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Trip Reports

August 16, 2021

It turned out that getting into the High County a few weeks earlier only made me want more. It didn’t help that a friend had invited me on a couple of backpacking trips in the same area and had shared his photos of high lakes and alpine scenery with me! Matteo could tell I was itching to go back and…

Read the PostLittle Lakes Valley Redux

July 31, 2021

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the East Side. I wanted to go somewhere new and had never been to the Rock Creek area. There are a handful of campgrounds nearby and some high peaks and many lakes within striking distance. It seemed like a good plan, but every good plan needs an accomplice or two… Finding some…

Read the PostLittle Lakes Basin

July 5, 2021

At the end of our trip to Moab, we made a stop by Zion for just a couple of days to decompress. Instead of going into the park, where we have explored around in the past, we headed up Kolob Terrace Road, just outside the park. This is a beautiful forested area that is away from the crowds. Several years…

Read the PostZion – Fast and Outside

July 1, 2021

In 2018 I was in Moab for a 100 mile run through the La Sal Mountains on an incredibly difficult course known as the Ute. On that trip, I saw enough of Moab to realize going there for a run was almost missing the point. So the dreams of the slick rock and unique desert landscape finally materialized into another…

Read the PostMoab – Best of the Desert

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