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This photo is from 5 years ago, shortly after I turned 19. While spending 10 months travelling around New Zealand, I met @captaindarcy and @firetypenorthwest who were big into backpacking. I had never been on a multi-day hike before, but I was excited to head out on the #abeltasmantrack with my two new best friends. I didn't have anywhere to leave some of my belonging, so I ended up carrying EVERYTHING I owned at the time on my back, weighing about 60lbs. To put this into perspective, I couldn't stand up straight, because the weight of my pack pulled me backwards and made me fall over. How could I ever think I'd be able to hike 60km bent forward and WITH ALL MY SHIT? Long story short, it was rough, definitely torture for my back, but we finished the trail after three nights and I loved every second of this ridiculous hike. In fact, after finishing I truly felt like there weren't any limits in the world to what I could achieve. Even though that feeling was powerful, I obviously decluttered my possessions and figured out a way to store some of them, when we headed onto our next backpacking adventure, only a week later.