Create a Hiking Trip Plan

 "Safety doesn't happen by accident.”  ~Author Unknown Safety precautions taken when hiking can mean the difference between life and death. Hiking safely means you sign in at trailheads, correctly know and use navigational skills, carry … [Read more...]

The Badass Day Hiker’s Gear List

Share this Infographic on your site: Who doesn't love a great gear list!  Well this one is designed specifically for day hikers and includes not only the gear you should consider but also spaces to add … [Read more...]

The Basics: 5 things to take with you on a day hike

I have been reading lots of stories of day hikes gone wrong lately.  I covered the topic of rescues in Yosemite in a post a few weeks ago. And this week another story of rescue hit the press. He went off trail and found himself stuck with no cell … [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...]

I just filed my first Trail Report

I have successfully entered my first Trail Report on Trail Sherpa. I hiked 12.5 miles at the Greensboro Watershed, which is about 40 miles from my home west of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Note our trail reports are split into tabs -- one for … [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...]

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...]

Mary Jane Falls and Big Falls Loop

Switchbacks, a half mile snow field, ice bridges, and crevasses - all in the desert less than an hour from Las Vegas! About an hour west of Las Vegas lies the Spring Mountain range home to the Mt Charleston Wilderness.  It's the summer hangout … [Read more...]

The best Father’s Day hike in Red Rock ever!

That's a strong title for a blog post and it's going to be difficult to make sure the following story lives up to it...but I think it will! This Father's Day was my third but just the first as a father of two.  Earlier in the week I received an … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park – a climber’s perspective

[tab:Overview] I have a great group of hiking buddies here in Las Vegas.  There is always someone that is ready and able to tackle a trail with me regardless of the timing.  My friend Brian is solely responsible for getting me back into nature … [Read more...]