Training Wheels Off

Dear Matthew…Well Future Matthew,

Hopefully the hike brings clarity to what I want from life whether that’s adventure, or a family, or more schooling. Regardless, I hope to spend this next year as happy as possible figuring out who I am. Time to take the training wheels off!

Good luck!

-Current Matthew (July 2016)

It’s The Journey

At no time or place in recorded history did so many people voluntarily subject themselves to so much agony and misery and death and glory than those twenty to thirty thousand who crossed the Chilkoot Pass on their way to the Klondike Gold Fields in 1897-’98.Completing the trail and pass with my friend Jim Reid.

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

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Bring the Bucket

Always remember to bring the bucket.



Climbing up the rocky face of the pass – hand over foot, moments where the weight of my pack almost pulls me back down – then reaching the summit, where the sweeping vista suddenly opens up to display sun – dotted peak and glinting lakes. Magic. And our own willpower and strong bodies got us here. What a gift!

You’ll Be There With Me

Wherever I go, you’ll be there with me.

Best Girl Scout Trip Ever

I can only see about 50 yards in this fog, but I imagine it’s beautiful!

Best Girl Scout Trip Ever!

Der Goldgräber-Spirit

Yo Buddy! Heute bist du vor genau einem Jahr den Chilkoot hochgedüst, remember? Nebelig wars und trotzdem schön. Der Goldgräber-Spirit war hautnah spürbar. Generell habt ihr eide, Luci und du, festgestellt, dass ihr echt viel geschafft und erlebt habt bisher in Kanada-Chapeau! In 8 Wochen gehts retour: schade aber auch schön. Wie gefällt dir Passau? Alles gut und nen schönen Sommer.


Two Family, Two Friend Adventure

This was the culmination of a 2 family and 2 friends adventure. We drove through beautiful BC to the Yukon and down to Skagway. The White Pass was so beautiful it brought tears down to my eyes. The Chilkoot Trail has been an amazing journey so far? Mud, rain, and slippery rocks, but also yummy rehydrated meals and 35 jelly beans per person per day!! The kids played “guess who made that noise.” They hooted and hollered to keep the beans away. Everyone is happy to be at the top of the pass. Yeah, Canada!

Laughs, Sweats, and Smiles

Hi future me!

It’s Thursday August 18, 2016 and we’re (Keenan and parents) at the summit. 4 hours (ish) to get up…following Keenan’s farts the whole way up…phew stinky! But future me, do remember the fun trip (#9) with laughs, sweat and smiles 🙂 On to happy camp! Hi ho!

Mushroom Colony

I will remember the colony of mushrooms of all shapes and sizes I passed by along the way.

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