Clare's Adventure Biography
I’m an adventurer born and raised in Utah, who has always enjoyed experiencing the outdoors. I remember having magical weekends with my family hiking and camping in load and the forests of norther Utah. I’ve always enjoyed hiking for the exercise, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really found solace in the spiritual aspect of nature and climbing peaks. Now I find myself striving to climb to new places and new experiences because of the way it makes me feel when I’m howling on top of a peak.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Hiker, backpacker, runner
I recently got back from the trip of a lifetime. I explored the South Island at the end of September for 12 days, 5 of which I spent in the backcountry of Fiordland National Park. It was crazy because you are pretty much the closest point to the South Pole on earth. I had never been to the Southern Hemisphere and immediately fell in love. The culture is so different from America, and the community I met there will stay my friends, no doubt. People from all over the world, just coming together simply because we all share a passion for the same thing, earth.
I went in April of last year, and though I had been multiple times before, this time was different. I put a list together of some amazing hikes and scenery that had been on my bucket list for a while, and I actually completed most of them. Most epic part? Waking up at 3 am to meet a kind and genuine girl (who I had virtually met on Instagram earlier) at the trailhead to the Stairway to Heaven to hike this sketchy scene with jaw dropping beauty for sunrise. Unforgettable!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s the Utah desert. There really isn’t anywhere else in the world like it. I recently visited canyonlands specifically because I was freely restless and irritable in the city and tired of my daily work routine. So I hopped in my car and drove to Moab, about 4 hours away. I was alone, but I felt like I needed it to clear my head, even if it was only for one day. I camped in a designated camping area, and the next day set out to find some epic spots. I had to go digging, but I pulled over on the side of the road on what looked like a boring scenery and just started walking. I didn’t really care if I found anything, I just needed to get away. And pretty soon I found some epic cliff views dropping hundreds of feet to the bottom of a spectacular valley. Best part: there wasn’t another soul around me. I managed to find solace all because something told me to get out of my car.
I just got back from New Zealand so I’m not brainstorming my next big thing QUITE yet. But the great thing about living in Utah is I can decide I want to go somewhere awesome in the morning, and be there by dusk. Oregon and Washington are definitely in the works so stay tuned!
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Clare's meal preparation hacks
I like to play it by ear whether or not I eat the breakfast meals hot or cold. This is why I love the granola meal! I absolutely love making tacos using the Cuban coconut rice and black bean meal. I bring street taco sized tortillas, avocado and dehydrated salsa with me and make tacos for MANY MANY meals. You can’t ever have too many tacos!