The Many Adventures of an Insatiable Tourist

- When I'm not doing things, I'm writing about doing things-

February 16, 2019

After the first week, my ability to regulate my emotions was deteriorating. By the end of the second, I spent most of the time I wasn’t at work or with friends and family fighting back tears. By the end of the third week, I was a full-blown sobbing mess before I went t...

November 2, 2018

Some days I wish I'd never caught the bug, that I'd never been sucked into this world of broken hearts and broken bodies. I wish I'd never felt the rhythm of a 15-lb heart thudding beneath me in anticipation and excitement.

Some days I cry because I'm overwhelmed by how...

January 18, 2018

"Only here’s what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, do...

December 3, 2017

For years, my more 'educated' outdoorsfriends have been trying to persuade me to take my Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. For years, I have balked. 

Why? The reasons are three:

1. The classes are time-consuming and I don't have PTO (literally, none).

2. The classe...

September 6, 2017

I'm 99.99% sure that The Enchantments are a place you visit, fall in love with, and come away with a firm "okay, it definitely wasn't that cool" mindset. And then, you revisit them and your mind is blown all over again. It must be some sort of coping mechanism; if you...

August 24, 2017

As part of a series of articles contributed by the team at Evolution Healthcare & Fitness  , I wrote a piece for The Outdoor Project. It's about my journey toward health and nutrition through my experiences in the mountains. 

Find it here: 

The Tipping Point  

August 9, 2017

Five of us rolled into Redmond on Thursday afternoon, picked up the RV that would be our home for the next 3 nights and met our 6th compatriot at her house in Bend. We drank beers, jenga-fied coolers, water jugs, and duffle bags into the back of our moving home-away-fr...

July 26, 2017

The biggest, most annoying element of being a lady in the alpine is the assumption that I'm a dude. 


July 19, 2017

Last weekend we attempted to climb the Kautz Glacier on Mount Rainier in a single-day push. We had good maps uploaded to GAIA GPS and a firm plan to stick to the Skyline Trail out of Paradise until we had to drop down onto the Nisqually (a lesson learned from out DC-in...

May 16, 2017

A day in the life of a female ski-mountaineer can go one of two ways: I feel supported, psyched, and completely confident the entire time I'm pushing my limits, or I get inundated with comments such as the following:

"It's totally fine up there but.... you have to be co...

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