Hiking Essential – Repair/Survival Kit

I have both a “repair kit” and a survival kit. The repair kit I made on my own, and the items I generally just have them loosely in my bags mini pockets, or in my stuff sacs. Some of these items I was even able to pick up from the local dollar store.


The survival kit I purchased is made by Gerber. It’s actually from their Bear Grylls line. Now I’ve seen his show…and I never plan to do what he does, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. I got the ultimate kit which has probably more than I’ll ever need but I work at a company that sells hiking equipment so I’m able to purchase at a discount.


So She Got a Tattoo…

Spoiler alert – it’s actually my second …

This one I put a lot of thought into, and designed my self (with the help of 1001 free fonts). I know some will wonder why and maybe even be disappointed that I did it.

So Here’s the story:

I’ve been struggling with anxiety for my whole life. I’m not ashamed of it, but I don’t talk about it a lot either. I often have anxiety attacks where my mind takes over and I begin to shake uncontrollably. It’s scary, and not fun. Since the start of 2014 I’ve had more attacks than I’ve had probably in the last 5 years. There’s no explanation, they come when I least expect it, and I never really know what causes it because there’s a multitude of things and situations that I think about. Though I’ve had more so far this year than ever before, none have begun to compare to the worst ones I’ve had. That’s because I’ve started something new. I recite verses OUT LOUD that remind me that God is in control and I need to let Him take control in that moment.

My favorites to recite:
1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your cares upon him for he cares for you.
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in The Lord with all your heart.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.

My tattoo is on my arm when I can easily see it and says “Be Still.”

Psalm 46:10 – “Be Still and know that I Am God.”

Psalm 46:10 reminds me (literally) to BE STILL. To mentally tell my body to stop. To surrender whatever thoughts are running through my mind to Him because HE IS GOD! And nothing I am worried or anxious about can change that!


Hiking Essentials – Fire

I won’t lie, I’m a little scared of fire, it’s hot and burns. I hate those lighters you have to use your thumb for and I really hate matches. But in the wilderness a fire, or the means to make one can be very essential. I have 3 means.

One came in my survival kit (which you’ll hear about in the next Hiking Essentials post) a torch and waterproof matches.

Pocket Torch


UCO Match Kit


Carrie Diaries Inspired

I have a slight obsession with the show Carrie Diaries. And I’m even more obsessed with her purse in season one. So obsessed that there were several nights when I’m pretty sure there were some intense dreams about it. So I decided to take the inspiration and some nail polish and have a little fun of my own.

I really like the neons from Five Below.



After practicing with a piece of scrap paper, I chose my “surface” covered surrounding areas with newspaper and drizzled away.

So far I’ve done an ipad case, iphone case and a notebook cover.





Spier Dam/Grant Mountain (Moreau Lake State Park)

Date: May 26, 2013

Hiked With: Dad

Location: Moreau Lake State Park

Route/Trails: Spier Dam/Grant Mountain (look up the name of the mountain – Grant?)

Weather/Elements: rained a little, chilly on the summit

Trip Duration: 8.5 miles (took about 4.5 hours)

Altitudes, Elevations, Conditions, Etc: ascent 5279ft decent 5305 ft, average speed of 1.8mph

Settings/Terrain: steep in spots, rocky

Gear, Food & Beverage: used EverTrailPro App for iPhone (wastes a lot of battery), was the first trek with my Vaude 18+4 backpack.

Physically, Emotionally I Felt: tired and out of shape

Overall Rating Comment: 6 out of 10, long an fulfilling, kind of hard to see at lookout spots, some where over grown.

Hiking Essentials – First Aid

A first aid kit could potentially be the most important thing you bring along on a hike. I’m a fan of the Adventure Medical Kits.

I also add extra things into it, like ibuprofen and tylenol, an extra ace bandage and Benadryl (for my dad who’s crazy allergic to bee stings). Use your discretion as to what extras you add in.

Here’s a full list of whats included in the Adventure Medical Kit 1.0.

Bandage Materials
12 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3″
1 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 2″ x 4.5″
2 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
3 – Bandage, Butterfly Closure
2 – Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2″ x 2″, Pkg./2
2 – Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 3″ x 3″, Pkg./2
Blister / Burn
1 – Moleskin, 3″ x 4″
Fracture / Sprain
1 – Bandage, Elastic with Clips, 2″
1 – Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
2 – Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2
2 – After Bite Wipe
2 – Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
1 – Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
2 – Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
Survival Tools
1 – Compass, Button, Liquid Filled
1 – Mini Rescue Howler Whistle
Wound Care
10 – Antiseptic Wipe
1 – Tape, 1/2″ x 10 Yards
2 – Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

Bug Lake & Black Bear Mountain – Inlet, NY

Route/Trails: Bug Lake (2.0 miles) & Black Bear Mountain (3.0 miles)


Weather/Elements: Sunny and beautiful

Trip Duration: About 9 miles total, left after lunch with the intention of just hiking to Bug Lake. Arrived back to camp at around 6PM

Altitudes, Elevations, Conditions, Etc.: At least 2400 feet. We are not entirely sure we made it to the summit. Skies were clear, several high peaks in view!

Sightings: Met 3 men hiking in flip flops carrying their beer (I don’t recommend hiking while drinking…) and we encountered a black bear on the trail!

Gear, Food & Beverage: Vaude 18+4 pack, Went treking pole-less this time. First trek with the Klean Kantees (highly recommended)

Overall Rating/Comments: at least a 7



Adirondack Interpretive Center – Sucker Brook Trail (Newcomb, NY)

Route/Trails: Sucker Brook Trail 1.0 Miles (rated moderate)

Weather/Elements: Partly cloudy, mildly humid

Altitudes, Elevations, Conditions, Etc.: Flat, with a few small inclines/descents

Sightings: Rick Lake, Sucker Brook, Belden Lake, several downed trees, heard frogs but never saw them, attacked by mosquitos and little flies

Gear, Food & Beverage: Just my camera :)

Overall Rating/Comments: 4 of 10, lovely sights, but humidity and bugs were a nuisance.

Again with the missing pictures. Blog fail…