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.

The Thrill of Discovery

Lately, my blog posts have been few and far between. As many of you know, I have been a little busy with a hamburger restaurant in Escondido. That doesn't mean I haven't been taking some time out and enjoying the outdoors. Just not as much as I'd … [Read more...]

The Thrill of Discovery

Lately, my blog posts have been few and far between. As many of you know, I have been a little busy with a hamburger restaurant in Escondido. That doesn't mean I haven't been taking some time out and enjoying the outdoors. Just not as much as I'd … [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...]

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 … [Read more...]

New 100 Peaks T-shirts available

I Like 2 Hike t-shirt Hello happy readers, I've designed another t-shirt over at Adayak.com that's now for sale.Show off your propensity for strapping on some boots and carrying several … [Read more...]

New 100 Peaks T-shirts available

I Like 2 Hike t-shirt Hello happy readers, I’ve designed another t-shirt over at Adayak.com that’s now for sale. Show off your propensity for strapping on some boots and carrying several pounds of water over great distances by proudly … [Read more...]

100 peaks in 100 hours – Two of San Diego’s best endurance athletes attempt the impossible

100 peaks in 100 hours, is it possible? "Can you clarify what you mean by non-stop?"We sat in a coffee shop, respective laptops open before us. I felt old and slow, sitting next to Nick … [Read more...]

100 peaks in 100 hours – Two of San Diego’s best endurance athletes attempt the impossible

100 peaks in 100 hours, is it possible? “Can you clarify what you mean by non-stop?” We sat in a coffee shop, respective laptops open before us. I felt old and slow, sitting next to Nick Hollon’s lanky frame, which bristled with … [Read more...]

100 Peaks makes the Union Tribune

Me, strolling on a bridge - Photo by Rick Nocon For those that already haven't seen it in my other social media streams, I was featured in a nice article in the San Diego Union Tribune. It was … [Read more...]

100 Peaks makes the Union Tribune

Me, strolling on a bridge – Photo by Rick Nocon For those that already haven’t seen it in my other social media streams, I was featured in a nice article in the San Diego Union Tribune. It was a fun interview with Doug Williams, and had a … [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 … [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 … [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...]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog back inside as soon as possible. However, my daughter wanted … [Read more...]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog … [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...]

Peak a Peak and Go – 100 Peaks Youth T-Shirt now available on Adayak

Twins in the canyon 100 Peaks Youth T-Shirts are now available at Adayak.com. They’ve been available for a while, but I forgot to post it here. What a savvy businessman I am! All versions of the t-shirt can be found there, too. Many of my … [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...]

Sequoia National Park – Where my love of the outdoors began

Panoramic view of Crescent Meadow Sequoia National Park. The first time I visited was when I was six. From my parents’ recollection, my memory, and faded photos, it was the quiet alternative to the more popular and iconic Yosemite National … [Read more...]

The 100 Peaks Blog Turns 6 – A Wildlife Photo Collection

Moose in Big Springs, Idaho It was 6 years ago on June 24th that I posted my first hike, to Iron Mountain. Since then, I’ve been a lot of interesting places and have seen a lot of interesting things. I normally do a photograph collection on … [Read more...]

YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp – Gear Review – A view with a zoom

The YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp Disclaimer: I was contacted by an extremely pleasant representative of YKS, a manufacturer in China, asking if I would review one of their products. The item, the YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED … [Read more...]

CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack – Gear Review

The CamelBak Rogue Disclaimer: Once again I was sent free gear from a vendor or manufacturer. This time, it was from Webtogs, an outdoor retailer in the UK that has been around for a while. They contacted me and offered me free gear with the … [Read more...]

CamelBak Rogue Hydration Pack – Gear Review

The CamelBak Rogue Disclaimer: Once again I was sent free gear from a vendor or manufacturer. This time, it was from Webtogs, an outdoor retailer in the UK that has been around for a while. They contacted me and offered me free gear with the … [Read more...]