WHITEFACE + ESTHER

Location: Wilmington, NY, USA Starting Point: Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Elevation:  Whiteface 4,865ft (#5 on High Peaks List) Esther 4,239ft (#28) Ascent: 3,975ft Route We Took: Starting at Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Total Distance: 16km (10 miles) Time: 7.5 hours (with breaks) Level of Difficulty: Moderate Whiteface and Esther are #6 and #7 on my list of…

ALTITUDE: BECOMING AN IDIOT ONE STEP AT A TIME

Oh, the joys of living 230 ft above sea level. Breathing is quite easy for most of us in Ottawa. I never realized I took advantage of oxygen until a simple task like rolling over in my sleeping bag took my breath away. To give you perspective, the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro is over 19,000…

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF HIKING KILIMANJARO

It has been exactly one week since the Dream Mountains team took our last steps off the beast that is Mount Kilimanjaro.  It’s only been 2 days since the majority of us got back to Canada.  To be honest it hasn’t been the easiest weekend adjusting back to Ottawa life (I’ve woken up twice not knowing…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: GEAR WE LOVE

One of the biggest stresses (for me) has been packing/ having the correct gear to get my ass up Kilimanjaro. As a regular hiker, you would think I would have all the right equipment. Wrong. Hiking the Gatineau Hills or a day-hike up a mountain in the Rockies is a tad different than an 8-day…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: TRAINING

We have just under two months before leaving to hike Kilimanjaro – meaning it’s time to step up our training game. As HikeAddicts, we like to hike as much as humanly possible, but we love to cross train and enjoy other activities and sports. When I found out I was doing this hike back in…

CRYSTAL HEALING

I’m the kind of person who can easily get overwhelmed by my racing brain. It’s how I’ve always been and I’ve come to terms that it’s okay because as I’ve grown, I’ve taught myself different ways to be able to take a step back, quiet my mind and calm the F down… Or attempt to…

WHY HIKING IS AWESOME

Here are just a few reasons why hiking may be for you… A Great Workout Some people assume hiking is just a nice leisurely walk through nature (which it can be), but we like our hikes to be calorie-burning kickass workouts.  Steep trails are mother nature’s stair master, with a much better view.  On average…

MOUNT MARCY

Location: Lake Placid, NY, USA Starting Point: Adirondack Loj, Lake Placid Elevation: 5,344ft (#1 Highest Peak) Ascent: 3,166ft Route we took:  Start from the Log parking you with go by Marcy Dam, along Phelps Brook, up to Indian Falls to summit. Return. Total Distance: 24 km Time: 8 hours Level of Difficulty: Tough long day   Mount Marcy is a…