Gear List for Hiking the Narrows in Zion

The Narrows in Zion National Park offer a supreme challenge to both the day hiker and overnight backpacker. Day hikers that wish to tackle the Narrows in Zion from the bottom up must walk upstream against the current.  The current of the Virgin … [Read more...]

Backpacking recipes for Havasu Falls 2012

Havasu Falls 2012 is fast approaching and since this is my second time I thought it was worthy of a few new backpacking recipes.  My first trip in 2010 was all about the experience and my nutrition came in the form of MREs and PB&J sandwiches. … [Read more...]

Safely finding and pushing your limits as a hiker

It's not always easy to find our limits as day hikers.  Some physical limits can only be defined in extreme conditions, maybe only under the harshest weather or terrain.  Mental limits can present themselves regardless of the conditions, terrain, or … [Read more...]

Our Team is ready to lead

It's been months in the making and we're just getting started.  But I am very excited to introduce Our Team here at Trail Sherpa, or at the very least the founding members. The concept I had in my head was simple: I wanted to build a team of my … [Read more...]

What’s the story of your first time…backpacking?

I'm excited to get out for my very first overnight of the year! Sounds crazy given how late in the season it is but we had our second son in May and it's taken me months to get back to level. But as I prepare to hit the trail with Trent, it occurred … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa’s taking a seat at the adult table

The coming weeks are going to represent a defining shift in the history of Trail Sherpa. What was launched as a hiking blog is about to become so much more. My team and I started Trail Sherpa nearly two years ago as a hiking blog where I would … [Read more...]

Grand Canyon Backcountry

We'd like to welcome Kelli to the Trailsherpa family! She's a runner and hiker located in Lawrence, Kansas. This story reflects a trip she took into the Grand Canyon backcountry a few years back. A while back a friend offered me the chance to … [Read more...]

Looking back – a year in pictures 2010

I know it's a bit early to start with all the "Top 10..." lists and even the "Year in Review" type posts, but here is my first for 2010 anyway. I have been migrating most of my digital media from my laptop to an external drive to free up some … [Read more...]

Jeff Hester

I had the pleasure to interview Jeff Hester, @TheSoCalHiker, the other day about his recent John Muir Trail adventure. This was his second successful thru-hike on the JMT, nearly 30 years after his first time! Jeff is one of the more giving people … [Read more...]

Havasu Falls Backpacking Trip

[tab:Overview] Activity: Backpacking Location: Havasupai Indian Reservation, AZ Time on Trail: 11 hours (moving time) Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 24.65 miles (plus side trips) Elevation: +/- 2650 ft   Trailhead From … [Read more...]