Posts in Health & Training
Insanely Delicious Vegan Backpacking Food with Maya Kaimal’s Everyday Dals

Insanely Delicious Vegan Backpacking Food with Maya Kaimal’s Everyday Dals | Let’s face it. Delicious backpacking food that is ALSO healthy can be hard to come by. So naturally, I was thrilled when Maya Kaimal reached out to me about trying their Everyday Dals, which are a perfectly sized for the ultimate vegan backpacking meal. In this post I’ll reveal what I love about them the most and which of the flavors is my absolute favorite! | shedreamsofalpine.com

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7 Tips to Hiking and Summiting Your First Fourteener Mountain

7 Tips to Hiking & Summiting Your First Fourteener | Some consider climbing a 14er one of the ultimate hiking achievements, and there are over 96 total 14,000 ft. peaks in the United States! In this post I review planning, training, and 7 tips to set yourself up for a successful summit of a 14er mountain. With a bit of planning and training, you'll reach heights you never thought were imaginable! | shedreamsofalpine.com

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3 Boozy Warm Winter Drinks to Make on Your Next Outdoor Adventure

3 Delicious & Boozy Warm Winter Drinks to Make on Your Next Outdoor Adventure | Winter is here, and that’s no excuse to stop going into the mountains and exploring the outdoors! Stay warm with 3 of our favorite warm boozy winter drink recipes that we love to pack up with our Stanley flask and thermos and enjoy at the our favorite campsite or at the top of our favorite peak. These drinks are easy to make, portable, and delicious! Stay warm this winter my friends and have fun in the mountains! | shedreamsofalpine.com

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Put In the Time and Keep Showing Up

Growing up I always hated running. I loved soccer, but preferred defense. I loved basketball but hated the sprinting drills. I loved gym class but hated the 1 mile run. I still have this vivid memory of middle school gym class where we had just completed the 1 mile run, and I finished with a 7 min 30 seconds time, but apparently the last time we did the run in gym class I had run 7 mins and 27 seconds. My gym coach told me I needed to re-run the mile so that I could get my "PR", personal record. I told him I didn't want to, but he insisted. 

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An Experiment: Plant-Based Eating

I remember a few month ago, sitting at our campground with our friends Mandy and Dallas in Hueco Tanks, Texas. Somehow we got to talking about being Raw Vegan. I remember being like, "Ew, no, I don't think I could go that extreme... I mean, i like cooked foods, and meat from time to time.." And I pretty much dismissed the idea, except for my slight curiosity in the fact that you could make "cheese" out of cashews.

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Training Update: End of 8 week Transition Period, Beginning of a 16 week Base Period

I bet you were thinking I'd have given up on my training experiment by now (using the methods and program described by the book Training for the New Alpinism). Although I missed a couple of planned days here and there, I mostly stuck to my 8 week transition period plan. Woo hoo! And shame on you for not believing in me.

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Rock Climbing Self Rescue

There I was, belaying Michael up from the trad anchor I had just set up on this 5.10a multipitch climb in Owen's River Gorge, CA. All of a sudden my rope went tight. What the heck? That's when I heard the crash of a boulder on the ground and I peered over the edge to find Michael knocked out cold. Fuck.

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