Articles by: Alyssa Erickson

The Golden Hike

The Golden Hike

That was how our golden hike began. Tired. Emotional. Frenzied. And towing along three no-so-excited kids who were much more interested in having a movie night with a babysitter than being dragged on some adventure with their parents.

by January 1, 2014 0 comments Fireside
Flash Floods at Crestone Peak

Flash Floods at Crestone Peak

It was an awesome scramble, probably one of my favorites and before we knew it we were topping out on Crestone Peak, wind rushing over the lichen spotted rocks near the summit. The vertigo was intense. It was only 8 am.

by September 2, 2013 0 comments Fireside
Gearing Up for Backpacking with Young Kids

Gearing Up for Backpacking with Young Kids

When you have three kids, buying them all expensive synthetic clothing is out of the question. Sure, I’d love for them to all be walking the trail with merino on their backs and zip-off pants. However, the cost mixed with the fact that they will grow out of it in less than a year, makes it impractical.

by August 12, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
What’s In Your Day Bag – Alyssa Erickson?

What’s In Your Day Bag – Alyssa Erickson?

You’re not always hiking and backpacking, as much as you wish you were. What’s in the bag – your day bag – the one that gets you from home to work to the trail, or from kids to soccer to weekend getaway, that makes it easy to move from here to there. This begins a series from some SBM contributors that answers that question. So what’s in your day bag?

by June 24, 2013 0 comments Gear
Training to Hike a Fourteener

Training to Hike a Fourteener

You can never start too soon. You can start too late. I would suggest starting training for a moderate backpacking or fourteener event no less than two months before the trip. Obviously this will vary greatly depending on the length and difficulty of the trip, and your overall fitness level.

by March 21, 2013 0 comments Skills
The Mental Game of Getting to the Summit

The Mental Game of Getting to the Summit

We’ve all heard about the power of positive thinking. If you say things like, “I can’t do it” or “I’m not going to make it,” well, then you’ll do what you say. But getting to the finish is a little more than just being positive. It is being purposeful. Purposeful with every foot step. Every water break. And every thought.

by January 30, 2013 0 comments Skills
Women Only Backpacking Trips

Women Only Backpacking Trips

“Will you come? You should come!”Those were the words of my good friend concerning a rapidly approaching all-women’s backpacking trip that she was planning. I was nervous. I was uncertain. And so…I was silent.

by November 21, 2012 0 comments Community, Skills