As of June 17, 2011, I plan to hike.

Perhaps I’m being too vague. A plan without details is like a cracked vase. Before you know it the ground is covered with water and your precious flowers have withered away. Let me try to elaborate.

Over the course of a year, I intend to complete 300 hikes. I currently frequent a location by the name of Spencer Butte, and will make this the central location of my effort. By keeping this blog, I hope to inspire a sense of dedication that I have in the past lacked. Though I attempt to climb Spencer Butte daily, it’s difficult to maintain without feeling accountable to someone or something.

In order to make this as fair as possible, I feel it’s necessary to specify several guidelines which will allow me to accurately record my excursions.

  1. Each day of a backpacking trip counts for one hike, assuming there is hiking involved. For instance, if I hike into a campsite on a Friday and hike out on a Saturday, two hikes will be recorded. Camping at a sight which requires little or no hiking to reach will not be counted.
  2. Completing a hike twice will be considered two hikes. If I’m unable to hike Spencer Butte for a day, but am able to reach the summit twice the following day, two hikes have taken place.
  3. A walk downtown will not be considered a hike. A stroll through the graveyard is not a hike.

Don’t like the rules? Too bad. Myblogmyrules.

In beginning this blog, I’m assuming that there will be those interested in my undertaking. Though I hope this is true, it’s a self-absorbed assumption, and one that I expect to be swiftly dispelled. More importantly, if someone actually finds the patience and interest necessary for wading through my egotistic writings and amateur photos, I want there to be a transfer of interest. Don’t simply sift through the pictures and continue on your way. Instead, make a goal. Find a hike. Let me be a catalyst for your aspirations. One can only experience so much through the lens of another. Feel free to peak through my eyes, but go forth, explore the world, touch the trees and rocks! You’ll be glad you did.

On a side note, if you read about any trails that interest you, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to provide you with the information necessary for reaching the specified area. I’ll be sure to mention the name of each new area I visit, but the writings will be more concerned with my experience than with guiding any who happen to stumble through my site.

Thank you for visiting!


24 Responses to “About”

  1. starbear said

    My ferns salute yours!
    Are your familiar with the North Country Trail? Might want to try it next year – it’s a hike through 7 states… North Dakota to N.Y.
    Part runs through my backyard on Lake Superior Shoreline.

    Good luck on your adventure.

    • 300hikes said

      That sounds like a wonderful hike. I’m unfortunately on the other side of the country, but if the opportunity presents itself I may find myself trekking through your territory.

  2. Wherever you are looks beautiful! I like walking and taking pictures of green things too. Thanks for visiting my blog so I could find yours. I love your photography it’s so atmospheric.

  3. Originally I had time to only look at the latest blog entry on the home page, but the photography and the idea of documenting the hiking goal stuck in my mind and I returned to read more. The visual images are excellent – do stick with the “first person” perspective on the photos as they do a great job accompanying the reflective writing (which, by the way, nice writing also).

    • 300hikes said

      I’m thrilled to hear you returned. I do enjoy the immediacy of the photos, though writing is what I really like. I hope you continue to follow along!

  4. i love the idea behind your blog. why 300? what will you do on the other 65 days? or will you hike twice a day, at times? beautiful photos, too. thank you, also, for visiting my blog!

  5. Rad blog! Just had a read and I’m hooked. Great concept. I often hike and hunt, and this time of year in winter it’s mostly dark after 6pm, but the hills take on a special vibe. Something people don’t understand unless they get out there themselves.

    I’ll be back!

  6. Stephanie said

    this is such a great goal! i hope you find much adventure and thrill throughout of the course of your 300 hikes 🙂

  7. Hello, thanks for commenting on my blackberry picking blog. I love your pictures! I hate to say this but I’m really no hiker but your pictures are amazing! If you can convince me I can find more free food at the tops of mountains, I might give it a go one day, hehehe

  8. Janet said

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog a while back. I lost my internet service two weeks ago when my house burned. However, here it is two weeks later, and now that I am back; I wanted to make your blog one of the first I visted. I love your photography. Your shots are beautiful. I’m going to subscribe to your blog, hoping to enjoy your adventure right along with you.
    Be happy, and be safe!

    • 300hikes said

      I always appreciate comments, but it is a real joy to hear that someone has returned for a second, (or third or fourth,) look. I’m sorry to hear about your house. I hope all is well.

  9. cindydyer said

    Love your blog and love the whole 300-hikes idea! I’ll accompany you from the comfort of my studio! 😉 Thanks for visiting my garden blog (

    If you’re interested, my main blog (which includes all the gardening stuff) is

    Happy trails to you!

    • 300hikes said

      I’m always happy to carry along another blogger. You’ll fit nicely in my pack beside the others. Thank you for the link! I’m always glad to find an enjoyable read.

  10. winderjssc said

    Lovely text and beautiful pictures. I like this very much.

  11. May I subscribe to your blog? . . and how, do I do that? I’d love to jump over there and take a hike with you; and versa visa! Keep On Leathertramping!

    • 300hikes said

      I would be thrilled to have you subscribe! If you scroll to the bottom of the page, there ought to be a “Sign Me Up!” button.

      By the way, I love your blog. I’ve always wanted to forage, but really have no knowledge on how to do so. The self-sufficiency and simplicity of it make it an appealing practice. I’d really like to take a sort of edible plants of Oregon course, but have so far been unable to find one. Any suggestions?

  12. beautiful photos with unique perspective. Love the narrative

  13. theodevos said

    Congrats on the great idea. I’ll raise a glass to persistence. I especially like the idea that you can do three hikes in one day to assuage the guilt of having to work between walks in the woods! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I’ll try to pop by once in a while to check on progress. All the best!

  14. GIO RSF said

    great blog….. beautiful pictures indeed

  15. detrie said

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I surely find yours filled with inspiration and gorgeous pictures. I really like your writing style.

  16. kenozoic said

    I like it! Your ambitions are much more lofty than mine. I did seven hikes last fall and hope to beat that number this year. I appreciate your stopping by my new blog (more than just hikes), and will definitely check in on your progress as you tackle the 300.

  17. pixilated2 said

    You inspire me to get back on the trail, though I will have to find new trails. My old haunts are almost 3,000 miles away.

    I find your writing prosaic and your photos enchanting! ~ Lynda

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