Author Archives: Kym Zest

Years in the Making (AKA Sara’s Bigfoot 43 Race Report) – by Sara S.

Introduction by Coach Kym This is a beautiful epic story of a single race by a self described “mediocre” runner. You might be inclined to think “why do I care about a middle of the pack runner?” Don’t we usually … Continue reading

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No Strippers, Yes Climbing (AKA Epilogue to our Wind River Adventure)

Previously: Adventures Delayed (AKA Prologue to Wind River Adventure) and Fun Layers (AKA Wind River Adventure in Three Parts) Fourteen days for our pre-parenting adventure. Some people call it a babymoon. But that makes me think of lounging on beaches … Continue reading

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Fun Layers (AKA Wind River Adventure in Three Parts)

Previously… Adventures Delayed AKA the prologue to this story or AKA how I ended up backpacking 52 miles while pregnant. August 2021 – 21 weeks pregnant. McDonalds breakfast in hand and starting the two day, 15 hour drive to Lander … Continue reading

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Adventures Delayed (AKA Prologue to Wind River Adventure)

Years of anticipation.  So many desired and delayed adventures. Then it all seemed to happen all at once.  2008 Kym dating Will, “Kids some day? Yes?”  “Yes. Someday.”  “Good. Someday.”  Then for many years we embarked on wonderful adventures… our BWCA … Continue reading

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Pick One: Fast, Easy, or Cheap – backpacking edition

Originally written for all types of goals on my blog in January 2021 and then updated and republished for Garage Grown Gear Want a recipe for disaster?  “I’ve never slept in a tent before but I’m going to get a … Continue reading

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This is Fun?!? 6 Tips For Taking A Loved One Backpacking (or any outdoor adventure)

Originally written for and published by Garage Grown Gear “Never again!” Is not the response you’re hoping for when you take your spouse or kid or BFF backpacking. You love this shit. You want to share the magical beauty and … Continue reading

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Planning the Big Picture so You Can Have Fun and Not Die

I think we can all agree that a successful adventure does not include helicopters and body bags. Preferably, no hospital involvement either. So how do you avoid that disaster scenario? Even better, how do you have a trip that isn’t … Continue reading

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Breaking News! New Type 2 Fun Adventure!

I have nothing against Type 1 Fun. I love naps, watching Pixar movies, or beers with friends. I’m writing this in bed with Pigeon curled up in my lap.  Type 2 fun is where it’s at. Will and I are … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Hurt – Six Ways to Prepare Your Body For Adventure

Check out the article I wrote for Garage Grown Gear! What can you do to prepare your body for adventure?  1️⃣ Build Gradually – Do something, but less is better than too much.  2️⃣ Train Specifically –  Do or mimic the … Continue reading

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Stick Bathing

Part one of our 2021 winter adventure starts with Not Hot. I may be biased, but I highly recommend it. An entirely different experience from traveling on the ice, was our regular stick baths. If Japanese forest bathing is like … Continue reading

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