Mt. Dana is the northernmost summit in the Sierra Nevada which is over 13,000 feet. At an elevation of 13,057', Dana is the second highest mountain in Yosemite (after Mount Lyell which is only about 55' higher and generally requires an overnight to reach). Having never climbed higher than 10,845 (Mt. Hoffman), I was excited … Continue reading My First 13er! Mt. Dana, Yosemite
In "My Gear" part 3, I go over my sleep system: the UGQ Bandit quilt, the Nemo Tensor sleep pad, and the Trekology Aluft pillow. FULL VIDEO HERE!
The "Big 3" are big/heavy/expensive items in a backpacker's kit - namely, the backpack, shelter, and sleep system. In this - the second of my "My Gear" series - I will go over shelter considerations and give short reviews of my main tents: the deluxe Mountain Hardware Light Wedge 3 and the budget-friendly 3F UL … Continue reading My “Big 3” (Part 2): Shelter
NEW SERIES! For the first three parts of my new MY GEAR series, I am looking at the "Big 3" - namely, the backpack, shelter, and sleep system. I go over backpack feature considerations and offer short reviews of my backpacks. FULL VIDEO HERE!
Along Hwy 120 heading into Yosemite National park there are a series of tunnels, one of which has a side tunnel within. This "tunnel tunnel" goes right to the edge of the cliff above the Merced River. It is a fun, short hike that you can see here!
I just wanted to say that Esee's No-Questions-Asked-Warranty is LEGIT! I broke my Izula II doing something stupid when I made my review video, mailed it in on the 3rd, and got a replacement on the 8th. Quality customer service still exists! If you're looking for a good strap/neck knife, this little baby is amazing: … Continue reading Esee’s Warranty is Legit!
One of the best distance-to-views ratio hikes in Yosemite is the Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop. For only 5 miles (and 1,100' of elevation gain) you can stand nearly as high as Half Dome and above El Capitan. Along the way you'll see narrow fissures with thousand foot drops, trees, creeks, boulders, and breathtaking … Continue reading Hiking Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop in Yosemite National Park
What do you eat while on trail? In this, the second of a three-part collaboration video with Crow and Mark, we discuss the snacks, lunch, and hydration options we enjoy while we hike. See links below for parts 1 and 3! FULL VIDEO HERE!
Real survival knives don't look as sexy as the Rambo knives I loved as a kid - but they are far more useful in the backcountry. Here I review the Ontario Knife Company RAT-7 - and compare it to a couple other options including the legendary Esee 6. FULL VIDEO HERE!
A knife is one of the most useful tools in the backcountry, but they can be heavy and awkward to carry if you don't have the right one. Here I review my backpacking knife of choice - the Esee Izula II. FULL VIDEO HERE!