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Trip Reports

September 11, 2017

I had been itching to return to Zion National Park ever since running the Trans Zion route with friends a few years ago. The soaring, red rock walls of the canyon, the bright green cottonwoods in the Grotto, and the dramatic views of the mesa’s in the backcountry make Zion an experience like the Yosemite of the desert. I promised…

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September 9, 2016

Before even completing my last trip out at SEKI, I was already scheming on shorter trips that I could put together to get into the areas of the Southern Sierra High Route that we were forced to bypass on that outing. Since I have passed by Center Basin so often but never visited, the pull to head out there was…

Read the PostThe Crumbling Places of SEKI

August 8, 2016

This trip report will be a little unusual since it sort of reflects a failed attempt at the Southern Sierra High Route, which consequently turned into a nice section hike of the JMT with a couple days of cross country thrown in. Although it wasn’t what we set out to do, it was still a great trip and definitely one…

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November 6, 2015

Mt. Whitney is not only the highest peak in the continental US, it’s also auspiciously situated near the Southern terminus of the John Muir Trail. A true gem of the Sierra Nevada, and one that is no doubt on many bucket lists. It’s also notoriously difficult to get the necessary permits to hike Mt. Whitney because of the amount of…

Read the PostMt. Whitney Above All

July 8, 2015

There are places that sometimes don’t get paid as much attention as they should. It’s hard to say that Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Park are among them, but Yosemite does tend to hog the spotlight. California locals know though, as do other lucky visitors who’ve experienced these parks. We know what’s out there. The deepest canyon in the US.…

Read the PostGetting High with the Kings

April 9, 2015

The Rim to Rim to Rim is a classic Grand Canyon route, usually done as a 4-6 day backpacking trip, but also loved by runners who are able to get it done in a single day (with great effort!). There are several route options. South Rim to North Rim is the typical direction of travel. The journey is anywhere from…

Read the PostTo the Rim and Back

April 16, 2014

It’s thru hiking season! The Pacific Crest Trail Kickoff 2014 (ADZPCTKO 2014) is happening April 25-26th… right around the corner. It so happens that we have not one, but two friends who are embarking on thru hike attempts this year. As a way to stay in touch with them, live vicariously through their adventure, and also as a fun experiment…

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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…

Read the PostFalling for Coe

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