Preethi Chandrasekhar

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โœˆ๏ธ Chennai born, SF based wanderer ๐Ÿ“ธ I like to write & take photos ๐ŸŒŽ Living the life I imagined @acanelaexpeditions Ambassador

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Yosemite and I have had a somewhat strained relationship. . โœ…11 years back I got a permit and went to hike THE iconic 17 mile trek to Half Dome. I failed to summit the cables portion. . โœ…I made it to Quarter Dome and saw the last portion. The cables. The two cables allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet without rock climbing equipment. Youโ€™re not attached to anything. The fear gripped me. My mind ...won. I turned around. Since then that failure has made me perhaps slightly bitter and ashamed. . โœ…11 years later I went to backpack in the wilderness a few weeks back, only to find out my camp site is bang opposite the Half Dome. I felt a little wary as if Half Dome was mocking me. I spent many moments during this trip staring at Half Dome. I came to the realization that itโ€™s okay to admit defeat, instead of pretending that hike never happened or pretending I DID Half Dome. I still got out there & TRIED. I still learnt a lot about what I am capable of ON the hike. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone that day (I had the flu, woke up at 2am to start the hike etc). Iโ€™m stronger than I think. . โœ…I might never summit half dome but thatโ€™s ok too. Iโ€™m sharing this with you because I know there might be others who are feeling the same way I felt about failed attempts. I made my peace on this camping trip and was content to watch this view from my tent in the wilderness. Because in the end, โ€œItโ€™s not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves.โ€ - Hillary . #yosemite #yosemitevalley #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitenation #visitcalifornia #respectcalifornia #rediscovercalifornia #wildbayarea #sheisnotlost #browngirlbloggers #campinglife #campingviews #wildernessculture #wildernessnation #wildernessexplorer #wildernessbabes #wildernesstherapy #californianature #californiaadventure #california_igers #roadtripusa #nationalparkphotography #nationalparkobsessed #nationalparkservice #damestravel #optoutside #allaboutadventures #dametraveler #tripotocommunity #wildernesstherapy

Backpacking in the Wilderness at Yosemite National Park

Backpacking in the wilderness means you carry all of your gear (sleeping bag, tent, bear canister to store food, clothes, stove, food, water) on your back to stay outside for a night or longer. If youโ€™re backpacking in the wilderness at Yosemite National Park, please read up on the rules and regulations at that national park and familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace ethics. While our wilderness campsite was North Dome, we stopped just before the trail that leads to North Dome and camped there. We could now see our campsite, Half Dome, North Dome and the Yosemite Valley below us.

5 reasons why I encourage backpacking in the wilderness: . โœ…Access to pristine landscape: Car camping means you're camping with other people. Wilderness means you have to go on foot, past the trailheads, deeper into nature. Youโ€™ll see less people. Itโ€™s an opportunity to journey deeper..both into nature and within yourself. โœ…Opportunity to grow: Youโ€™ll tap into parts of you that might not be evident on a daily basis. When you have to sit on a slab of rock, cook in a small pot, eat out of a packet, wash dishes without a drying rack, fill water from a stream, filter it, sleep inside a tent, change your clothes someplace, poop in a hole, pee in nature, hear natureโ€™s sounds..youโ€™re facing challenge and discomfort. This is a chance to learn more about you and accept, embrace, and love all those parts of you! โœ…A shift in perspective: Staring at the Milky Way at night, I felt tiny. I felt like thereโ€™s something bigger than me. I felt more gratitude and joy. โœ…Get in shape: This is a great way to get a workout. I love active vacations because I spend most of my workday on my ass. In this trip, I carried a 25-30 pound backpack for 4.5 miles on a relatively easy trail (with moderate incline). For my day hike the next day, all I had was a day backpack. We hiked down 4 miles to the waterfall, swam in pools, ate lunch and hiked back up 4 miles. It was a sweat inducing climb :) โœ…Boost confidence: You donโ€™t have to be athletic to backpack in the wilderness. You just need a great attitude, some practice hiking with a heavy backpack, and good planning. And for your first time, start small. Donโ€™t pick a spot 10 miles away! A successful trip can give you confidence in other areas of your life as well. . #yosemitevalley #yosemitenp #yosemitenation #yournationalparks #nationalparkobsessed #nationalpark #nationalparkservice #nationalparkweek #tlpicks #afarmag #wildbayarea #optoutside #outsidemagazine #femalewanderer #trekkingtoes #tripotocommunity #nationalparkpartnership #viaadventure #allaboutadventures #nomadicnetwork #hellocalifornia #ig_bestshots #respectcalifornia #visitcalifornia #afarmag #wildernessculture #backpackingviews_ #wildernessbabes #wildernessnation #outdoorvoices

8 Day Itinerary to Annapurna Base Camp

In October 2019, my dream of trekking to Annapurna Base Camp (referred to fondly as ABC) came true, and I led a group of 9, in collaboration with First Light Adventure to ABC. The trek itself is an 8-day trek through varied landscape that culminates at the base of majestic peaks such as Annapurna 1 (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m). Pro Tip: From this tea house, you can already see the Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare (Nepalโ€™s Matterhorn) peaks clearly. Today was a gorgeous hike that took us into the valley and upward to Machhapuchhare Base Camp, the last stop before our ascent to the Annapurna Base Camp.

Oh California! Just few weeks ago I was in Yosemite National Park, backpacking in the wilderness in this very spot I am standing in. My views were the majestic Half Dome to the right. I was marveling at how beautiful yet overwhelming nature can be. . โœ…And since then, things changed rapidly as 12,000 lightening strikes caused more than 1 million acres to burn here in Northern California right now. ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€. See how ๐Ÿ‘‡ . โ—๏ธEvery fire needs a spark. 95% of CAโ€™s wildfires are caused by humans according to the California ๐ท๐‘’๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก of Forestry and Fire Protection. Fires can be caused by a discarded cigarette butt, a lawnmower riding over a big rock, or a spark from a car. โ—๏ธDowned power lines that land on trees have also sparked a blaze in recent years. โ—๏ธPopulation growth makes wildfires more deadly and more likely. โ—๏ธAs population swells, it has leaked from urban to forest areas. As people leave cities and go inland towards the forest regions to build homes, these communities encroach on historically uninhabited wildlands. This places people AND nature at risk of being burned. โ—๏ธWarmer temperatures = drier vegetation for longer periods than in the past. This becomes tinder during wildfire season. Hello climate change. If you still doubt climate change, come to California. . โœ… If you want to help the firefighters and the victims, please see links in my bio. Letโ€™s each of us come together and do what we can. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ . #respectcalifornia #visitcalifornia #californiaadventure #naturalcalifornia #yosemitevalley #yosemitenp #yosemitenation #yosemitenps #yosemite_national_park #backpackingadventures #allaboutadventures #browngirlcamping #wildernesscamping #igcalifornia #californiaroadtrip #optoutside #outbound #among_the_wild #nationalparkpartnership #viaadventure #nomadicnetwork #hellocalifornia #adventure #damestravel #igbest_shots #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #wildernesscul

How to Plan a Road Trip to Mt. Shasta, CA

Given that most countries are not accepting the American passport currently, due to Americaโ€™s rising cases, I opted for a short road trip to Mt. Shasta, which is about 3.5 hours north of my home in San Francisco. When we did encounter people however, we found ourselves having to step off the path/trail as many folks werenโ€™t wearing masks here. We saw a sign that pointed toward Faery falls and some hot springs (know that this is sulphuric cold springs) and we started walking on a trail toward the falls. Heart Lake: While we ran out of time for this hike, I hear the views of Mt. Shasta from Heart Lake are magnificent and the hike isnโ€™t too difficult either.

*SAVE post and add this to your Utah itinerary :) One thing thatโ€™s always fascinated me about Utah? Its slot canyons. So what exactly is a slot canyon!? ๐Ÿ‘‡ . 1. A slot canyon starts as a tiny crack and grows larger with repeat flash floods and erosion over millions of years. 2. The end result is a narrow canyon with high walls 3. A slot canyon can be several meters wide or just one foot wide 4. The narrower canyons have twists and turns and beautifully scalloped walls. 5. You can hike, scramble and climb slot canyons. 6. The threat of flash floods exists even today. Hikers have been caught in flash floods in some of these canyons. Before hiking a slot canyon you MUST check weather! 7. Southern Utah has tons of slot canyons the most famous being the Narrows at Zion National Park :) Here I am exploring a lesser know slot canyon called Jennyโ€™s Canyon. . ๐Ÿ“ ๐‰๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐›๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐จ๐ญ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐’๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐‚๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค. ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ๐ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐ข๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ž๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ :) ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‰๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ฒโ€™๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ฒ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค. ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ! @greaterzionutah @travelmindset #greaterzion . #ad #snowcanyonstatepark #snowcanyon #igbest_shots #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #darlingescapes #wearetravelgirls #sheswanderful #wnwtravel #outside_project #vistanow #utahlife #utah_lifestyle #yourshotphotographer #tlpicks #telltnlindia #nomadicnetwork #roamingwomen #femalewanderer #womenwhoexplore #womenwhohike #trekkingtoes #explorationfever #visitutah #slotcanyon #slotcanyons #hikingutah #natgeotraveller @visitutah @utah_lifestyle @utahlife @igbest_shots @afarmedia @matadornetwork @wearetravelgirls @sheisnotlost @damestravel @darlingescapes @dametraveler @natgeoyourshot @natgeoadventure @womenwhotravel @womenwhoexplore @womenwhohike @adventurenthusiasts @allaboutadventure

Glacier Hiking in Perito Moreno, Argentina

My first glacier hike was on Argentinaโ€™s Perito Moreno glacier. Perito Moreno is arguably one of Argentinaโ€™s most famous attractions in Los Glaciers National Park located in Southern Argentinaโ€™s Patagonia region. The tour included transportation to Perito Moreno, lunch, bilingual guides, viewing the glacier from the balconies, boat ride to the glacier, and a 90 minute ice walk. Whatโ€™s unique and rare about the Perito Moreno glacier is that as the worldโ€™s 3rd largest fresh water supply, it shows no signs of retreating or melting!

Camping vs Glamping - which one is right for you!? . โœ…Last weekend, I glamped in Utah, with a view of the mountains of the incredible Zion National Park. It was my first time visiting Zion! So whatโ€™s the difference between camping and glamping !? . โœ…Camping: 1. You bring your own tent and sleeping bag + food to cook 2. Set up your tent in a designated campsite (with bathrooms) or wilderness (no bathrooms) . โœ…Glamping 1. Stay in a yurt which is a tent like structure that is already set up for you 2. Usually has amenities ranging from beds to fireplaces to furniture to bathrooms to restaurants on-site . โœ… (where I glamped in Utah), is considered glamping as they set up the tents for you. The tents have one king or two twin beds plus some furniture and a lantern for light. The bathroom is in a separate tent and is shared amongst the rest of the folks. Bring your own drinking water and ready to eat food! I would call this โ€œwilderness glampingโ€ as the location is remote and pristine. There are no restaurants here! My fav part of the stay? The night skies, movie night, and the epic views of Zion National Park. . ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™– ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™œ๐™ก๐™–๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ? . ๐Ÿ“ธShot using my fabulous @peakdesign tripod (thanks for the recommendation @epic7travel!) and the @sonyalpha 16-35mm lens. . #sheadventures #visitutah #utahnationalparks #utahunique #afarmag #tlpicks #zionnationalpark #nationalparks #nationalparkservice #campinglife #glampinglife #glampingnotcamping #glampingtent #astroworld #igbest_shots #usaprimeshots #nomadicnetwork #outdoorlifestyle #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #darlingescapes #roamtheworld #wearetravelgirls #sheswanderful #alphacollective #womenwhotravel #awesomeearthpix #natgeotraveller #yourshotphotographer @voyaged @visualambassadors @explorationfever @darlingescapes @dametraveler @damestravel @sheisnotlost @outsidemagazine @earth_shotz @megaphotographers @natgeotravel @natgeoyourshot @travelandleisure @igbest_shots @earthfocus @kytrisha @visitutah @outsidemagazine @allaboutadventures @outdoorsy

Are these sand dunes in Egypt? Or Jordan? Or Namibia? . โœ…None of the above ;) Iโ€™m in Utah, in the region known as Greater Zion, in a magnificent state park called Snow Canyon. The park is every bit magical as its name indicates ;) . โœ…The park is only about an hour from Zion National Park! Base yourself in the cute city of St. George to further explore this area. I stayed at, a modern tiny home with a private patio (with a stunning view), bathroom, and kitchen! Check out my story highlights on Greater Zion for my full Greater Zion itinerary :) *Save post for future planning! @greaterzionutah @travelmindset #greaterzion . #ad #nationalparks#utahphotography #utahunique #utahtravels #utahisbeautiful #utahmountains #utahsanddunes #sanddunes #tlpicks #afarmag #sheisnotlost #dametraveler #darlingescapes #damestravel #wearetravelgirls #sheswanderful #snowcanyonstatepark #visitutah #roamingwomen #yourshotphotographer #theoutbound #nomadicnetwork #igtones #shotzdelights #visualslayers #othallofframe #alphacollective #utahlife

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