Chronic Pain Video

Overcoming Chronic Pain | The Beginnings of Roots + Peaks

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.

Video Chapters:

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. ( )

Affiliate links for gear I use and trust…


All Trails is a good site/app to help you plan your adventure:
(Bring a paper map and compass as a backup, always)
Compass – Whistle ( )

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 ( ) – These semi-opaque versions weigh a little less.

First Aid Kit: Adventure Medical Kit ( )

Rechargeable headlamp: Nitecore ( )

Shoes: Hoka Speedgoat 5 ( )
Boots: Lowa Hiking boots ( )

Sun Hoodie: Baleaf ( )

Wool Underwear – Super thin and comfortable: Meriwool ( )

If you wear glasses or sunglasses, get some of these: Chums eyewear retainer ( )

Day Pack: Osprey Manta 24 ( )
Backpacking Pack: Outdoor Vitals Shadowlight ( )

Trekking Poles: Trekology Aluminum Sticks ( )

Rain Suit: Frogg Toggs – super cheap, super light ( )

Hiking Towel: PackTowl Ultralite ( )

Water Filter: Katadyn BeFree 1.0L ( )
Water filter tabs (backup): These taste disgusting, but can safe you ( )

Camping Chair: Helinox Chair Zero ( )


Micro Spikes: Kahtoola ( )
(Also bring a couple zip ties in case the chains ever give way)

Emergency Bivvy ( )

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 ( )