“SO… HOW WAS YOUR TRIP TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?”

It’s the sentence I’ve been hearing over and over again from friends, family and co-workers: “So… How was your trip to Everest Base Camp??” Of course I’m not surprised that they’re asking me this, but every time I would hear it the first few weeks after being back home, I would tend to draw a…

6 UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HIKER IN YOUR LIFE

Alright, so maybe we’re a challenging type of person to shop for around the holidays. We’ll be the first to admit it. We know what we like to wear on the trails, have broken in multiple pairs of our go-to hiking boots, can be picky with food, have mastered the art of fitting everything perfectly…

WELLESLEY ISLAND STATE PARK, NY

Location: Jefferson County, NY Starting Point: Wellesley Island Nature Centre Route we took: Eel Bay Trail to Narrows Trail to South Bay Trail to East Trail to North Field Loop Total Distance: 7 km Time: 1.5 hours Level of Difficulty: Super easy, hardly any elevation Vicky CastledineVicky is a Content Marketing Manager from Monday to…

MY STRUGGLE WITH ATHLETE’S IMPOSTERS’ SYNDROME

Athlete’s imposters’ syndrome. This is something I had struggled with a lot growing up. I was a runner, an Irish dancer, a downhill skier, a basketball player, a touch football player… Yet, whatever sport I was playing, these thoughts would always creep up on me: “She’s better than I am.” “I have lots of practice…

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR THE HIPPY HIKER

I’d like to preface this post by saying that as an outdoorsy girl (click here if you are too – I friggin’ LOVED this post), I have learned in my 27 years on earth that NOTHING works quite like Deet. Nothing. Yes, it’s flammable, toxic and will probably make you sick but if you want…

5 THINGS MOUNT WASHINGTON TAUGHT ME

A week has gone by since we climbed Mount Washington and it’s given me a little time to reflect (and to be perfectly honest, finally write). It’s Sunday afternoon, approximately 10,000 degrees out so why not use this time to plunk by butt down by my window A/C, listen to Lorde’s new album on repeat…

TOP 5 HIKING SOCKS

So there’s absolutely nothing fab about socks, no matter how I work my way through this. But my hope here is that I write this post and maybe someday someone is researching hiking socks, Googles “Best socks for hiking” and stumbles across our blog. One can hope, right?   These are the socks I swear…

COMING HOME FROM KILLY IS HORRIBLE AND WONDERFUL

Coming home from a trip is always hard. Getting back into your normal routine, having the same conversations about the same topics that didn’t seem to change while you were away with the same people. Before your trip you didn’t notice it at all but something happened while you were away. Maybe a shift? Maybe…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: ON CTV MORNING LIVE

Check us out on CTV Morning Live! We’re officially t-minus 3 days away from our adventure of a lifetime. Here we chat with Lianne Laing and our co-leader, Jason, about our fundraising efforts, training and how we’re feeling being just days away from Killy! Click here for the video!   Vicky CastledineVicky is a Content…

OUR BIG OL’ LIST OF KILLY FEARS

Alright, so we were told in preparation for this adventure that worrying/ overthinking/ an anxious mind would most likely only make things worse. Getting worked up about altitude sickness will probably just end up backfiring. So the title of this blog entry may alarm our hike leaders but let me tell you right now that…