Hiking / Backpacking Checklist

Planning for a short day hike or an overnight backpacking trip can be daunting and even seasoned packers can make mistakes. That's why most have developed a checklist to make sure they do it right. Gear apps like Lighterpack and GearGrams have checklists for this very reason. Hhere's my checklist to help get you started … Continue reading Hiking / Backpacking Checklist

Hetch Hetchy Off Trail to the Top of Wapama Falls and Race to the Gate!

LINK I am a big fan of Hetch Hetchy - the flooded valley in Yosemite that many miss due to its location north of the more famous valley. For this hike I went way off trail in an attempt to reach the top of Wapama Falls before the gate closed at 5pm. It was a … Continue reading Hetch Hetchy Off Trail to the Top of Wapama Falls and Race to the Gate!

Desolation Wilderness: Bucket List Hike to Lake Aloha

Click Image for Full Video! On my last California backpacking trip before moving out of state for 15 years, I saw Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness for the first time. I was 1,500' above the valley, and Aloha was like a magnificent series of gems set in granite. Little did I know that it would … Continue reading Desolation Wilderness: Bucket List Hike to Lake Aloha