Sustainable Fashion From Athleta

Sponsored by Athleta What does it mean to live a sustainable lifestyle? Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Practicing sustainability can come in many forms, including driving electric cars, brining your own cups, straws, and storage containers to restaurants, eating locally sourced…

Salkantay Trek with WHOA Travel

About a year ago I heard of WHOA Travel through the hiking group Girls Who Hike. WHOA Travel advertised an all female trekking trip of the Salkantay Trail in Peru. I started to do my research and save my pennies––visiting Peru and the Lost Incan City of Machu Picchu had been a dream of mine….

Hiking Golden Cathedral

Escalante is one of my favorite places to hike in Utah. So many trails to explore, most of which are right off of Hole in the Rock Road. I recently hiked Golden Cathedral and it is easily one of my top favorite hikes. I love it not only the beauty of the vibrantly colored sandstone…

Backpacking Havasupai

Backpacking Havasupai has been on my bucket list for sometime now and I finally got the opportunity to go this year, and it did not disappoint! Havasupai is a paradise of red rocks and turquoise water located within Havasu Canyon, a large tributary on the south side of the Colorado River. For over 800 years…

Hiking the Subway, Zion National Park

The “Subway” is aptly named after the tunnel shaped slot canyon located deep within the Left Fork in Zion National Park. There are two ways to explore the Subway: the Bottom Up hike is a difficult, non technical 9 mile hike, that involves creek crossing and boulder scrambling. The Top Down route is an even more strenuous 9.5 mile hike that…

Cave of Munits

Located in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve lies the Cave of Munits. For thousands of years the Chumash Native American tribe lived in the current Preserve’s area. Supposedly the cave was once occupied by a Chumash shaman. Legend has it he was executed after killing the son of a powerful chief. It’s an easy hike to the cave at just 2.6…

Mount Lowe, Josephine Peak, and Strawberry Peak

These past few months I explored local day hikes to Mount Lowe, Josephine Peak and Strawberry Peak, located in the San Gabriel Mountains, off the Angeles Crest Highway. All three hikes are in close proximity to each other and each trail is less than 10 miles in distance. I was pleasantly surprised that these underrated hikes are close to…

Mount Whitney-One Day Hike

This year I really wanted to challenge myself—push myself to my absolute limit. I made it my goal to not only hike once a week for a year but also hike Mount Whitney in one day! Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states at 14,508ft! I knew it would be difficult…

San Jacinto

Difficulty: Strenuous | Elevation Gain: 4,689 ft | Length: 11.4 miles roundtrip | Time: 8-9 Hours This past weekend I hiked San Jacinto via the Marion Mountain Trail. It marks #5 of the Six Pack Peaks I have hiked this year! Since I’m training for Whitney, I passed on the tram route and opted for the more challenging Marion Mountain Trail that’s detailed…

Ancient Bristolcone Forest

If these ancient trees could talk, what questions would you ask them? This past weekend I visited the Ancient Bristolcone Forest located in the White Mountains of Inyo Valley. The home to the oldest living organism! These ancient trees withstand thousands of years in the harshest of elements at approximately 11,000 feet elevation. To reach the Bristlecones,…

San Bernadino Peak

Difficulty: Strenuous | Elevation Gain: 4,702 ft | Length: 16.5 miles roundtrip | Time: 8-9 Hours This year I’ve been training for Whitney by hiking the six tallest peaks in Southern California aka “The Six Pack Peaks.” This past Friday I just completed hiking San Bernadino Peak and it’s one of my favorite hikes in Southern California! It is quite a strenuous…

Goblin Valley

One of the most unusual places we explored while driving through Southern Utah was Goblin Valley State Park. This alien like place features thousands of Hoodoos or “goblins” as the locals refer to them. These distinct mushroom like rock formations are formed from the gradual erosion of sandstone, deposited about 170 million years ago when the area was situated…