Adventure Time Denali

Summiting Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is a significant mountaineering challenge and requires a high level of skill and experience in cold-weather mountaineering. The following are some of the basic requirements and equipment needed to summit Denali:


  • Physical Fitness: Climbing Denali requires a high level of physical fitness. Climbers must be able to carry a heavy pack while trekking up steep slopes and across glaciers for extended periods.
  • Experience: Climbers must have experience in cold-weather mountaineering, particularly in high-altitude environments, and have experience with glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and other technical skills.
  • Training: Climbers must complete a training course in cold-weather mountaineering and altitude preparation.


  • Clothing: Warm and breathable clothing layers, including a waterproof outer layer, are necessary for the extreme conditions of Denali. Clothing should be designed for temperatures as low as -30F (-34C) and high winds. Insulated boots and crampons are also necessary.
  • Shelter: A sturdy, four-season tent is necessary to protect climbers from the harsh winds and snow at high elevations.
  • Food and Water: High-calorie, non-perishable foods that can be easily prepared are necessary for climbers to maintain their energy levels during the climb. In addition, water bottles or hydration systems capable of carrying a minimum of 4-6 liters of water are recommended.
  • Climbing Equipment: Climbing equipment, including ice axes, ropes, harnesses, carabiners, and pulleys, are necessary for glacier travel and crevasse rescue.
  • Communication Equipment: A satellite phone or radio, GPS device, and personal locator beacon are essential for climbers to communicate with their support team and to signal for emergency assistance.
  • Other Gear: Sunglasses, sunscreen, first aid kit, headlamps, and spare batteries, among other gear, should also be included.

It’s important to note that this is a partial list, and additional equipment and preparation may be necessary depending on the specific conditions and circumstances of the climb. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that climbers work with an experienced guide or join an organized expedition to increase their chances of success and safety on the mountain.

landscape scenery of the famous denali in alaska
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The cost of climbing Denali can vary greatly depending on several factors, such as the type of climb (guided or unguided), the climb duration, the number of climbers in the group, the level of support required, and the gear and equipment needed. Here are some of the main expenses you might encounter:

  • Climbing Permit: The cost of a climbing permit to access Denali National Park can range from $350 to $1,050 per person, depending on the length of the climb and the number of climbers in the group.
  • Guided Expedition: If you choose to join a guided expedition, the cost can range from $5,000 to $25,000 per person, depending on the level of support provided, the length of the climb, and the number of climbers in the group. Guided expeditions typically include transportation, food, and gear such as tents and cooking equipment.
  • Travel and Accommodation: Climbers must factor in travel expenses to Alaska, including airfare, lodging, and transportation to and from the mountain. This can add several thousand dollars to the overall cost of the climb.
  • Gear and Equipment: The cost of gear and equipment can also vary significantly depending on the quality and quantity of gear needed. Climbers can expect to spend at least several thousand dollars on warm clothing, boots, crampons, ice axes, ropes, and other climbing equipment.
  • Other expenses to consider include food and supplies for the climb, insurance, and any necessary permits or licenses.

Overall, the total cost of a Denali climb can range from around $8,000 to $40,000 per person or more, depending on the abovementioned factors. Therefore, budgeting carefully and factoring in all potential expenses is essential to ensure a safe and successful climb.

Before attempting to climb Denali, having a significant amount of experience in cold-weather mountaineering and high-altitude climbing is crucial. Here are some of the places where climbers typically train before attempting to summit Denali:

  • Local Mountains: Climbers can start by gaining experience on local mountains in their area, especially those that offer similar terrain and elevation gain as Denali. This can include climbing routes on peaks such as Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Mount Hood, or the Cascades in the United States.
  • International Mountains: Climbers can also gain experience by climbing other high-altitude peaks worldwide, such as Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, or the Himalayas.
  • Glacier Training: Glacier travel and crevasse rescue are essential for climbing Denali so that climbers can attend courses or training programs offering instruction. Many climbing schools and guiding companies offer glacier travel courses, such as the American Alpine Institute, the Alaska Mountaineering School, or the Colorado Mountain School.
  • High-Altitude Training: Climbers can train for high-altitude climbing by spending time at high elevations, such as hiking or climbing in the Rocky Mountains or the Sierra Nevada, or using a hypoxic training system to simulate high-altitude conditions.
  • Strength and Conditioning: Climbers need to be in top physical condition to attempt a climb like Denali, so they can also train by doing strength and conditioning exercises, such as weightlifting, cardio, and endurance training, to build up their strength and endurance.

Overall, climbers should aim to gain as much experience and training as possible before attempting to climb Denali to ensure they are prepared for the extreme conditions and challenges of the climb.

Fun Remote Hiking

Remote hiking can be a thrilling and rewarding experience, but it’s essential to be prepared and take specific safety measures to ensure a successful and enjoyable trip. Here are some things to consider when planning a small hike:

  1. Pack the right gear: Bring all the necessary equipment and supplies, such as a map and compass, a first aid kit, plenty of water and high-energy snacks, a flashlight or headlamp, and appropriate clothing and footwear. In addition, consider bringing a satellite phone or personal locator beacon for emergency communication.
  2. Tell someone your plan: It’s always a good idea to let someone know your hiking route and the estimated return time. Just in case you need help with search and rescue efforts in the unlikely event that you become lost or injured.
  3. Please stay on the trail: It can be tempting to stray from the marked trail to explore, but it’s crucial to stay on the designated path to avoid getting lost and damaging the natural environment.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to your surroundings and any potential hazards, such as steep drop-offs, wildlife, or unstable terrain.
  5. Take breaks and pace yourself: It’s important to pace yourself and take regular intervals to avoid exhaustion. Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, and be mindful of the signs of heat stroke or hypothermia.
  6. Respect the wilderness: Leave no trace by packing out all trash, and be mindful of your impact on the natural environment.

By following these guidelines and being prepared, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable remote hiking experience.

picturesque thorsmork mountain ridge covered with moss and volcanic ash
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Five awesome hikes:

  1. The Kalalau Trail on Kauai, Hawaii: This 11-mile trail takes hikers through the lush, tropical landscape of the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. The trail offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the chance to spot a variety of rare plants and wildlife.
  2. The Pacific Crest Trail: This 2,650-mile trail stretches from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It offers a diverse range of landscapes, from desert to mountain, and takes approximately four to six months to complete.
  3. The Appalachian Trail: This 2,190-mile trail runs from Georgia to Maine and is known for its challenging terrain and beautiful vistas. Hikers can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including black bears and moose, as well as a diverse range of plant life.
  4. The John Muir Trail: This 211-mile trail runs through the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and is named after the famous naturalist and conservationist John Muir. The trail offers breathtaking views of some of the tallest peaks in the continental United States, including Mount Whitney.
  5. The Camino de Santiago: This 500-mile trail runs through the beautiful countryside of Spain and is popular with hikers and pilgrims alike. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to visit historic towns and villages and enjoy the region’s delicious food and wine.

Overall, these five trails offer some of the best remote hiking experiences in the world, with beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural histories. Depending upon whether you are looking for a short, week-long hike or a multi-month trek, there is a trail on this list that suits your needs.

Are You Working Your Gift

Class gets yourself a scratch pad and pen. No, seriously, get a paper and pen!

In the next few questions, I want you to write down the answers to the questions posed. The test is you all will pass.

Take time to answer the 3 questions. Then when you’ve responded to them add one more section to your answer, WHY?

  1. When the alarm clock goes off, are you excited?
  2. Do you love your job? 
  3. Does your life have meaning for YOU? 

The vast majority of us will answer, “hell no, I have when the alarm clock goes off.” Why?

You are NOT living your gift!

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God has something for each of us. A gift.

Everyone has something that wakes them up before the alarm goes off. You love your job because, to you, it’s not a job. If you are living God’s gift, absolutely life has meaning.

Life has no flavor, no scent for you to smell. You get up and go to some job, have an idiot for a boss, and life appears to be sleep, work, and repeat.

Are you ready to find God’s real purpose for your life?


  1. Find a place where you feel at peace. Lakeside, river, fountain, park, mountains, but find a spot where you can be at peace. 
  2. Begin to talk to God. Ask him for the wisdom and vision to see your life’s purpose. What gift that God wants you to share with the world. You may already have an idea. Embrace the thought, make it yours in your mind. 
  3. If needed, keep coming to this place until it comes to you. When God is ready for you to know, if you’re like me, he will hit you over the head with it, so you don’t miss. 
  4. When you have an idea. Write it down. As clearly and concisely as you are able. 

Be open-minded and, most importantly, have patience.

Big question:

How am I going to begin, this is where the “I don’t have ________.” will destroy your dream. 

If God can bring the Universe into existence, I am pretty sure he can bring your life’s purpose to fruition. Since he put it in your head, don’t you imagine he has a plan to finish?

You may have to pray, “God, I don’t see a way for this to ever occur. I leave this in your hands to guide my way.” Then stay in faith! Do the work no matter how small or insignificant you may think forward motion is. It’s still forward motion.

You can always find something to do that moves you one step closer to your dream.

One time in your life. Give yourself the gift of running all the way with God. You will get knocked down, run over, feel as though one more step will be your last (metaphorically speaking), yet you take one more step.

Stop now and go to God and let him know you are ready!

Questions or share your dream, I would love to hear:

Make It a Fun Day

Life is about choice. You can choose to be happy, sad, depressed, or you can want fun! Sounds a bit of a cliche, but ask yourself, “what if I choose to have fun today?”

Here are five quick fun things you can do today:

  1. Go bowling! Have you ever seen anyone not having fun bowling? For those of you that have never bowled, it’s just fun. 
  2. Get outside. Park, lake, mountains, river, just get out. Take a picnic, frisbee, get your pets outside. Tons of things to do outside free. Breathe fresh air!  
  3. Watch a comedy movie. A laugh out loud comedy. This will date me, but Author with Dudley Moore, one of the funniest movies ever! 
  4. Volunteer. Find an organization you can get your head around and go help. Senior home, dog rescue, food pantry, tons of places to help. 
  5. Find a fun hobby. Something that brings you pleasure. Internet searches, you can find thousands of choices. Pick one and go! 

That’s just five simple things. You can do whatever you choose just make sure it’s fun. Noting like a pleasant smile, laugh, and being with people together.

happy, fun, amazing

The biggest mistake in my life? Chasing a living instead of living a life!

Get out and do something right now today. No time limits, no pressure, just get outside of where you are now. No money, no worries, go to a local park shoot some baskets. Play on the children’s playground.

Point is don’t say next week, tomorrow, or whatever excuse your head can put out. Fun is the call of the day!

Don’t wait for your life to happen, go make it happen!

Landlocked for Now

Landlocked in West Texas putting our expedition together. We have some good news that our friends in Honduras have agreed to host us for a short time. We’re going to trek into the jungle and see if we can’t capture some film of Panthers.

Exciting news. This part of our journey will be a massive leap out of my comfort zone. I have to overcome fears, like, bugs, snakes, and other creepy crawlies. Yes, I scream like a girl when confronted with creepy crawlies.

Today is also the first day of my diet. Need to trim off a few pounds and get into real shape. I would not be able to trek through a jungle this out of the way. So it’s time! Being here in the desert will allow me to train in pretty hot conditions. Also going to make some time to trek through the desert to confront some of my fears.

We’re working on what we could study here in the desert before we head out to the mountains in Colorado. Thinking we may do a little work with Roadrunners. The other morning I opened my door in my RV and right there next to my truck was a Roadrunner. That has to be a sign, right?

roadrunner, bird, birding

Currently, I’m talking with a sailing instructor in Seatle that seems very good. He has circumnavigated the world several times. Part of what I need to learn is open water sailing. So I have been searching for the right teacher for a couple of months. I love Seatle to it will be fun if this works out.

This amazing photo below was taken by Oliver Sjöström 

Oliver is an amazing photographer please check out his work:

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That’s the update for our expedition documentary. The title of our documentary is still up in the air. We have a ways to go and may go through several working titles. We started the Life Research Project, so that is a possibility.

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