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...]