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Misery Ridge Trail Loop: Smith Rock State Park

misery on the trail can bring happiness especially outside, remember why you’re out there. *Originally hiked: February 13, 2022 Webcams Maps, Books and Gear Recommendations Garmin inReach Mini2 – even though this park has service, it is still good to have a satellite communicator… Continue Reading “Misery Ridge Trail Loop: Smith Rock State Park”

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San Gorgonio via South Fork Trail – San Bernardino National Forest

The miles you spend outside, only matter if you take it in and enjoy it *Originally hiked: May 8-9, 2021 Well we needed another hard backpacking trip under our belts for training for the John Muir Trail and what better than to do San… Continue Reading “San Gorgonio via South Fork Trail – San Bernardino National Forest”

Twin Lakes: Sequoia National Park

A calm before the storm in Sequoia *Originally hiked: Oct 24–25, 2020 This one was a good one about 2 years ago, right before a snow storm hit the area, we got one last backpacking trip in to a lake that is named after… Continue Reading “Twin Lakes: Sequoia National Park”

John Muir Trail: Day 3 & 4

A lighter climb day vs. completing the hardest pass day Day Miles Point A to Point B Elevation Gain Elevation Loss June 8  10.54 miles Just below Guitar Lake to Tyndall Creek 1,706 feet 1,909 feet June 9  13.37 miles Tyndall Creek to Vidette… Continue Reading “John Muir Trail: Day 3 & 4”

2021 Outdoor Gift Guide

can’t wait to get out there with some of these items? 2021 has been quite the year; I hiked the John Muir Trail, something I’ve wanted to do for over 10 years and was fortunate enough to make it work with my job, no… Continue Reading “2021 Outdoor Gift Guide”

19 Eastern Sierra Lakes that You Have to Visit

Once upon a time in a land far far away, beyond where most Los Angeles dwellers would go, where the leaves rustle with the simplest of winds, where the lakes glisten when the sun hits them perfectly, where the wildflowers bloom after the snow… Continue Reading “19 Eastern Sierra Lakes that You Have to Visit”

John Muir Trail: Day 1&2

Finding our rhythm on the first couple days of the trail Day Miles Point A to Point B Elevation Gain Elevation Loss June 6 7.33 miles Whitney Portal to view of Consultation Lake 3,323 feet 67 feet June 7 11.27 miles Consultation Lake to… Continue Reading “John Muir Trail: Day 1&2”

15 Items That Always Go In My Hiking Backpack

Thursday evenings are mostly spent finishing packing my backpack for an adventure for the weekend.  I usually begin packing earlier in the week, some of my stuff is even packed from another trip; but this helps me decide if I need to make a… Continue Reading “15 Items That Always Go In My Hiking Backpack”

Big McGee Lake via McGee Creek Trail: John Muir Wilderness

*Originally hiked: August 10, 2019 McGee Creek Canyon is one of those hikes that I’ve been waiting to do, since last year I had to cancel it due to other plans getting in the way.  The original overnight permits I got were for Sawmill… Continue Reading “Big McGee Lake via McGee Creek Trail: John Muir Wilderness”

Ruby Lake via Mosquito Flats: John Muir Wilderness

*Originally hiked: July 13, 2019 Ruby Lake lies in the Rock Creek Lake Basin, a very popular fly fishing and hiking destination.  We opted to backpack the area and see how far we can get up to Mono Pass or past it.  It was… Continue Reading “Ruby Lake via Mosquito Flats: John Muir Wilderness”