Outdoorist Guide to Glacier National Park

I spent a week in Glacier National Park–my first time there–and just, whoa. Montana has a reputation for being one of the last wild frontiers, and this parcel of public land is a true testament to that. My experience felt particularly charmed. It was … [Read more...]

It doesn’t have to be Mount Whitney – Spiral out when seeking adventure

Get to Mount Whitney from a different angle “We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been. Spiral out. Keep going..” – Tool – Lateralus This is just something I notice every … [Read more...]

Dusy Basin Solo Backpacking – The Art of Missing Out

I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip to Dusy Basin last September because I felt I needed it. Let’s just say it was a busy, crazy year. I wanted to disconnect for a bit. I remembered back to two years prior, when the PD, SocalHiker, and … [Read more...]

The outdoors, escapism, and selling hamburgers

Good morning, Cleveland National Forest As I pass the one month mark since Burger Bench has opened, my urge to have an outdoor adventure has increased incredibly. The restaurant has been very successful, beyond what we could have hoped for. Our … [Read more...]

What Does It Take To Backpack With Kids

  J-Man is 6 years old and I’m still surprised at the responses we get when other folks see us backpacking into the wilderness with him. When he was an infant and we hiked you would have thought I had an alien on my back. The comments, … [Read more...]

Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

Oakzanita Peak Panorama Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided … [Read more...]

Solving a 1904 Mystery – Is Elizabeth Pass misplaced on maps?

Where was this picture taken? You’re going to laugh. I am up to my sleuthing again. Recently I posted a lengthy blog post on recreating my 1987 trip to the Tunemah Trail based on photographs and sketchy evidence. Using Google Earth and other … [Read more...]

Tunemah Trail Backpacking Trip – A 1987 mystery unfolds

28-year-old Map of the Tunemah Trail Warning: Long Blog Post In 1987, I went on a backpacking trip to the Tunemah Trail near the LeConte and White Divides, in the Sierra Nevada. Using photos, maps, and cryptic captions, I performed research in 2015 … [Read more...]

Canadian Rockies – A gorgeous change of plans

Saskatchewan Glacier and a host of peaks from Parker Ridge Sometimes you don’t get the trip that you planned, but you get one that you need. Our trip to the Canadian Rockies started out a little rocky. Our plan was this: The PD and I would fly … [Read more...]

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic

Good morning, Cleveland National Forest On TV, YouTube, and social media, we constantly see images of people trekking over hundreds of miles, scaling ice walls, sailing across oceans, living out of their vans, and traversing crevasse-ridden … [Read more...]