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…

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September 18, 2015

No pretty pictures today, just a short essay. Some thoughts on running “in pursuit of” and the elusive nature of quality time – which comes in so many ways. Maybe a day at the beach with the family just going with the flow, an afternoon spent swinging in a hammock while sufficiently intoxicated, or just going out for a short…

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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.…

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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…

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July 29, 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…

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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 11, 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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February 22, 2014

A friend and I recently visited Yosemite’s “secret” cabin. Among other things in the cabin were an acoustic guitar and some original lyrics written by Randy Bales left there for others to strum and sing while huddling around the wood stove. I thought the lyrics were pretty cool and when I returned home I was actually able to track down…

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January 27, 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…

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August 13, 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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