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November 23, 2020

The changing of the seasons is a reminder to take time to reset oneself, let go of built-up thoughts and stress from the last few months, and move forward into a new season of being who we are and doing what we do. Oh, how I do enjoy these moments… burn out the dead wood and make room for the…

Read the PostBurn All the Firewood!

August 1, 2020

In 2016, I passed through the Cottonwood Lakes Basin on the exit of my SOSHR attempt with Art and Joe. That trip didn’t go quite to plan; however, it did inspire me to make several other trips into places near that route since then. I have a love affair with the Eastern Sierra for which there’s no substitute. Although Mammoth…

Read the PostLangley and the Lakes

February 1, 2020

Finding energy to write recently is a bit like scavenging iron filings from the dirt to first construct a pen from. The demands of my graduate studies have been pulling hard on me; free time is more like the space between commitments. In those moments, I want to run, hike, spend time with my kids, or do anything other than……

Read the PostDNF – Did Not Fail!

August 21, 2019

It was just a little later in the year, two years ago that I ran a nice loop from and to Tuolumne Meadows. Last year at this time I was running the Ute 100. This was a lot closer to home and much more enjoyable! It’s a little closer than going to the East Side, it’s up high, the scenery…

Read the PostTuolumne Meadows Redux!

August 21, 2019

Somehow two years passed since I last backpacked and slept outside for more than a night. Time passes so quickly; monuments that mark notable events in our lives act as reminders of that. It’s so easy to put things off, to feel like we are on the cusp of doing that thing that we’d get around to someday, then before…

Read the PostProblem Solving in the High Country

September 9, 2018

If the High Sierra holds treasure, the Rae Lakes are sparkling gems that find their way into our dreams and whisper to us would-be treasure hunters to come find them. The lakes aren’t the kind of treasure you can hold in your hand, or take with you; instead you hold them in your heart and leave them for others to…

Read the PostRae in a Day

November 13, 2017

As all of us go through life, we inevitably hit that phase where it get’s “real”. I find myself there this year. It seems I’m not alone either, as many of my friends who love the trails are also in the same general spot. Maybe it’s a “getting older” thing, or maybe it’s because people like us relish in experiences,…

Read the PostDon’t Forget to Look Up!

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…

Read the PostSouthern Utah – Day Hiking Paradise!

September 10, 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 9, 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…

Read the PostNot so SoSHR