Exploring the Big Sky Country of Glacier National Park

Day 1 – Siyeh Pass Loop My first hike in the park was completing the Siyeh loop, starting at Siyeh bend and finishing at Sunrift gorge (going the reverse route tacks on roughly 2k more feet of climbing). The Gaia app tracked this at 10.2 miles and 2,236 feet of elevation. The hike starts climbingContinue reading “Exploring the Big Sky Country of Glacier National Park”

Knee deep in a peat bog in Patagonia

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence – Hermann Buhl My last full day in Patagonia, I set my sights on hiking to Esmiralda Lake. It was (on paper) supposed to be a relatively easy hike at 5 miles and minimal elevation. I got to the trailhead confident in my ability and excited forContinue reading “Knee deep in a peat bog in Patagonia”

Day trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

My final day in El Chalten was spent hiking the Cerro Torre route to Laguna and Glacier Torre. It was a relatively easy hike compared to my last two, to Laguna de Los Tres and Cagliero Glacier. This hike is roughly 11 miles in total with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain, which is mostlyContinue reading “Day trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier”

Climbing the Via Ferrata & trek to Cagliero Glacier

“I’m a big believer in winging it. I’m a big believer that you’re never going to find the perfect city travel experience or the perfect meal without a constant willingness to experience a bad one. Letting the happy accident happen is what a lot of vacation itineraries miss, I think, and I’m always trying toContinue reading “Climbing the Via Ferrata & trek to Cagliero Glacier”

Epic hiking to Laguna de Los Tres & Fitz Roy

My hiking adventure in Patagonia started out in the quaint little town of El Chalten. This hiker’s paradise is the equivalent of a typical ski resort…like Park City or Whistler. Most of the hikes are a short walk from town, and post hike, it’s a given to find yourself at a watering hole enjoying yourContinue reading “Epic hiking to Laguna de Los Tres & Fitz Roy”

It ain’t just about the good parts

I don’t want my writing to be focused only on amazing trips and adventures that went according to plan, that’s not being real. Our real lives are messy, filled with moments of pure, unexpected joy and equally shitty moments that we would rather forget. Many of my greatest moments have come after dark nights, twoContinue reading “It ain’t just about the good parts”

Wonderland Trail – Life in a Bob Ross Painting

Hiking keeps me tough but consistently humbles me by showing me where I have yet to go, all that I have yet to learn. What have I taken away from hiking the Wonderland trail? I’ve learned that the hiking community is filled with an inspiring, friendly, and all around great group of people. It taughtContinue reading “Wonderland Trail – Life in a Bob Ross Painting”

Wonderland Trail – Have you ever seen the rain?

Day 7 – Mystic Camp to Sunrise Camp 8.9 miles: 2400 Gain, 1900 Loss Last night, the temperature dropped quite a bit and rain persisted throughout the night. There was no break in the weather this morning which meant packing up camp in the rain. And this wasn’t the typical Seattle drizzle, this was fullContinue reading “Wonderland Trail – Have you ever seen the rain?”

Wonderland Trail Day 5 & 6

Disclaimer: The Well Pickled Wonderland trail journal is more about my experience on the trail vs. descriptions of the trail itself. If you are looking for specific details on the actual trail, terrain, etc. I recommend picking up the book – Hiking the Wonderland Trail, written by Tami Asars. Listed mileage and elevation were sourcedContinue reading “Wonderland Trail Day 5 & 6”