Sixty-one, sixty-two, sixty-three. Gasping, I counted our ski-steps up the massive wall of snow, pausing to rest at the sixty-third, one ski facing up the mountain and the other planted firmly behind, keeping the weight of our sleds from dragging us down the mountainside. The harness creaked with the 150 lb. sled held on by two straps at my hips. A colossal bank of snow looming overhead grew larger as we toiled upward, its fake summits causing a sigh every few hundred feet. Shadowy indentations and undulations marked crevasses threatening to swallow us up—or gulp us down—at the base of the pass. Continue reading Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: The 100th mile
This week marks one year since the start of the icecap expedition that took two friends and me on a journey across the biggest non-polar ice cap in the world. And it’s been too many months since my last installment of the story. Now, as I start a new motorcycle journey from Australia to Southeast Asia, I’m disappointed I didn’t finish it sooner. But a part of me was scared to, scared to hurt someone I’d once considered a good friend, and nervous to rehash some of those feelings, despite this journey having been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. But I’ve spent the last five weeks trekking around New Zealand’s South Island, marveling at the views that so often reminded me of those first few days making our way to the toe of the glacier, snow-capped mountains looming in the distance and icefalls peeking out, and I realized this was a story I had to complete before the emotions and memories were changed with the passing of time.
For better or for worse
The sounds of nearby avalanches rolled through the icefield well into the evening. Alone on the Kaskawulsh glacier, the tent felt palatial, the solitude divine. I’d bird bathed the sweat away, standing on my mat in the snow, the sun’s hot rays beating down on my naked skin- the first time I’d had any privacy in a week- as I used handfuls of snow to scrub my body clean. Continue reading Alcan to Ocean Icecap Expedition: For better or for worse
In a rural part of Tanzania, Claire Elsdon shares that 700,000 people rely on only ONE regular ambulance. In a country where around 24 women die every day due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, how can this be? Continue reading Life Saving Motorcycle Ambulances in Tanzania, and YOU
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It’s been quite some time since my last post, and much has happened. Getting the chance to ride across the United States and Canada on a KLR, and to be a part of Women ADV Riders magazine were both wonderful. Being given the opportunity to teach at an all girl’s high school right after was an incredible way to wrap up the last year, is something that will fill me with happiness for a long time.
As I prepare to leave Seattle for the next leg of the journey (Oceania-Asia-Europe), I’ll be giving one more presentation in Seattle. Please join!
Sunday, February 12, 2017
4021 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98108