July 4, 2013

It’s July 4th. Rock Out. Or if you prefer, something more American, more melancholy, and possibly more pretentious, and yes, The National is one of my favorite bands… [hili]

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May 6, 2013

A little Monday music for you. I picked up this album sometime early last year and keep coming back to it. Radical Face is to music what cottage manufacturing is to backpacking; he puts out great stuff and does everything him self. “Everyone knows if you care, then let it go…” [hili]

Read the PostGhost Towns

March 15, 2013

As much as I’m tired of hearing “Ho, Hey” every time I turn the radio on, I’ve gotta say the Lumineers put out a great album that keeps me coming back. Music like this is good medicine in times of stress and frustration. “Keep your head up…” [hili]

Read the PostStubborn Love

March 4, 2013

For those of us who only get to visit the desert, it can be such a foreign and mystical place. It’s hard to compare to being in the Sierras, even spending time above tree line is not the same experience. Of the few desert areas I’ve visited, Joshua Tree has got to be one of the more interesting. The expansive…

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February 4, 2013

The song may be called Heavy Feet but it doesn’t way me down, man. I’m just really digging Local Natives stuff lately, great chill music. After everything…. [hili]

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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 28, 2013

Back in 2011 I shared some thoughts on first aid for backpacking along with the kit that I carry. This kit is designed for ‘typical’ backpacking trips where treating minor injuries and discomfort can be common. It’s not really for the folks with WFA or WFR certs who may elect, or even feel a responsibility to carry items to treat…

Read the PostRevisited – A Lightweight First Aid Kit for Backpacking

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

January 17, 2013

There has indeed been come cold rain in these parts of California lately. To celebrate, here’s Comadre, a local~ish SF peninsula suburb punk band. First music post of 2013. Enjoy!! [hili]

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December 18, 2012

I hope you have been good and Santa brings you everything on your wish list! I suggest getting outside with your new (or old) gear, enjoying the crispy weather, and kickin 2013 off the right way! There’s nothing quite like a good new years hike, bike, run, or snowshoe. As for myself, I’ll be enjoying a brisk half marathon, maybe…

Read the PostJingle Bells!