My first multi-day backpacking trip was 3 years ago in Patagonia. I’d previously thought I could never do that - climb steep mountain passes with all that weight on my back. It seemed nuts to me. If you’d told me back then that I’d be bringing a group of women out to be equally nuts with me I would have been stunned. For many of the girls who joined the #bmtmadventures backpacking Alaska trip, it was their first time backpacking, and they chose to do it off trial in Alaska! Swipe to see some of the awesome ladies from the trip (I miss you girls)! 💜 I have so much respect for their courage, and I’m so grateful that it was such a fun trip with a group that never complained, laughed often, and found joy in every aspect of living in the outdoors. I hope if you’ve thought about backpacking and have been scared to do it, this gives you that little extra push today.
Day two of an amazing week hiking in the backcountry with 12 adventurous women, carrying 40 lb packs and covering nearly 60 miles completely off trail, navigating with a map and compass. I couldn’t have asked for a better crew on this #bmtmadventures week in Alaska. You know it’s perfect when your abs hurt from laughing as much as your legs do from climbing! Watch my IGTV story to see the magic! (📸: @lmurchie)
One of my favorite sights in Patagonia, if not the world. There are 3 spots left for my hiking and photography trip in March! If you’re into hiking in gorgeous scenery with an amazing group of women, I’d love to see you there! Click the link in my bio for more info!
Smiling from ear to ear on the last day of the first week of the #bmtmadventures women’s Alaska tour. Now that I’ve led four weeks of these tours with four different groups, I can confidently say that the coolest, most interesting, most easygoing people ever sign up to do these. Everyone was so open to the adventures like whitewater rafting, glacier trekking, and hiking. It was such an honor to get to do this again. Thanks to all of the amazing souls who came to the last frontier with me.
Over the past few days the news out of Lombok has been heartbreaking. Earthquake after earthquake is rocking this beautiful island full of beautiful people. I wanted to help but didn’t know how. My girls @mylifesatravelmovie and @glographics are on the ground in Bali and are fundraising to help those in need on Lombok. If you feel called to contribute, hit the link in my bio. Even just a few dollars helps!
“Every piece of Alaska sang to me. I remembered every curve in the trails, every tree in the forest. It was familiar to me, comfortable. The more I thought about leaving it, the less I liked the idea." - Summer Lane
Perched high above Machu Picchu, wearing the ‘community poncho’ (which I bought from a local Quechua woman in the market and we all used for our photos!) from last year’s Peru tour. It was so much fun I couldn’t wait to return, so we’re doing it again this year! If you missed it last year, now’s your chance to come with us on this coed tour. Click the link in the bio to learn more! Because there’s SO MUCH more!
These are the towers that made the park famous, on arguably the most impressive trek in Patagonia. This is on day 8 of the hike because I believe in saving the best for last! We’ve got fewer than half of the spots left on the women’s tour here in March, plus penguins, horses, and glaciers. Hit the link in the bio to join!
Lakes, glaciers, dramatic mountains, grizzly bear paw prints, and more wild blueberries than I could eat - this is how I will always think of Alaska. This is from day four of an 8-day hike in the backcountry from last summer, and now I’m exploring the Talkeetnas on another 8-day backpacking adventure! While Denali is the most popular and most famous park in Alaska, this state is huge and there's so much more to see. The best part is you don't have to take a cruise, you can drive! We got here via Anchorage with @alamorentacar #alamodrivehappy#ad
Bringing a whole new meaning to #nofilter when you're drinking the purest water on Earth. Each time I drink glacial water I feel the need to announce, 'this water is like 10,000 years old!' because I can't get over how cool that is! This is the Root glacier - one of dozens of glaciers I saw during last year's adventure in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. This is an easy one that you can access from town without needing to fly in or hike for multiple days. We got here via Anchorage with @alamorentacar #alamodrivehappy#ad