Category: My Journey

A Solo and Speedy Thru-Hike of the Wonderland Trail

The Wonderland Trail is a 93 mile loop around one of the lower 48's largest active volcanoes, Mt. Rainier. 22,000 feet of glute force climbing, and 22,000 feet of quad screaming loss. Most people go clockwise because the ascents are more gradual, but I ended up going counter-clockwise because I'm a bigger fan of more gradual descents. I really don't think it makes a big difference, it's brutally steep in both directions. I'm also certain that if I chose to go in the other direction, it
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Why I Hike Alone

"I learned my strengths and my weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between...I learned courage and I learned it myself" - Ann Stirk For the past several years I have ventured off on my own, so much so that the #1 question I get seems to be packed into one word, but with an entire world of concern behind the eyes - "alone?" Recently I have been feeling a bit of shame/guilt/embarrassment around my habit of solo adventure.
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Welcome Welcome!

Welcome to Wild and Well! I appreciate you being here. My idea for this blog is to provide content that will help you feel better so you can improve your performance. You don't have to be a crazy athlete to read this stuff, performance is at the foundation of all our lives: work, relationships, hobbies, etc. If you are looking to improve your energy levels, sleep better, balance your mood, or shed a couple lbs through food and lifestyle techniques, then stay put and spread the word, you'll find
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