2014 is the last year of my 20s, and I like outside. I was born in the middle of Iowa and moved to Oregon when I was 21. I currently live in southeast Portland with three dude friends and my two dude cats. I have a degree in science, a lot of student debt, and I work for REI. Adventures are my favorite.

I’ve enjoyed hiking and camping and backpacking for years, but beginning December 23, 2013, I began hiking a different trail in Oregon or Washington once a week. Although it began as a means to sort through matters of the heart, it quickly turned into a personal challenge to discover that of which I am capable. In March, my friend, Julia, asked me if I wanted to hike the 95-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier — the next day we submitted permit requests. Lucky us when we received our permit reservation a month later.

So far in 2014, I have hiked/snowshoe-ed/backpacked more than 30 different trails and 300 miles, including summits of Mount St. Helens, South Sister, Mt. Defiance, and the Wonderland Trail. I’ve enjoyed views from the coast, the coastal mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascades, central Oregon, eastern Oregon, southern Washington, and Steens Mountain.

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