24 hour backpack trip!

At 3pm we get in the car and drive to the Angeles National Forest. We get to the parking lot by 4:45pm after a quick stop for gas and beer! Then we start the hike 5 miles down to the West Fork Campground. Don thinks it’s cool to hike in the dark, but I’m just worried that we’ll get lost. …

Rainier

I left Portland on Tuesday and headed further north. Along interstate 5 I see a sign for Mt. Rainier National Park and think, “That sounds awesome.” So I ditch the original plan to go to the Olympic National Park and take the exit for Rainier. Of course a mountain is always far away, so I drive and drive and finally …

The Ferns

After the redwoods I hiked up the beach to Fern Canyon. Unfortunately I got lost. Basically I hiked too far and missed Fern Canyon completely because I lost track of time and just kept walking into the horizon. Now I understand how easy it can be to get lost in the desert. Everything looks the same. To add to it, …

The Redwoods

Losing my mind was part of the plan. You have to find and understand the dark parts in order to feel whole. One habit I am understanding better is my need to always be doing something. My craving for activity, accomplishment and doing. Doing, doing, doing. Going, going, going. I think this stems from not being satisfied with my present moment. Specifically …

Alone but not Lonely

A day after reaching Yosemite I went to the wilderness office to find a two day hike to somewhere beautiful. The ranger helped me settle on a one way route starting at May Lake and ending in Tuolumne Meadows. Finally! My first backpacking trip since Mt. Whitney last year. I am not really a lover of hikes, but rather a …

Mt. Whitney

Over the weekend we  spent two days summiting Mt Whitney. Two days of hiking all day, hanging out and eating. Now I sit in front of my computer restless, introspective and starting on my second breakfast. Briefing. Mount Whitney is the tallest peak in all of the contiguous United States, standing at 14, 505ft. Saturday, we backpacked 6 miles starting at 8,500 …

Death Valley National Park, Surprise Canyon, Panamint City

Surprise Canyon This past weekend Brandon, Mihai, Albert, Trewdge, Lea and I drove up to Death Valley for a casual visit. We drove up to Novak camp at the base of the hike to Panamint City, passed out then got up the next morning for a good long hike. This time it was 5 miles but a strenuous 4,000 ft …

Backpacking in Big Sur – Cone Peak

Almost at the top of Cone Peak This past weekend I went back to Big Sur, this time with Brandon, Mihai, Lea, Eric and Jesse. We hiked the Vicente Flat Trail up to Cone Peak (the highest coastal mountain in the US) and then camped at Goat Camp and hiked back out through the Stone Ridge Trail. The first day …

Escape to Lake Genevieve and Mount Baldwin

Escape! Sometimes you just need to get away, change your environment, do something new in order to move forward. What I’m finding out is that in California, a weekend trip can be like a mini vacation. Last Saturday morning Brandon, Eric, and I jumped in the car at 5am and drove up to the Inyo National Park, strapped our packs …

Backpacking Solo

While reading LA mag’s issue of The Best of LA, I came across a blurb talking about the Angeles National Forest. Intrigued I did more research, went to the information center and planned a one night backpacking trip. Distance driven: West LA to Arcadia – 35 miles The trail head was ~5 miles from Arcadia. That’s nuts! It’s literally in …