity, I would highly recommend this late afternoon/sunset/night hike in the Grand Canyon. You miss the heat of the day. You miss the crowds. And, the sunset from below the canyon rim is absolutely magical.
It's always a treat getting in some good trail miles with Jon and it's always an honor seeing one of my images in print!
“See yourself in the sunrise, in the bloody glow of the sky in the low hanging clouds. See yourself in the ocean; salty and a little unstable but so abundant with life that even as ships sink they relax into the waves that claim them. See yourself in every solitary grain of sand in each desert, sometimes overlooked from a distance but always essential regardless.”
Leave no trace 🧘🏼♀️ Pack it in and pack it out 🌎 🌏When you decide to hike, camp, explore nature ALWAYS be sure to leave everything as it was. You do not need souvenirs and nature does not want any of your leftovers. Make sure to pack extra trash bags, you never know who may need an extra one 😁
Yesterday morning I explored Point of Arches at low tide with @lexijobolton. As we were making our way to the pools I saw this gaping black hole in the side of one of the sea stacks. I immediately made a beeline for it, hoping it was a cave. It was!
Ever feel like you zigged when you wanted to zag? I’ve felt like that a lot over the years. But I think a lot of that comes from comparison to my so-called peers. And as my man Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
So with that I say zigzag all you want and find your own path to happiness. Maybe it’s confirmation bias, but I’m certainly happy with how my wayward wanderings have led me!
Anyone else have a problem sitting still? I've tried to be one of those live in the moment people, but really I just always want to know what's next. I think that's why I love hiking - there's always something new around the corner, and all it takes is just a few more steps 🌲
Lily pads scattered across a Hallett Peak reflection ⛰Photo from our hike to #SkyPond ! It’s crazy how much clouds can change a sunrise 🌄 I have a photo almost identical to this one, except it was from a morning with a few wispy clouds, and the skies, trees, and mountains all had a rosy hue ☁️ On the morning of this sunrise photo above, there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky. The landscape had a soft yellow tone and the sky was a much deeper blue ☀️ Always a peaceful morning on the shores of Nymph Lake 🌅 #RMNP
We could see into multiple drainages from our high perch on a butte in the Methow Ranger District as the clouds swirled below us. The Methow River emerged after an afternoon socked in with rain to brilliantly shine until the sun finally retreated. I hope for many more trips like this. Please visit this area and help @methowheadwaters protect this place from large scale mining that would make views like this a thing of the past.
Love bears? @grantordelheide does! Here's his story behind this shot:
On this morning, myself and five others were dropped off by float plane at a lake deep in Katmai National Park. We began hiking a couple of miles down the river to a point where we had seen bears from the air. As we walked and quietly talked to each other, we noticed a big brown rock up in the tundra. By this point in the trip, we had come to accept that "brown rocks" were almost always bears. As we moved toward it, [but not too close, focal length 700mm] we noticed something move behind it, then another and another. We had stumbled upon this beautiful bear and her three cubs. Photographing these magnificent bears in such an intimate setting is something I will never forget and an experience I am really grateful for.
Canon 5D Mark III with 500mm lens +1.4 extender, 1/1600 second at f/9