Category Archives: Lessons Learned

Leave No Trace

Last week my son developed a PowerPoint presentation on Leave No Trace (LNT) principles and presented it to his Webelos den (Cub Scouts). He had a lot of fun adding pictures, sound effects, and motion to the presentation. The result … Continue reading

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No More Excuses

Don’t you hate it when you have no more excuses? No more reasons to hold yourself back? When that little voice in your head that says “I’m not good enough” can’t come up with a single reason to back up … Continue reading

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How Fragile We Are

Yesterday was a bit tough. In the morning at the gym I found out that a friend of mine was killed in a car accident last Thursday evening. It was strange because I heard the accident reported on my husband’s … Continue reading

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Stop, Think, Observe and Plan

Earlier this week, two backpackers were rescued in Glacier National Park after five extra nights in the backcountry. This article, Missing Hikers Were Well Prepared, describes their ordeal and how they used “situational awareness” to stay safe. The term situational … Continue reading

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I Walk Slow

“I walk slow. I walk slow. Take my hand, help me on my way.” Lovers’ Eyes, Mumford & Sons When I’m out hiking or backpacking with my kids, I am often stopped by people who ask me how I got … Continue reading

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Leeches in Bear Lake and Rawah Wilderness

Before I had children, I spent my weekends kayaking and camping in the Colorado Rockies. During that time, I never once had a leech bite, saw a leech, or was even warned about leeches in our rivers and lakes. But … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

It is common for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail and other long distance hikes to be given trail names by other hikers. Sometimes names are given by hiking partners, and sometimes they are given by strangers — other hikers on … Continue reading

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