Addicted To The Climb 20


This blog began as a story of recovery and transformed into a journey of enlightenment.

Climbing mountains healed me and changed my perspective during some difficult times both mentally and physically.  I spend much of my time paying them back for all they have given me.

As I began to tell my story so many people were inspired by it and began sharing it.  As a result the partnerships I have been involved in are mind blowing and I am so proud to be able to share this list of some of the media channels I have had the privilege to be part of.

You can read about my health struggles and how I overcame them in this testimonial. I wrote it and sent it to Robb Wolf the author of The Paleo Solution thinking no one would ever read it.  Little did I know how many people would and where it would lead me!

This is an interview I did with GrindTV and Yahoo Sports that explains some major goals I set during my recovery.

This is a podcast interview I was honored to be featured on called Inspiring Adventurer all the way from Germany!  Julian Bittel is an excellent host and I was very proud of how this interview turned out.

One of my most favorite outdoor suppliers Teton Sports hosts the best chat room on Twitter called #HikerChat  every friday at Noon EST.  They also hosted a #HikerChat video segment featuring 5 big adventures including my recent Kilimanjaro climb!

In Ice Axe We Trust is an excellent mountaineering podcast that I was a guest host on several times.  We discussed Mt. Humphrey’s in Flagstaff,  along with Part II Mt. Humphrey’s Winter Ascent,  My climb of Kilimanjaro along with a follow up Q & A segment.

This blog is my way to pay forward what I have been given, enlightenment.  I invite you to share your experiences as I share mine and get inspired to feel the bliss that our heavenly earth has to offer.

I offer up humor, recipes, opinion, inspiration, research, trail reviews, adventure, bring in guests and do my best to keep you entertained and motivated and inspired!

I organize posts via these 3 Categories:

Nutrition talks about the Paleo lifestyle I follow due to my G.I. disease.  I am a modern Cavewoman!  I post recipes, tips, and other helpful hints to help you navigate and research the murky waters that we call nutrition.

Happy Trails shares trip reports and descriptions with photos of many of the trails I have done and can serve as a great start for trails you may be interested in.  I have completed many trails in Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico, Hawaii, Virginia, and just added Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to this list in June of 2013.  Mt. Whitney was just conquered in June 2014!  I will also be taking on the largest summit of my life ‘The High One’ aka Denali in Alaska for summer 2015 with a team out of the U.K. and we are On Fire!  Subscribe to stay uphill on those happenings!

Musings shares anything that involves keeping me on track for the physical and mental game called life.  Here you will find motivation, inspiration and other helpful posts to help push you out of your comfort zone.  From time to time I will also review a exercise program like Crossfit.

I share short updates called tweets @jestheccc

If you want more than a little tweet join me for the full chorus on Facebook

This blog is the entire album.

Thank you for visiting, staying, sharing, enjoying, laughing and living life with me.

-Jes the “Chronic Climber Chick”


“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”  Sir Edmund Hillary



I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, or certified trainer.  I am a normal, smart, professional Woman who is also an athlete.  I was diagnosed with a very serious case of diverticulitis and within moments almost lost 60% of my G.I. tract due to it.  Once in recovery to avoid surgery going forward I did a tremendous amount of research and adopted a Paleo lifestyle.  The results I have personally seen and felt are worth sharing. 

 I am fortunate to have a network of professional athletes from many walks of life, nutritionists, trainers and other medical professionals to learn from. I am sharing my personal journey for those of you who experience similar types of health issues or are simply interested in the information I gather. I hope it encourages you and points you in the right direction to research further for your own personal well being. 

For those of you who are looking to share in my relentless hiking passion, or those who simply enjoy learning about the things I come across I am happy to have you all along on this incredible ride!

The information contained on this web site is not to be considered a guide, instead it is my report of the trails I have done so that you may have a general idea of what to expect on the hikes. I take no responsibility nor assume liability for inaccuracies, errors, omission, or incompleteness of any information.

You are responsible for using your judgment in interpreting and using this information to safely enjoy your own outdoor pursuits. Each trail has its own potential hazards, each needs to be evaluated for each person based on that person’s personal fitness level and other considerations.

Boy Scouts motto: Be Prepared!!