Allow us to introduce you to Corry Bondini, a Canadian hiker, skier and camper who just can't stay away from the mountains! She shares her favorite hikes with us as well as her inspiration and what gear she always packs in her bags!
I am Corry, an outdoor enthusiast living in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. I have been hiking since I could walk and I have been so lucky to have lived in such a gorgeous country my whole life. I spend my weekends hiking, camping, skiing and living life to the fullest!
I am super lucky because my parents are some of the most active and outdoorsy people that I know. I grew up with weekly trips to the mountains to go hiking or skiing which means that I have been comfortable in the outdoors for a very long time. Of course, I went through a typical teenage phase of hating the outdoors and hiking but luckily, I grew out of that and now I love it more than ever.
I have done so many amazing hikes, it is hard to choose just 3!
If I had to choose 3 they would be:
I have been very lucky that I haven't really been put in any dangerous situations while hiking. There was one time though that I was camping in Whistler, it was dark out and we were making dinner and all of a sudden there was a bear right next to us! We quickly hopped into our car until someone from the camp came to get the bear away. The sad part is that the reason this bear came so close to us was because our neighbors had left food in their tent (don't do this!).
Hiking is such an amazing way to get away from technology and all of the distractions that are in our world now a day. When I am out hiking I seem to forget about everything else going on and really focus on the moment. It is an amazing feeling!
Hands down I would go to Peru! I have been dreaming of going there for years. The hiking there looks so incredible.
Layers (the weather can ALWAYS change), lots of water, food, a first aid kit and my camera of course!
I really love encouraging others to get outdoors in an ethical way. I think so many people want to get outdoors and go hiking and camping but don't really know where to start. I love being a resource for people who have questions regarding anything outdoors!
The seven Leave No Trace (LNT) are a really important place to start. They teach you how to be safe and ethical in the outdoors. Anyone who is wanting to get outdoors more should read these first and foremost!
My parents truly inspire me so much. They are retired now and they spend so much time hiking and exploring. They are currently doing a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon and later in the summer they are heading to Italy to go hiking.
I have two trips planned this summer. I will be going to Utah for a bunch of hiking, and later in the summer I will be heading to the North Cascades to tackle some peaks. I have tons of camping and weekend hiking trips planned too!