In 2016, I set off to backpack through 15-20 of America's National Parks. That summer, I learned everything from wilderness first aid to kayaking, and I fell in love with America's wilderness. To read more about the project, click here.
The experience I had in Arches National Park made me realize this: that I’m happier when I’m interacting with a natural environment than I am when I’m doing anything else. That’s a profound thing, really – to know what makes you happy.
And I was down. I was passed out in a boulder field on one of the tallest mountains in one of the most remote places in Rocky Mountain National Park. Short of a search and rescue team combing the mountain, there was no shot of me receiving any sort of outside help.