At the heart of BRBdoingstuff, we’re women who seek to gain understanding about the world around us through engagement. We explore, learn, try and adventure. Our usual topics include ill-advised feats of athleticism, adventures in remote places and wild outdoor happenings, but today’s post is a little different.
If you caught my latest post about Patagonia, you’ll already know that I didn’t want to leave. Although I don’t believe that all good things must come to an end, my trekking down south was sadly bound by a return flight to Santiago a week later. I left behind a mountain of unfinished business.
Reminder to self: this is an excellent example of a travel planning fail and why you should resist the temptation of scheduling everything ahead of time. Knock that shit off — you know better!
But, the good news remained that I had another week to kick around central Chile to explore the coast!
For having clocked in around 45 countries it’s wild to think that I’ve only been south of the equator once, with my most recent trip rounding out that pitiful number to two. Moreover, I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to discover how completely incredible South America is (spoiler: it’s my new travel obsession). Regardless, the seal is broken and I’m in love.
As I learned recently on the West Coast Trail, life doesn’t always go as planned. It’s important to plan for the unexpected so when things inevitably go sideways, you’re ready. Of course like most lessons in life, I came to learn this the hard way!
We’re taking a different approach to our latest blog post here at BRBdoingstuff because writing a conventional article about an unconventional activity doesn’t make sense. Also, revisiting the Great Hike of 2016 gives us some serious PTSD flashbacks. So get ready for our most honest, straightforward post to date. (That’s why it’s a little late… we’ve been putting off writing this because it is equal parts humbling and emotional)!
Spoiler alert: don’t try this at home!
The biggest misconception about vagabonding is that it requires travel. To set the record straight once and for all — vagabonding is a mindset, not a destination. You can apply vagabonding principles like curiosity, being present in the moment, living light, and approaching new things with an open mind at home just as well as you can in the most remote corner of the world.
With that in mind, I’ve been spending time exploring my own backyard in Austin, Texas. The literal backyard is a work in progress as I’m attempting to become an urban farmer (more on that in a future post), but my more figurative backyard is proving rich in opportunity and adventure — Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg and Luckenbach come highly recommended!
After a wild weekend in Calgary with girlfriends I needed some reprieve, or at very minimum an activity that didn’t revolve around tequila. The Rocky Mountains called and I was anxious to get in some outdoor multi-pitch climbing during the exquisite Canadian weather window between late Spring and early Fall.
It’s cheeky to claim that you’ve mastered anything by the age of 30, but when it comes to Canada’s West Coast Trail it’s safe to say that I’m approaching expert status. In a few days I will formally claim that title by hiking it for the fifth time… alone. For those of you considering the trek, or any multi-day excursion, I’ve pulled together a preparation guide (and video!) to help you hike with your best foot forward.
I’ve spent the lion’s share of my last year poking around places far away from Austin, and it wasn’t sitting right with me. People travel from all over the world to see legendary Texas and the very proud, somewhat outrageous, residents it houses. Ask anyone around here what country they are from and the answer will usually be Texas. And the crazy part about that? People abroad know exactly where that is.
In the context of learning to ice climb, the ‘D’ in BYOD stands for diaper. Yes, it’s spookier than you can imagine.