Why I started Roots + Peaks. Or how I used a new kind of pain to overcome an old kind of pain. In other words, how hiking healed my chronic pain from a torn Achilles tendon injury.
About two years ago I decided to kick my CHRONIC PAIN to the curb, and hiking helped me do that. With this channel, I hope to help others motivate themselves to get outside and find happiness, no matter what shape they are in.
This is a new channel. If you have any constructive feedback for how I can make my videos more helpful for you, in your outdoor/mind-fullness journey, please let me know in the comments.
00:00 – Intro
00:35 – Tragedy Strikes – My Injury and onset of chronic pain
01:31 – What chronic pain did to me
01:43 – What I did about it
02:35 – A family affair
02:47 – The point of this channel
03:11 – Future content key
03:46 – Don’t end up like this nerd!
AS OF THE FILMING OF THIS VIDEO I am 40/48 of the NH 4,000 footers. ( http://4000footers.com/nh.shtml )
Affiliate links for gear I use and trust…
All Trails is a good site/app to help you plan your adventure: https://www.alltrails.com
(Bring a paper map and compass as a backup, always)
Compass – Whistle ( https://amzn.to/3Bx3dPk )
Get two of these and drink as much water as you can stomach…You’ll thank me at the end of the hike: Nalgene 32oz ( https://amzn.to/3xAYWJJ ) – These semi-opaque versions weigh a little less.
First Aid Kit: Adventure Medical Kit ( https://amzn.to/3QWuRLe )
Rechargeable headlamp: Nitecore ( https://amzn.to/3UltVD7 )
Shoes: Hoka Speedgoat 5 ( https://amzn.to/3dpBOXJ )
Boots: Lowa Hiking boots ( https://amzn.to/3QSFnTP )
Sun Hoodie: Baleaf ( https://amzn.to/3Sc5Nku )
Wool Underwear – Super thin and comfortable: Meriwool ( https://amzn.to/3xByHTv )
If you wear glasses or sunglasses, get some of these: Chums eyewear retainer ( https://amzn.to/3QWtMmE )
Day Pack: Osprey Manta 24 ( https://amzn.to/3qX1JZH )
Backpacking Pack: Outdoor Vitals Shadowlight ( https://outdoorvitals.com/products/shadowlight-ultralight-backpacking )
Trekking Poles: Trekology Aluminum Sticks ( https://amzn.to/3Sk6NDs )
Rain Suit: Frogg Toggs – super cheap, super light ( https://amzn.to/3f1PjNA )
Hiking Towel: PackTowl Ultralite ( https://amzn.to/3LpDGw5 )
Water Filter: Katadyn BeFree 1.0L ( https://amzn.to/3BAshFo )
Water filter tabs (backup): These taste disgusting, but can safe you ( https://amzn.to/3QSGdQt )
Camping Chair: Helinox Chair Zero ( https://amzn.to/3dmNryF )
Micro Spikes: Kahtoola ( https://amzn.to/3RVqem0 )
(Also bring a couple zip ties in case the chains ever give way)
Emergency Bivvy ( https://amzn.to/3BQ4GSj )
A REALLY great book about the dangers of climbing in the winter: “Where You’ll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova” by Ty Gagne ( https://amzn.to/3BqXUkx )