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Go-lite umbrella used twice today in Fish Canyon

2014-07-27
Today we hiked to Fish Creek. We went up the canyon from the camp to a hole that still had deep, cold water and lots of fish. This hole was ab…

Trail Pass to Bishop Pass on the PCT

2014-06-14
I just returned from a 7 day trip in the Sierras on the PCT between Trail Pass (Horseshoe Meadow) and Bishop Pass. In 2008 when I started hiki…

Franklin Trail from Juncal Campground

2014-05-25
On a lovely, foggy Memorial Day weekend Saturday, we hiked the Franklin Trail starting from the old defunct Juncal Campground. Being behind th…

Quickie Overnighter Shakedown

2014-05-11
We are planning a trip to the Sierras soon and wanted to do a quickie overnigher shakedown hike to test some gear and food. So we pulled a Rik…

Blue Peak

2014-03-30
Today we did a hike up to Blue Peak. Blue Peak overlooks Blue Canyon and the Romero Trail. It's the very pointy peak you can see as you dr…

Road damage

2014-03-02
I got this message from Bryan Conant during our recent rain storm. Please see the County Road Closure page and the USFS Alerts and Notices pag…

Hiker Trash Party

2014-02-24
I went to a party at Shroomer's house. Shroomer is Scott Williams, a soon-to-be triple-crowner. PCT, CDT and AT. The AT is the one he need…

I got an award for being a volunteer

2014-01-25
Today I went to the annual Volunteer Wilderness Rangers training and awards ceremony. Lots of participants There were many epic beards. …

Three day weekend on Ocean View Trail

2014-01-20
This weekend TrailHacker and I went to the Ocean View Trail to see how the progress is going on it. We hadn't been here in a while.We were…

Lost Valley Trail is trying to kill me

2014-01-13
The Lost Valley Trail has been trying to kill me for more than 10 years. Long ago TrailHacker and I were hiking when we heard loud popping …

Late December Lonnie Davis and Big Cone Spruce

2013-12-31
I took a solo trip to Lonnie Davis and Big Cone Spruce the last 3 days of the year. The weather was unseasonably warm. The Manzana is dry unti…

Annual Topatopa party

2013-12-08
Or also known as Hot Cocoa Cocoa on top of Topatopa. One day after a storm dumped a little snow at elevation we did our annual Topatopa…

The Ultimate Hike

2013-12-01
Every year we do a hike called the "Ultimate Hike." It's the 9 trails hike. I guess there are actually 10 trails. Jesusita Trail…

The Franklin Trail

2013-11-11
Today TrailHacker and I decided to check out Franklin Trail in Carpinteria. We have done the Franklin Trail from the Santa Ynez side and I h…

Glacier National Park

2013-09-02
I finally put up pictures from my two-week backpack trip through Glacier National Park. We were there the 2nd half of August. It was a great …

Backpacking yogurt

2013-08-04
Few things are more disappointing than powdered milk. Even if you get Nido, which is the best powdered milk (you can find this at Santa Cruz M…

Hot day on Cathedral Peak

2013-07-14
On Sunday we set out at around 8:30 to climb Cathedral Peak, hoping to beat some of the heat. This was the first time climbing to the peak whe…

How to dehydrate sweet potatoes (and other starchy things)

2013-06-02
I make my own backpacking food. I eat a paleo diet, too and I often go cookless. I learned how to do this on my trip to the Winds from some CD…

PCT - Cottonwood bridge to Tehachapi

2013-04-14
When you hike the PCT, never mutter under your breath, "Thank God I never have to hike this section again" because you never know. I have now …

Return to Ocean View (for the last time?)

2013-03-25
Trailhacker and I hiked up to Ocean View once more to work on the trail. We saw this baby rattlesnake along the way. This picture makes him lo…

Ocean View Trail Again - Presidents Weekend

2013-02-20
Trailhacker and I returned to Divide Peak and the Ocean View trail over Presidents Day weekend. We've been getting really lucky with nice, war…

Ocean View Trail near Divide Peak

2013-02-04
This weekend Trailhacker and I went a'hackin' on the Ocean View trail which is an abandoned trail near Divide Peak. You can get more info on t…

Franklin Trail

2013-01-27
Franklin Trail would be a trail in Carpinteria if it existed anymore. It currently does not exist but may exist soon in the future. People are…

Jesusita Trail Exploration

2013-01-05
Today Trailhacker and I did something we don't normally do: went on a random, unplanned exploratory hike on Jesusita Trail. Normally we just h…

Mission Pine trip

2012-11-28
Thanksgiving weekend, Friday through Sunday, we went on a hike to the Mission Pine area. The first day we hiked to Mission Pine Basin. We met…

Cold Springs Trail after the little fire

2012-11-12
Today we hiked up Cold Springs Trail to see where the little fire was. It was in the area where it gets rocky and exposed between the powerlin…

Dabney Cabin hike

2012-09-09
Yesterday we hiked in the blaring sun to Dabney Cabin. Manzana Creek was mostly dry everywhere. There were pockets of water in very shady area…

Wind River Range

2012-07-27
I just returned from hiking in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. I hiked from Big Sandy opening to Green River Lakes, visiting the Cirque of th…

Finally I have completed ALL of the PCT

2012-06-01
I have finally completed the entire PCT, no missing pieces. My last unfinished piece was in the San Gabriel mountains near Baden-Powell. I s…

Whiteledge Loop

2012-04-03
This weekend, Cesar Chavez holiday weekend, Trailhacker, Beeman and I hiked the Whiteledge Loop. I set off ahead of everyone for a little s…