With over 12,000 miles logged as a backpacker on six continents and a background as a professional musician and classical music host, Alison Young offers a unique perspective with engaging programs that connect us with the natural world and ultimately help us grapple with life’s challenges.

Insights include a deep dive into intentional quitting, managing loss and regret, spiritual renewal and a search for lasting joy, regaining activity after two total hip replacements and the benefits of walking.

yes regrets

Regrets are not something to avoid, because they can spur us to live more fully – especially on trail.

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Sending out an SOS

I wrote this for ‘The Trek’ about lessons learned from my evacuation off the CDT. Here’s a first look!

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Two Bear Air Rescue sent me a reminder that every day is a gift and to never take it for granted.

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