noun | ad•ven•ture | \əd-ˈven-chər\
1 | an undertaking usually involving danger and unkown risks
2 | an exciting or remarkable experience
Greater Patagonia Trail
December 6, 2017 – March 20, 2018
The GPT is an unofficial network of trails, dirt roads, cross country routes, rivers, lakes, and fjords spanning 3,000 kilometers from Santiago, Chile to El Chalten, Argentina. It is both a cultural and wilderness experience. Via foot and packrafts, my partner and I completed Sections 16-40, or about 1,700 kilometers of the GPT. Challenges included wind, rain, cold, hot, remoteness, difficult river crossings, navigation, and isolation. The GPT was a wilder, more remote experience, and my most demanding adventure to date.
Choquequirao to Machu Picchu
September 13, 2017 – September 23, 2017
With almost 50,000 feet of elevation change in 130 kilometers, this trek provided both beautiful and challenging hiking in the Andes. My Dad and I encountered archeological sights, quiet pueblitos, and high altitude passes. In retrospect, our walk from Choquequirao to Machu Picchu made for a memorable wilderness pilgrimage.
Sierra High Route
August 8, 2017 – August 22, 2017
An immersion in the High Sierra. Spanning 195 miles from Road’s End to Twin Lakes, Steve Roper’s Sierra High Route featured primarily off-trail travel at elevations between 9,000 to 12,000 feet while climbing 31 passes through Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo National Forest, and Yosemite National Park. This was my first foray into off-trail travel, route finding, and the joy that is endless talus.
December 6, 2016 – March 16, 2017
Kia Ora! 1,860 miles across New Zealand’s bush forests, beaches, pastures, and mountain ranges. Less established than the AT or PCT, Te Araroa provided both a mental and physical challenge. River crossings and unpredictable weather required flexibility and provided a real sense of adventure.
Pacific Crest Trail
May 10, 2016 – September 15, 2016
From Mexico to Canada, this trail covers deserts, mountain passes, ponderosa pine forests, and volcanic remnants. Crossing through five national monuments, five state parks, six national parks, 25 national forest units, and 48 federal wilderness areas, the PCT is a quintessential survey of California, Oregon, and Washington. Covering the 2,650 mile trail in a single season required long days, good health, and a little luck.
April 29, 2014 – August 29, 2014
My first long hike. 2,185 miles in four months across the Appalachian Mountains. Through eight national forests and two national parks, the AT was a steep learning curve in the art of distance hiking and lightweight backpacking.