Trekking the Timberline Trail in 2 Days

Photos by Jonathan Spears

Photos by Jonathan Spears

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.
— Georgia O'Keeffe

By Shelby Spears

I read this quote a few days before heading out on a most epic, challenging and fun adventure around Mt. Hood. I was extremely nervous leading up to the fast packing journey around the mountain with Jonathan, Sara and her finacee Andy (whose 30th birthday was the impetus for this wild excursion). Our goal was to do the over 40 miles around the mountain in just two days. Most people take three or four. 

This quote stuck with me leading up to and during our adventure. It reminded me that, yes, I might be terrified the entire time as we scrambled up steep rock slides and jumped over raging rivers, but it would all be worth it.

Often times facing our fears and getting outside our comfort zones yield the most rewarding experiences. If you have butterflies in your stomach, it probably means you're about to do something worthwhile. And this was. 

But the journey is best told through the amazing photographs. They still don't do the beauty of the mountain justice, but we'll try.