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Backpacking Recovery w/ Svea Irving

Backpacking Recovery w/ Svea Irving

Skiing, like other action sports, can often lead to serious injuries and setbacks. At the tail end of 2019 she took a serious crash in the halfpipe tearing her ACL and sidelining her for almost an entire year. During that down time she was able to find new activities to both assist her rehab and expand her outdoor knowledge. Read on to hear her story of the first adventure into the wilderness.
Saga spring '21 svea irving backpacking
Ever since my ACL surgery in December of 2019, I was left with an entire summer of knee rehabilitation and low impact activities only. Normally I would be spending my summers traveling to go ski halfpipe or downhill biking, neither of those being very “low impact”. So, instead I found myself really enjoying hiking, which further down the line lead to enjoying backpacking. I spent a large amount of summer 2020 hiking and researching in order to find the right gear for a backpacking trip and watching numerous YouTube videos of women heading out on month long trips. This summer, I was finally able to find some time do a trip that I have been planning for so long, right in my backyard. 
Saga spring '21 svea irving backpacking
On the 4th of July Weekend a friend of mine, Bethanne Droll, and I set out for a 3 day backpacking trip. We drove only 40 minutes to the trailhead. This being my first legitimate trip, we had quite a few things to figure out. We ended up having to hike extra miles to find water sources and then immediately leaving those rivers or lakes to escape the swarms of bugs that surrounded us. Most of the trails we were on were covered in fallen trees from a micro burst we had last summer. Crawling in between and under hundreds of trees added an extra hour or hour and a half to our adventure. We ended up hiking a total of three days and spending only two nights. All in all, we hiked around 17 miles total and 3,000 ft in elevation gain.
Saga spring '21 svea irving backpacking
Although our trip was quite short, it felt like a step in the right direction to one day hopefully hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. 
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