- "Haha" - These little, inconsequential mistakes are laughable soon after you realize you've made them. They cause minimal short-term harm, if any, and no long-term harm.
- "Uh Oh" - You might not be happy about these kinds of mistakes, but you'll survive, and after you've recovered from any minor bodily harm or embarrassment, they make great stories.
- "Oh Sh*t" - This self-explanatory category is one I hope I never find myself in.
Mistakes in the backcountry, or anywhere outdoors - we’ve all made them. Whether it's bringing lip balm without SPF, packing the wrong kind of sleeping bag, or something truly dire, we can all learn from the mistakes we've made and the mistakes others have made. From my experience, mistakes in the outdoors fall into or in between three categories:
|Amy and her daughter in a packraft. (Courtesy of Amy Hatch.)|
That day was just one example of how Amy balances motherhood, marriage, and a passion for a variety of outdoor sports all while running, as of today, two businesses. I'm excited to host a guest post from her about all of those things, and to announce the launch of Garage Grown Gear!
|Snowshoeing in the Tetons. (Photo by wmrjr.com)|
The Columbia Sportswear Women's Millennium Flash Jacket was a key piece of my layering system on a variety of adventures this winter. I didn't expect to fall so hard for what looked like just another shell jacket when I pulled it out of a box Columbia sent me prior to the #OmniGames, but man, I fell.
After trying on the Millenium Flash, aside from the blindingly bright "Red Hibiscus" colored waterproof fabric, I realized it's decidedly not just another shell. It's easily one of the mot versatile pieces of apparel I've tried. I wore it snowshoeing in the Tetons, cross country skiing in Yellowstone, dogsledding in Utah, and alpine skiing in Pennsylvania for testing, and (spoiler alert) it passed with flying colors.
|Sanctuary River, Denali National Park.|
|Catching an angelic glow on one of our runs on the first day.|
I'm still in search of balance between all of the things that matter to me. I've learned a lot in the past year and also find myself wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day. I'd spend those extra hours succeeding professionally, with all of the people who matter to me, doing the activities I love, and recovering from all of it with a solid nine hours of sleep.