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Injury-Prevention for Long Distant Hikers: ALDHA-West Cascade Ruck Recap

This was my first time attending an ALDHA-West event and I was thrilled to share info on preventing overuse injuries using self-massage. I was able to highlight techniques used in my book Self-Massage for the Outdoors created as a practical guide to help those on the trail recover without tools such as foam rollers. Specific emphasis [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|Hiking, Injury Prevention, Rucking, Self-Care, Self-Massage|0 Comments

Hiking Program

How does one prepare for hiking? Specifically, long-distance hiking? Will more hours in the gym, yoga class, or daily walks train you enough for the unique demands hiking for long distances places on your body? Unless your day-to-day routine includes 2-4 hours of walking with a pack on most of us will need to dedicate [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|Hiking, Injury Prevention|0 Comments

Health Benefits of Walking

As I have progressed through my 20's into my 30's, I have found walking to be my favorite activity. Walking in the woods is even better with extended time in the backcountry my favorite activity. I used to consider myself a runner often logging 20+ miles per week, but a sudden knee injury took me [...]

By | January 16th, 2018|Exercise, Hiking, Injury Prevention, Movement Integration, Personal Training, Self-Care|Comments Off on Health Benefits of Walking

Circumnavigating Three Sisters

Starting in the fall of 2015, I began circumnavigating mountains. I enjoy summiting mountains as long as they are not too technical, but there is something special about seeing every angle of the glaciers, high ridges, and alpine meadows experienced while circumnavigating. My first mountain was Mt. Hood. It was close to home with many [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|Adventures, Hiking|3 Comments

How to Prepare for the Three Sisters Loop

In preparation for hiking around the entire Three Sisters Wilderness Loop at the end of this month, I've been preparing my body and gear for the two-day, long-distance adventure. When reading about hiking the loop, most sites refer to the total mileage being around 48-50 miles depending on which route you choose to hike into the [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|Adventures, Hiking|2 Comments

How to Self-Massage Your Feet

The feet are the most obvious place to start with self-massage after a long day hiking, running, or working over long-distances and rough terrain. They endure hundreds of pounds of repetitive force in the often hot, wet, enclosed spaces we call shoes. They absorb shock, mold to uneven surfaces, and offer us a temporary connection point [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Hiking, Massage, Self Stretches, Self-Care, Self-Massage|0 Comments

Loowit Trail #216- Around Mt. St. Helens

Since my two day trip around Mt. Hood via the Timberline Trail last year, I've been wanting to visit the Loowit Trail. I read it was between 30-32 miles depending on the access trail chosen and that the terrain was very difficult, only recommended for experienced hikers. The Loowit Trail is known for limited waters sources, [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Adventures, Hiking|Comments Off on Loowit Trail #216- Around Mt. St. Helens

2 days around Mt. Hood on the Timberline Trail

  2015 proved to be a dry year in Oregon. I hiked the Timberline Trail to Paradise Park in mid-May with some spotty snow and by the beginning of June, the trail was completely dry. I would have hiked the entire trail around Mt. Hood earlier, except I needed to plan for a day where [...]

By | October 31st, 2015|Adventures, Hiking|1 Comment

Strength Training for Hiking

Living in a place where hiking is so accessible allows year-around recreation and enjoyment of nature. During summertime, the higher elevation alpine environment offers spectacular benefits to those who can withstand the more rugged terrain. Steep ascents, ridgelines, creek crossings, and descents can begin to take a toll on the joints of the body such [...]

By | September 2nd, 2015|Exercise, Hiking|Comments Off on Strength Training for Hiking