Friday, September 20 2019

Courtney took a step and immediately went into a slide. Time went into slow motion. My left hand still had a strong purchase on the rock and my right hand gripped the trekking pole that she was hanging on to. As her full weight started to load the system, she swung underneath me. The inertia was far greater than I was expecting…

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Bryan Feller

Epic Adventures Go Big Go Far

Ever since hiking the John Muir Trail last year, I’d been thinking about getting back out there. But I didn’t want to just do the John Muir Trail again. Then I ran across something called the Big SEKI (Sequoia-Kings Canyon) Loop. There are a number of versions of this loop, the largest one being about 150 miles. I decided on the 85-mile version. I did this one solo and I had a blast.

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My intention was to acclimatize as quickly as possible so I could summit Cotopaxi, then rest a number of days before I climbed Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador. My friend Tom Smith told me I was crazy, and as I would find out later, he was right. My trip started after a redeye flight into Quito, Ecuador.

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Hiking rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic wilderness adventures in the United States. The hikeĀ is 23.5 miles long, loses ~5,700′ and gains ~4,400′ of elevation. The beauty of this place will blow your mind, but it doesn’t come easily. I picked Manny up at 4 A.M…

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