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Hiking

April 14, 2014

The Zion Traverse at Zion National Park in Utah is a route often described as a moderately difficult 3 to 5 day backpacking trip between the Northwest and Southeast corners of the park, covering approximately 47-50 miles, depending on who you ask, and over 20,000 feet of cumulative elevation change. While the scenery in the areas frequented by the shuttle…

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March 10, 2014

Oh Henry Coe, how I love thee. Ornery turkeys, feral pigs, ever present blood sucking ticks, and endless hills that mock, inspire, and finally have their way with your legs. Honestly though, Coe park is a pretty unique gem and one of the few places that we have in the bay area in which one can escape into the vastness…

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January 26, 2014

Ok, so I’ve been making a conscious effort to get off this damn blog-post-hiatus. For those who don’t already know, we relocated to our new home in San Rafael right around New Year’s Day. Life’s been a bit chaotic and I think I owe both Joe from ZPacks and Gen from Yama Mountain Gear an apology for essentially sitting on…

Read the PostJanuary Fun at the GGG-6

August 12, 2013

I find myself back on the East Side again. This trip was sort of by happenstance, but none the less a nice hike. The Saddlebag Lakes area is as good a place as any to use as a launch pad for trips into and around Yosemite and although it can be busy during the peak season, it’s nowhere near the…

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July 22, 2013

The Eastern Side of the Sierras (almost Yosemite in this case), especially anywhere around 9500 feet and above are quite a treat to explore and have a great feeling of desolation. The scenery ranges from stark, high peaks to, talus slopes, down into grassy meadows and of course those beautiful Sierra lakes. The Saddlebag Lake Loop is no exception, but…

Read the PostWay Out There, Not So Far Away

April 15, 2013

As a continuation to my first post of this series, here are a couple of reports from backpacking trips we’ve taken the kids on. Looking back on these it reminds me that sometimes things to go plan, and sometimes they don’t, but either way we’ve always come back having had a good time outdoors as a family. I’m always inspired…

Read the PostBreaking in the Bear Cubs

April 3, 2013

Hiking is great fun. Hiking with your significant other is better yet! Though, if you spend enough cold nights in close quarters you may eventually find yourselves waking up to strange sounds. Nope, not those pesky deer crunching around in the forest, more like the sorts of sounds related to hungry tummies wanting warm milk! Yes, the inevitable… children! So…

Read the PostWhere the Wild Things Are

January 31, 2013

Henry Coe State Park is a place that many, including myself, have a tough love relationship with. It’s a vast expanse of hills, creeks, and small lakes punctuated by poetic Oaks and mythical giant Madrones. In the cool months the rolling green hills go on and on, and if your legs could do the same, you might even be able…

Read the PostTrails, Turkeys, and Telescopes

January 18, 2013

Fresh snowfall beckons those who snowshoe and cross country ski to come explore the Yosemite landscape in its winter majesty. Iconic scenery is familiar and yet different under a blanket of snow. The hiking (or skiing) to Dewey Point is easy going and non-technical. This is a trip that anyone can do. For winter camping, an understanding of fundamental gear…

Read the PostSubzero Chill and Iconic Views

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!Looking for something to do outside this January? Hit up the GGG! What’s a “GGG” you ask? Grandmother’s Green Gorgonzola?? Good guess, but not quite right. Try: Gathering of Gear Geeks! Yes, it’s that time to get together with like minded light-backpackers, share stories, check out the vast array of gear, and just have a good time. The…

Read the PostIt’s GGG Time – Save the Date!