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
CLICK HERE FOR FULL VIDEO! Shopping for hikers or backpackers is often difficult because their gear is so specialized. Unless you are told precisely what to get, you stand a good chance of making a mistake. Here I go over some gift ideas that most any hiker or backpacker will like - but more importantly … Continue reading Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Shopping for Hikers and Backpackers
Leavitt Meadows is just to one side of Sonora Pass California. It's a wild and beautiful area with several stunning mountain lakes. But - as I discovered - its trail system is sketchy in places. But if you're going to get "lost," this is a great place to do it! Join me on this fun … Continue reading Getting “Lost” in Leavitt Meadows
FREE CHECKLIST! Forgetting things on the trail can be frustrating and even dangerous. In this video I go over my planning strategy and provide you with a FREE backpacking / hiking checklist that you can download and modify to suit your needs. FULL VIDEO AND CHECKLIST HERE!
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
Last time we looked at how to avoid problems when hiking in the heat - but what happens when those measures fail? Dehydration, Heat Exhaustion, and even Heat Stroke. Here's how to tell and what to do if these illnesses arise. FULL VIDEO HERE!
Sierra Point was Ansel Adam's inspiration and is the only place in Yosemite where four major waterfalls can be seen at once. Yet it's not on any (modern) maps. An avalanche in the 70's wiped out the trail and it was never rebuilt. But it can be found. And it is worth it! FULL VIDEO … Continue reading Finding the Lost Sierra Point Trail in Yosemite
Summer has come and it's finally time to get back to hiking after quarantine! But now it's HOT! Here is the clothing and gear I use so I can keep hiking safely and comfortably even when it's hot. FULL VIDEO HERE!