• Backpacking,  Camping,  Gear,  Hiking,  Travel

    Planning the W Trek: Backpacking Torres del Paine

    In February 2019, my husband and I went on a 16 day trip to Torres del Paine, El Chalten and El Calafate for our honeymoon. Leading into this trip, I was concerned about overhyping myself and getting let down – and I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case. The trip and the experience far exceeded expectations! But it also exceeded expectations on the planning and logistics – which can be surprisingly complicated despite being an adventure in one of the most remote parts of the world. I hope you find this post helpful in your own planning of your adventure in Torres del Paine.

  • REI Labor Day Sale 2017
    Gear

    REI Labor Day Sale 2017 Picks

    REI is back with yet another summer sale – this time, their Labor Day Sale & Clearance is gearing up with up to 40% off in-season items. The sale begins on August 25, 2017 and runs through September 4, 2017. Like their anniversary sale and 4th of July sale, there are a ton of solid picks at great prices. Read on for a few of my favorite picks this round.

  • Camping,  Gear

    How to Make Char Cloth At Home

    In an effort to feel more comfortable outside, I decided to take REI’s 3 Season Wilderness Surival course based out of China Camp State Beach (just north of San Francisco). This particular class was women-only and led by an amazing female instructor – highly recommended if you’re noob like me and not as comfortable in some of the other classes! One of the areas we focused on was the art of staying warm and surviving through the night – aka creating fire. While there are (literally) thousands of ways to start a fire efficiently, one of the simplest ways is with the help of charcloth. I had a few holey…

  • REI Co-Op Vintage Logo Nalgene
    Gear,  Tips

    REI 4th of July Sale Picks

    July 4th is almost upon us – which also means retailers of all shapes and sizes are hosting sales! While REI’s 4th of July sale isn’t as significant as their anniversary sale, there are still plenty of deals to be had. Read on for a few of my picks from this round.

  • DIY Barry's Bootcamp at Home
    Gear,  Home

    DIY Barry’s Bootcamp at Home

    While I love the outdoors, it’s tough to get away for a hike on the weekdays with work- instead, I’ll typically take classes at various studios and gyms. When I moved to NYC in 2014 for grad school, several classmates raved about a new fitness subscription service at the time called ClassPass. Fast forward three years later, and I’m still a loyal subscriber on their 5-class per month plan for $65. It’s great for getting in some quick workouts on weekdays after work. I’m a huge fan of Barry’s Bootcamp on the platform, but the plan only allows me to go there twice a month. For those not familiar with…