Sleep In The Dirt

The Baja Allure – Adventuring South in Springtime

Essays From the Field
"Braden emerged slowly from our sleeping bag, and tiptoed toward the dark figure. I stayed behind, prepared to provide backup with a piece of driftwood in my hand. Braden approached, and the figure seemed startled. But shortly after, a human face manifested; and most importantly, a smile. Turned out, it was midnight, and an elderly Mexican farmer and his son had just acquired a flat tire way out here in the middle of No-Man’s-Beach-Land. One floppy tire, no wrench, no food or water." Read the rest

The Evolution of a Thru-Hiker’s Gear

Essays From the Field
Only after endless nights of sleeping in the dirt and becoming a true “dirtbag” did I find out that what you leave at home is almost more important than what you take with you. You cannot figure that out until you have hiked thousands of miles and learned what you are comfortable living without.  Read the rest

Kim Hess Bags Sixth of Seven Summit Challenge

The Campfire Chronicles
The days spent bogged down with weather were filled with coffee, napping, comedic banter, cutting snow blocks to build protective walls from the wind and using the leftover blocks to build sculptures - much like children on a snow day. Time ceased to have meaning in the disorienting 24-hours of daylight, making meals and bedtimes completely irrelevant. Read the rest

Up and Down Denali

Essays From the Field
One of the defining characteristics of climbing Denali is the long slog from Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp at 14,000 feet. A nearly 13-mile, 7,000-foot climb that is weighed down with the more than 120 pounds of fuel, food, camping equipment and climbing gear. Over the course of five days, we huffed, puffed and ski toured across a minefield of crevasses to reach 14K camp. Read the rest