When you get into alpine climbing no one tells you that summit day starts well before the sun rises. Every minute saved by rolling out of camp early could mean the difference between summiting and disappointment.
Alas, I found myself in that familiar place again, groggily emerging from my sleeping bag and questioning my own sanity.
For those of you who check out BRBdoingstuff on the reg, you will know that Big Bend is my favorite national park in the US! That’s why I saved the best for last on my latest road trip across the Southwest.
Ah, the face of someone who insists snowstorms never happen in the desert.
Coincidentally also the face of someone learning a valuable lesson. Why, as it turns out snowstorms can, and do, happen in the desert. Funny one guys, a real knee slapper!
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!
Guest post by Avani Miriyala
For American Thanksgiving this year I decided to get a little unconventional and swapped feasting on delicious food and chattering away with my amazing family (who I absolutely love, don’t get me wrong), with the land of rice paddies, Nintendo, and green tea: Japan!
My boyfriend, Tushar, and I planned this trip for months and we anxiously counted down the seconds until November and our Asian adventure! We challenged ourselves to pack light, bringing two 55L backpack for our 14 day trip. As a first time backpacker, it was quite a challenge to fit all my cute travel outfits into only 55 liters!
As it turned out, jamming a lot of stuff into small backpacks was a fitting metaphor for our time in Japan!
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!
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.
Part of deciding to do stuff is knowing when it’s time to switch gears and do other stuff. My hop-across-the-pond sojourn took me to six countries over a handful of months and I gradually started to think through what returning to my new home in Austin, Texas would look like.