THIS is the face of idiot who is so delighted by snow that she doesn’t immediately stop ascending on her mountain bike ride. She may be prepared for a rainy ride, but snow and related temperatures were unexpected. THIS is a lucky idiot, who managed to make more good decisions than bad, and was rewarded… Read More


My birthday weekend was delightful, spent with friends, doing the things I love – skiing, biking, making terrible jokes, eating pizza. Delightful, but for the smoke. The smoke from a fire whose name I didn’t know, because it was far away and didn’t affect me. Until it did. I got home from birthday pizza, opened… Read More


It’s barely been two years since I moved to the mountains, but it feels like so much longer. That’s something I appreciate about this life – time seems to move more slowly when I’m focused on things that aren’t centered around an urban pattern of get up/go to work/come home/go to sleep. This list isn’t… Read More


Somewhere in there I climbed and descended almost 4000 feet of trail. The ride is this thing, but I did it counter-clockwise. plus the road section.  I was pooped. Then I cooled down and ate food, and got all happy and excited about my next ride. Now if only the high temps would stay below 70F…… Read More


My last couple of big-ish adventures didn’t really pan out like I expected. A little too much fun of the Type 2 variety, not quite enough Type 1. Skiing Adams (on 6/6) broke the cycle. Lots of things could’ve gone wrong. Nothing did. It was glorious. To start, I thought I might end up going solo. Not the… Read More


We had a plan. Leave Hood River at 7pm.  Arrive to trailhead at 11pm. Start hiking at 7am. Back to the car by 2pm. Back in Hood River before dark. Lots of smiles and corn and happy memories to show for our efforts. Instead, there was a fire. Meaghann and team got it out, but… Read More


You don’t know until you go, right? Reid and I had toured a couple high points a Crater Lake last spring (Garfield and Applegate = corn town!), and then ridden our bikes around it in September. There’s some neat terrain out there, so we decided to go around it on skis this spring. Theresa, always game… Read More


I learned the hard way last spring that going with the “good deal” boot is a bad deal in the long run. Substantial boot work got them to feel ok, but by  2 weeks, 10 volcanoes, and almost 50k ft into my off season I’d sprained my plantar plate and could barely walk. This year, I… Read More


I won my first ski pack at a raffle. (No shopping, yea!) It was perfect for my weekend warrior status. Then in winter ’15/16 I stopped skiing 30 days a year and bumped to 150+. (Living at a ski area is great.) I finally acknowledged that I might benefit from seeking out a backcountry pack… Read More


I just fell into the Instagram hole – scroll scroll double-tap scroll. As I blinked my way back to the real world I had a thought: no one ever takes sad selfies. That, or I don’t follow those people on Instagram. I follow adventurous outdoors-people, travelers, artists, creators. Their feeds are full of rad things,… Read More