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From first aid kits to wick-and-wear clothing, packing for the climb to Everest Base Camp feels almost more daunting than the mountain.  I prefer to pack as light as possible, but for such a big climb I also don’t want to forget anything. Luckily the guide company I will be traveling with in April sent me a packing list to help with the ruck-sack stuffing adventure.

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Indian Point Loop Trail

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Challenging your lungs in a tug-a-war with your legs, the Indian Point Loop Trail leads up into the high cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge for spectacular views worth the battle.

From Indian Point – an outcropping of rocks along a rocky ridge – enjoy 180-degree views of the Columbia River as well as the Washington bank and the tree-lined slopes of the neighboring cliffs. I unfortunately did this hike on a cloudy day, but even in the fog the site was pretty spectacular and every once in a while the dense white cloud layer would swirl away for peak-a-boo views of the river below.

Indian Point

Too see these sweeping panoramas though, be prepared to climb! The first four miles of this hike is all up hill. Gaining 2800 feet, this hike isn’t for those looking for a fast up and down half-day hike – unless you are the Speedy Gonzales…

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Cape Horn Loop Hike

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”  ~Kahlil Gibran

Cape Horn hike viewpoint

With high cliff views of the Columbia River Gorge from the Washington side, the Cape Horn Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile loop that meanders through the woods to pop out points with wide open views of the river. Maintained by an active trail association, the Cape Horn loop is clean and clear making it a popular hike for outdoor lovers of all ages.

The lower portion of the Cape Horn trail is closed annually from February 1-July 15 to protect sensitive Peregrine Falcon habitat, so if you visit during this time frame make sure to save time to return on the trail to the parking lot.

Getting there: From Portland take I-5 or I-205 north to WA SR-14 east to milepost 26, turn left on Salmon…

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Everest Base Camp Training Guide

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With the big trek to Everest base camp ahead of me – by golly – am I preparing both my body and mind as much as possible for the trek. My no means, do I want to be the one person who is miserable for the trip just because I wasn’t strong enough to train. With only two months to go, I’m getting serious now.

To prepare, my training plan combines P90X daily workouts with a half-marathon training plan plus long distance hikes on the weekend and stretching.

(I am not a certified trainer, please consult a trainer or physician before starting this workout regime.)

Training Plan

Day

P90X

Running

Monday Core 3 – 5 mile run
Tuesday Cardio walk, 30-60 minutes cross train
Wednesday Shoulders & Arms, Abs 3 – 5 mile run
Thursday Yoga walk, 30-60 minutes cross train
Friday Legs & Back, Abs Hill run…

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Top 10 Northwest Snowshoe Areas

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When the snow starts to fall and you just can’t stand being cooped up any longer, head out hiking. Grab a friend, some poles and a pair of snowshoes and try one of these fun snowshoe trails around the Pacific Northwest. You might just bump into me this winter!

Oregon

Tumalo Mountain, Bend

A 4-mile trail leading up the side of the mountain, this trail offers amazing views of Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters from its peak. While its hard to get lost on Tumalo Mountain’s flanks, be wary that there is no visible trail in the winter. Located off Cascade Lakes Highway across from Mt. Bachelor at Dutchman Flat Sno-Park.
View from Tumalo Mountain

Gold Lake

An idea hub for winter adventures, Gold Lake offers scenic trails for all ages. Travel around the lake from hut-to-hut and and enjoy the area’s varied trails. Good for beginners to advanced snowshoers and Nordic skiers…

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Everest or Bust!

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In 2 months and 22 days, I will be set out on the adventure of a lifetime.

With two strong feet forward, I am going to trek to Everest Base Camp with Ace the Himalayas and my best friend. A 16-day round trip, we will hike the 40 miles to the highest mountain in the world (from Lukia to Everest BC) and enjoy daily visits to cultural sites, traditional villages and tea houses. Walking alongside mountaineers heading up for their attempt at the summit, the experience I imagine will be surreal and breathtaking – literally and figuratively.

I’m not yet sure where else this trip will take me, but I do know for sure that it represents a new direction and new path for my life. I will be leaving behind my job, my apartment and my comfort zone in Portland, Oregon and setting forth on the trail.

“It is not…

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