YOU CAN’T FALL IF YOU DON’T CLIMB. BUT THERE’S NO JOY IN LIVING YOUR WHOLE LIFE ON THE GROUND.
The images of our fourth hike at Jungfraujoch in Switzerland still vividly live in my memories... It was really special to have been teleported into this high altitude Winter Wonderland in the middle of Summer!
I just wish it hadn’t been so touristy; sometimes it feels like special places like this are spoilt by human touch and commercialisation. On my holidays I like to get away from the hustle and bustle but sadly, some places that are worth visiting have been claimed by civilisation.
What frustrates you on a hike the most?
Sharing the joy of outdoor photography with new eyes is always very inspiring and enjoyable.
I helped lead a few gals on a mini adventure in my magical little mountain community while exploring various photography techniques... It was all great until we got to experimenting with “inconvenient perspectives” when I foolishly rolled my ankle on a MASSIVE... pebble.
Thankful for my medic friends on the trip for the pain meds, hydration & arm to lean on, the local firefighter friends at the neighborhood cafe for ice pack & bandage, and my generous naturopathic neighbor for the comfrey root poultice she whipped up from her yard ✨
“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”
2 327 hours ago
A hike up to a waterfall is always the most rewarding kind of hike
2 587 hours ago
Baking + Weightlifting + Opera ❤️
Cookies: Peanut Butter+Chia Seeds+Raw Sugar Flakes and Raw Honey on top 😘
1 247 hours ago
Trail thoughts 💭 As I hiked out of the canyon (with massive sausage fingers 🖐🏼🤚🏼) I greeted everyone with a “Hello” “Good Morning” and other peppy, happy, encouraging trail comments. What if we all took our “happy trail” comments to our daily lives and greeted other people with “hello’s” or “good mornings” throughout the day?
5 1257 hours ago
“What is life but one grand adventure”
🤘. (Mountaineering/Ice Climbing, Franz Josef Glacier,NZ)
[MY FIRST PANORAMIC SWIPE!]
Mornings •• before you wake up ✨
I wake up to a dark slate sky, as a blank slate.
Unmarked - not as in perfect,
but at my most raw, at my most honest.
It’s like everything is frozen, suspended…
and the only thing drifting is my thoughts.
They’re untethered, not yet leashed + jostled along by the world’s moving parts,
but meandering to what I know is at my very centre.
As the sky lightens and streaks of pink, red and orange ignite across, it is scorchingly clear to me what/who I need and want and love + what I stand for.
They’re branded on me, and it feels clear and bold and wonderful.
But the fire fades, always quicker than I can prepare for.
The sky becomes a perfectly uniform canvas of blue,
but there’s nothing perfect nor uniform about me.
I go into the day, hanging onto that rawness, honesty, clarity, dreaming in multicolour.
Some days, I manage to not let go,
but other days, it lets go of me.
But if I’m lucky (and not lazy), I always wake to new day,
a new dark slate sky,
as a new blank slate,
ready to to mark + mess up.
15 10811 hours ago
Chelsea, Chris, and Caitlin go Camping by the Creek near Canyonlands
Tour de Mont Blanc Day Six (part 3): in the afternoon, we continued to climb down into the Alpage at La Peule stopping at a dairy farm in the valley that serves homemade farm fresh milkshakes! 😯
Our final kilometres of the day were spent walking along the river and among the wildflowers of Switzerland to our refuge for the night 🌷
Tour de Mont Blanc Day Six (part 2): after staring at mountain peaks all morning, it was finally time to climb one! And so began a slow and steady slog up a couple 1000 metres. Finally, we reached and had lunch at the peak - and border of Italy and Switzerland! 🇨🇭What goes up must come down, and so we slid down the other side of the Grand Col Ferret (pictured here) into Switzerland.
Tour de Mont Blanc Day Six: after spending our night up in the mountains, we embarked on our 22 km adventure for the day by first descending down into the valley and of course stopping for espresso mid-morning. The Italians know how to do hiking! ☕️
2 7411 hours ago
Refuge Elisabetta Soldini Montanaro, 2195 mt!
Val Veny, Courmayeur!