Backpacking Yosemite

Shortly after we moved to California for Justin to attend medical school, we found ourselves on the cusp of a highly coveted long weekend with no plans. As we sat on the bed discussing what a crime it would be to waste the weekend without having any adventure, a plan began to emerge. We would go to Yosemite to backpack. That night. It was already evening and the drive would be six hours so there was no time to hesitate.

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Mad Dash up Mt. San Gorgonio

When one of my co-workers mentioned he and his girlfriend were going to climb Mt. San Gorgonio and asked if I was interested, I was all in. After living for a year in Southern California, Justin and I still hadn't really adventured into the San Bernardino Mountains, preferring instead to head up to Northern California. But we could see San Gorgonio from our main street for crying out loud, so were keen to finally go and check it out.

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Malawi: Climbing Mt. Mulanje

In December of 2012 Justin and I headed to Africa to visit his family. At the time, they were working in Malawi, a small country that consistently ranks in the ten poorest nations in Africa. In wonderful juxtaposition to that is the fact that it is commonly known as the "Warm Heart of Africa" with regard to its welcoming atmosphere. When we arrived we learned that they had made arrangements for us to climb Mt. Mulanje, a massif east of Blantyre rising to nearly 10,000 ft from the tea field laden valley floor. Needless to say, we were thrilled.

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