Hiking Santa Barbara, San Diego, and beyond, one peak at a time. I encourage people to get outside, promote stewardship of the outdoors, and engage people in the spirit of the wilderness. Feel free to reach out to me with questions.

Big Agnes Tents – Why I’ll be a customer for life

Note: Big Agnes has done nothing other than provide me with excellent customer service.Some companies get it. They have class and approach their customers as valuable assets. They know that the experience of the customer is just as good as the … [Read more...]

Big Agnes Tents – Why I’ll be a customer for life

Note: Big Agnes has done nothing other than provide me with excellent customer service.Some companies get it. They have class and approach their customers as valuable assets. They know that the experience of the customer is just as good as the … [Read more...]

Eagle Rock – Peak 72 – A pleasant stroll through the grasslands

Eagle RockElevation: 3,520′Total Mileage: ~6.5Trailhead MapAgency: Vista Irrigation DistrictOn a warm day in early fall, Soph and I headed out to Warner Springs to hike to Eagle Rock. We had our usual conversations, looking out the … [Read more...]

Eagle Rock – Peak 72 – A pleasant stroll through the grasslands

Eagle RockElevation: 3,520′Total Mileage: ~6.5Trailhead MapAgency: Vista Irrigation DistrictOn a warm day in early fall, Soph and I headed out to Warner Springs to hike to Eagle Rock. We had our usual conversations, looking out the … [Read more...]

2018 – A year in review

As in most years, our first day was spent on the trail. … [Read more...]

2018 – A year in review

As in most years, our first day was spent on the trail. … [Read more...]

Treasure Lakes Backpacking – Sophia’s first time overnight in the Sierra

What follows is a paper that my daughter wrote for a 5th grade project. We had gone up to Parchers Resort this summer, one of my favorite places outside Bishop, to spend one night in a cabin and one night backpacking to Treasure Lakes out of South … [Read more...]

Treasure Lakes Backpacking – Sophia’s first time overnight in the Sierra

What follows is a paper that my daughter wrote for a 5th grade project. We had gone up to Parchers Resort this summer, one of my favorite places outside Bishop, to spend one night in a cabin and one night backpacking to Treasure Lakes out of South … [Read more...]

Path of the Puma – The Amazing Return of the American Lion

When Patagonia (the outdoor retailer) said they’d send me a book on mountain lion research, I jumped at the chance. Mountain lions have fascinated me for years.The book is Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion by Jim … [Read more...]

Path of the Puma – The Amazing Return of the American Lion

When Patagonia (the outdoor retailer) said they’d send me a book on mountain lion research, I jumped at the chance. Mountain lions have fascinated me for years.The book is Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience of the Mountain Lion by Jim … [Read more...]

Backpacking Whale Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Gathering the PD and his daughter, Soph and I headed out to Whale Peak in January to not only collect another peak for her, but to enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert. I had been there twice already, but never to camp.We approached from the north … [Read more...]

Backpacking Whale Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Gathering the PD and his daughter, Soph and I headed out to Whale Peak in January to not only collect another peak for her, but to enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert. I had been there twice already, but never to camp.We approached from the north … [Read more...]

Mount Langley – Not a summit, but still a success

My campsite at 11,500’ I was exhausted. I had no appetite. The afternoon clouds dropped rain on the valley below, but only sprinkles landed on me. I sat on a boulder at my campsite, staring at … [Read more...]

Mount Langley – Not a summit, but still a success

My campsite at 11,500’ I was exhausted. I had no appetite. The afternoon clouds dropped rain on the valley below, but only sprinkles landed on me. I sat on a boulder at my campsite, staring at … [Read more...]

Hiking for Happiness – A Shift in Focus

There's been a big shift in my hiking lately. I am not sure how to describe it. Burger Bench has both taken a lot of my time, but also, now that it's in its third year of being in business, it's been giving me back some of that time.On one hand, I am … [Read more...]

Hiking for Happiness – A Shift in Focus

There's been a big shift in my hiking lately. I am not sure how to describe it. Burger Bench has both taken a lot of my time, but also, now that it's in its third year of being in business, it's been giving me back some of that time.On one hand, I am … [Read more...]

East Boulder Lake in the Trinity Alps – Our 2017 Summer Backpacking Trip

Our Campsite at East Boulder Lake Once again, I was faced with the joy and challenge of planning a backpacking trip for the PD and me. And once again, I was tasked with crafting a trip that … [Read more...]

East Boulder Lake in the Trinity Alps – Our 2017 Summer Backpacking Trip

Our Campsite at East Boulder Lake Once again, I was faced with the joy and challenge of planning a backpacking trip for the PD and me. And once again, I was tasked with crafting a trip that … [Read more...]

Back to Banff – This time with family

After my trip to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with the PD back in 2015, I wanted to take my family there. The area is spectacular and I knew they would enjoy it as much as I did. In 2016, I headed back with my family and we enjoyed someone the same … [Read more...]

Back to Banff – This time with family

After my trip to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with the PD back in 2015, I wanted to take my family there. The area is spectacular and I knew they would enjoy it as much as I did. In 2016, I headed back with my family and we enjoyed someone the same … [Read more...]

100 Peaks Update – A long time coming

Due to a ton of factors, it's been pretty quiet around here. That doesn't mean I haven't been enjoying the outdoors, it's just that things have been getting in the way of my writing. Burger Bench has been keeping me pretty busy, and our family moved … [Read more...]

100 Peaks Update – A long time coming

Due to a ton of factors, it's been pretty quiet around here. That doesn't mean I haven't been enjoying the outdoors, it's just that things have been getting in the way of my writing. Burger Bench has been keeping me pretty busy, and our family moved … [Read more...]

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

"We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.Spiral out. Keep going..." - Tool - LateralusThis is just something I notice every year. Spring rolls around and I see everyone talking about the Mount Whitney lottery. Are you … [Read more...]

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

"We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.Spiral out. Keep going..." - Tool - LateralusThis is just something I notice every year. Spring rolls around and I see everyone talking about the Mount Whitney lottery. Are you … [Read more...]