Dan runs Uphill Designs with his partner and Bioengineering alumna, Mallory Monahan (MS ’15) and with assistance from UW undergraduate Oliver Marczynski. Dan recently sat down with us to talk about their work and how his background in MSE provides the foundation for their products.
My partner hiked the PCT in 2013, about 8 months before I met him. Ever since I have been fascinated with stories about thru-hiking. Each time I listened in awe and bewilderment. Part of me was incredibly jealous about the freedom and lifestyle of a thru-hiker and part of me could not understand how someone could actually endure it. I was able to get my first small taste of thru-hiking this year on Section J of the PCT. Section J is a 72 mile portion of the PCT that goes from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass in Washington State.
In my short list of priorities for a hike, great food is among the top. When you're out there your body is exerting and depleting itself so please and needs healthy, delicious calories to keep you going. Here is a chocolaty, fast, and simple recipe for one of my favorite snacks for yoga, hiking or rock climbing: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls