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Hiking

July 28, 2014

Once upon a time I went for a run. It happened to be a nice very nice run among the giant Sequoias of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. For me running has turned from something I once swore off to something I need to do. This summer I find myself in a lull, having not been able to run at…

Read the PostFootprints in the Paella

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

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

September 7, 2011

The plan: see as much of the park as possible without over-doing the hiking. This route meanders through grassy meadows, along creeks (and through them), past water falls, through pine forests, among steaming pits of molten sulfur, across volcanic lava beds and scree, over the top of a cinder cone, and past many lakes. In the United States there is…

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August 14, 2011

If we were playing $20,000 Dollar Pyramid and the answer was “The Bay Area”, someone might shout out some clues like “Uber expensive town homes, Silicon Valley, traffic congestion!!”, and if they were really awesome maybe even “The Ohlone Wilderness Trail!”. Wilderness in the Bay Area is a bit of an anomaly, but if you know where to look you…

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