Half Dome in a Whole Day

Like many hikers, Half Dome has been on my bucket list for some time. The first problem is that it requires a 17+ mile hike in addition to the climb - and if you don't get a wilderness permit on top of your Half Dome permit, you can't make it an overnight. The second problem … Continue reading Half Dome in a Whole Day

Hiking Hat Showdown! Outdoor Research Sun Runner vs. Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure

As a fair-skinned hiker I like to have a lot of protection from the sun - especially my head! Hiking hats come in many shapes and sizes and which is best depends on several factors. Here I review the Outdoor Research Sun Runner cap and compare it to the popular Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure hats … Continue reading Hiking Hat Showdown! Outdoor Research Sun Runner vs. Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure

Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Hike

Kennedy Meadows (North) is a popular stop on the Tahoe-Yosemite trail (and for PCT hikers just up the road). This trail is one of the longest sections that does not cross over a major road and the Relief Reservoir hike has creeks, rivers, bridges and offers some cool old machinery, a cave, and an explorable … Continue reading Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir Hike