A Journey to Get Back in Mountaineering Condition

When I started my business as a copywriter, I did so in order to have more free time.  I designed the business around being able to live life on my terms, and not on my boss’s terms.  This meant I get more time to get out and explore the great outdoors like I once used to.

The opportunity came up to climb Granite Peak in August 2020, and I jumped on it.  The last time I reached the top was August of 2007 and I am long overdue for a good, long adventure.  There’s one minor detail though.  I’m now 37 years old, and I don’t get out and go on adventures every weekend like I once did.  As much as it pains me (literally, my feet and knees hurt) to exercise and condition myself, I have started a Granite Peak training regimen.

This is my journey, what I learn, and how I progress.

Granite Peak from Avalanche Lake

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Fighting Skeeters on the Way to Kersey Lake

Have you ever zipped up the tent only to find a mosquito stuck inside?


Despite that fact that you’re about 15,000 times bigger, this miniscule insect can drive you bonkers.  It’s a single insect, but it has the power to irritate and exacerbate.  Now imagine hiking along the Clarks Fork Trail on your way to Kersey Lake, surrounded by hundreds, nay, thousands of these irritating bugs.

If the mountains are calling, and you choose to go to Kersey Lake, make sure you bring bug spray so that you’re not eaten alive.  Then you can enjoy the easy 2ish mile trek to a deep lake that is teeming with brook trout in the heart of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

Outdoors writer Scott Sery from Billings Montana at Kersey Lake

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A Quick Hike to Slough Lake along the Phantom Creek Trail

The bacon was done sizzling.  The eggs were fried.  Orange juice was ready to wash it all down.  Father’s Day morning was well underway, but still not far enough along that the day was shot.  It’s the middle of June, the weather is great, and in the words of John Muir, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”

The problem: it was 9:30 in the morning already, so a hike longer than just a couple of miles would mean getting home late, the same goes for a drive to the trailhead that’s over 2 hours.  These limitations narrowed the choices considerably, and made the destination an easy choice: Slough Lake in the East Rosebud Valley.

Phantom Creek Trail

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Stay at Home?  No Problem.  Quit Complaining.

Currently much of the country is locked down, encouraged to stay at home, or quarantined.  Here in Montana, it has been a little over 1 month since things started to shut down, social distancing was imposed, and gathering in groups was prohibited.  It has been during this time that nearly all of my extroverted friends are chomping at the bit, going stir crazy, and inundating social media every 3 minutes in a fleeting effort to grasp at some sort of social connection.

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As an introvert that has worked from home for nearly a decade, my day-to-day is largely unchanged.  In fact, my mental health has actually improved considerably.  As an adult, with a better understanding of who I was when I was younger, I can now smile at my extroverted friends going crazy, and say, “Suck it!”

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How Content Improves Your Law Firm

When you look into what makes a great website, you will see a similar topic pop up time and again: you must have engaging content!  In a highly competitive industry, such as acting as a personal injury attorney, it’s even more important to have excellent content that people want to read.

Personal injury attorney copywriter

That isn’t always as easy as it sounds.  You know how your practice works.  You know that people need your services.  But creating engaging content that they want to read is often a lot harder to do than it first appears.  Not to mention the time it takes to write it!

Today, let’s go through 3 points where your content can improve dramatically to draw in those clients.

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Readings and Reflections from the Last Year

Each year I have a goal of reading 12 books.  I set some parameters for what I read to keep myself on track.  For instance, I have to actually read the books: audio books are bonuses.  The books have to have substance or length, preferably both.  So despite having a 7 year old at home, I can’t count Go Dog, Go toward my 12 books.

As a copywriter and content marketer in Billings, this provides a lot of the inspiration behind what I put into words.  I can refer back to what I have heard, quote famous (and not-so-famous) authors, extrapolate, and inspire with the words I have read.

Writer author copywriter in Billings

In January every year, I write down my reflections on the books so that I can be reminded of what I read, and I can inspire others that may be wondering what books they should consume in the coming year.  Without further ado, here are the books I read in 2019.

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Exploring the Big Snowy Mountains Near Billings

When going on adventures in Montana, I generally aim for the Beartooth Mountains.  They’re close, they’re big, and they can be seen from Billings.  Why venture farther away when there are many miles of wilderness to explore just south of town?

I finally broke down and got the All Trails app for my phone.  Not the paid version of course, but the free one.  It opened me up to finding other adventures that are nearby, but outside of my usual adventuring spots.  Justin came up from Texas for a long weekend getaway and to experience a little snow in the Big Snowy Mountains.

Big Snowy Mountains in Montana

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A Quick Synopsis of What I Read Last Year

Each year I try to read as many books as possible.  They’re a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, business and personal growth, religious and borderline sacrilegious.  Every book read means I gain a little knowledge, and that knowledge can be applied to life, business, and relationships.

Each year, I do miniature book reviews on what I have read.  It’s a way that you can be inspired to find something that you love, and a way that I can look back and remind myself about all of the knowledge I stuffed into my brain.

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Discovering Areas around Flagstaff, Arizona

Each year Justin and I meet up to explore a new area.  These areas are vast, and we barely cover any of the ground.  But each year we get to discover somewhere new, meet new people, enjoy new places to stay, eat, drink, and experience.  After every trip I promise to get a blog review out in a timely manner.  I don’t.  Here we are, 7 months past, and I’m finally writing it.  You can catch up on past adventures in Colorado, Utah, and some other adventures in Orlando and at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Adventures Beyond the Desert in Arizona

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Being from the north, the Arizona trip was vastly different than others.  Justin, being from El Paso, experienced more of the desert that he knows, and got into the mountains like he loves.  This year, Todd (Justin’s former colleague) drove over from California to help us explore the mountains, streams, waterfalls, breweries, and architecture in and around Flagstaff, Arizona.

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04. June 2018 · 3 comments · Categories: Travel

What to do and Where to Stay When Visiting Fairmont Hot Springs

Every year around the Easter Holiday, we like to take a trip.  Generally we head out of state, somewhere in the south and quite warm.  For instance, last year we went down to Orlando and the year before that was a trip to San Diego.  They’re great, but airfare and hotel costs add up quickly.  This year, we decided to stay in Montana but go somewhere warm.

After researching pretty much every hot spring location in the state (and some outside of Montana), we decided to hit up Fairmont Hot Springs outside of Anaconda, MT.  It was only about a 3.5 hour drive (assuming no snow on the mountain passes), and it was quite frankly the nicest looking hot spring around.  Surprisingly not many of the hot springs have been developed into bigger resorts.

Fairmont Hot Springs Pool

Here is our experience, and where you may want to look into if you decide to go to Fairmont.

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