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.

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...]

Have I lost my mountain mojo?

Photo Credit Vern Dewit – http://verndewit.com/ About 9 months ago, I read the following paragraph in a blog about summiting spectacular peaks in the Canadian Rockies. I had been reading this blog for several years and his posts about the peaks … [Read more...]

Dpower Backpacking Stove – Simple and affordable – Gear Review

The Dpower stove connected to gas 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 Dpower backpacking stove reviewed in this article, … [Read more...]

d.light Solar Lighting – Rugged, Lightweight, and Affordable – Gear Review

d.light S20 Family Lantern In June of 2014, after reading a review, I purchased the d.light LED Solar Rechargeable #S20 Area Lantern. The lantern was designed as an alternative to kerosene lamps for developing countries, where, in many cases, … [Read more...]

Peak 3339 – Peak 71 – A rocky peak at the edge of the desert

The green desert meadow Peak 3339 Elevation: 3,339′ Miles: 6.6 Trailhead Agency: McCain Valley National Wildlife Area (BLM) When scanning the list of remaining peaks I have on the San Diego 100 Peaks list, I realized there was one that wasn’t … [Read more...]

Listen to my interview on the S’more Outdoor Podcast

  A few weeks back, I was interviewed on a wonderful podcast called the S’more Outdoor Podcast. The podcast is devoted to understanding how the outdoors can impact us positively. I had a great time on the show and I hope my enthusiasm … [Read more...]

Big Black Mountain – SD Peak #70 – My first section hike

At the trailhead to Big Black Mountain in Pamo Valley Big Black Mountain Elevation: 4,051′ Miles: 14.2 Trail head Agency: Cleveland National Forest Section hiking: hiking a trail one section at a time, without continuity and not necessarily in … [Read more...]

Sorry, folks, about the retro posts

I’ve been porting some old posts from may manual blogging days into this blog. I disconnected all social sharing and unchecked some boxes regarding notifying you guys. For those that received so many updates, I am sorry! I thought I was being … [Read more...]

Why I Hike Alone

Doesn’t this guy look happy? About 2 and a half years ago, I posted the tweet below: There's a lot of sensible talk about never hiking alone, but there's something magical about having a mountain to yourself. — 100 Peaks … [Read more...]

Gear Review – Columbia’s Men’s Diamond 890 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket – My current favorite backpacking jacket – #omniten

Disclaimer: I received the Diamond 890 TurboDown Jacket for free while on a trip wholly funded by Columbia Sportswear. They were the best hosts one could imagine. I received a ton of gear and I am giving my honest opinion of this jacket, since … [Read more...]

Gear Review – Columbia’s Men’s Diamond 890 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket – My current favorite backpacking jacket – #omniten

Disclaimer: I received the Diamond 890 TurboDown Jacket for free while on a trip wholly funded by Columbia Sportswear. They were the best hosts one could imagine. I received a ton of gear and I am giving my honest opinion of this jacket, since … [Read more...]

Lanilili – A fun and muddy hike to a peak on Maui

The view a little bit up the trail While scanning the map of Maui, I was struggling to see where I could hike to a peak. There’s Haleakala, which is a drive-up peak, and there’s Pu’u Kukui, where you have to know someone in order to … [Read more...]

Lanilili – A fun and muddy hike to a peak on Maui

The view a little bit up the trail While scanning the map of Maui, I was struggling to see where I could hike to a peak. There’s Haleakala, which is a drive-up peak, and there’s Pu’u Kukui, where you have to know someone in order to … [Read more...]

Haleakala Sunrise – Crowded and cold, but worth it

Haleakala Sunrise “This had better be worth it,” I muttered to myself as I hopped up and down to stay warm. We had risen at 3:30AM to drive up to the top of Maui, along with half of the island, it seemed, to witness the Haleakala Sunrise. … [Read more...]

Haleakala Sunrise – Crowded and cold, but worth it

Haleakala Sunrise “This had better be worth it,” I muttered to myself as I hopped up and down to stay warm. We had risen at 3:30AM to drive up to the top of Maui, along with half of the island, it seemed, to witness the Haleakala Sunrise. … [Read more...]

Green Valley Campground – A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

I knew that Veteran’s Day was coming up and Soph wouldn’t have school, so I decided to take her to Cuyamaca for the night. Her cousins wanted to join her, too. So, three of us fathers, with a total of four daughters packed up two family … [Read more...]

Green Valley Campground – A short overnight camping trip in Cuyamaca

I knew that Veteran’s Day was coming up and Soph wouldn’t have school, so I decided to take her to Cuyamaca for the night. Her cousins wanted to join her, too. So, three of us fathers, with a total of four daughters packed up two family … [Read more...]

Foot pain diagnosis: Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma For those of you who were wondering how my feet were doing, since I mentioned how painful they were in my trips to San Gorgonio and the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra, they are doing a little better. Not a lot, but there has been … [Read more...]

Foot pain diagnosis: Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma For those of you who were wondering how my feet were doing, since I mentioned how painful they were in my trips to San Gorgonio and the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra, they are doing a little better. Not a lot, but there has been … [Read more...]

Cemetery Hill – SD Peak #69 – A Short Backpacking Trip Bathed in Sunset Light

The area around Cemetery Hill Cemetery Hill Elevation: 3,459′ Total Mileage: 3.6 Trailhead Map Agency: Cleveland National Forest I had gotten settled back into San Diego. It had been a couple of months since the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra. I had … [Read more...]