A Year in Pictures – 2019 was a year of traveling

2019 was a pretty amazing year for travel. Roughly 23% of my year was spent away from home. I saw landscapes all over the world. … [Read more...]

A Year in Pictures – 2019 was a year of traveling

2019 was a pretty amazing year for travel. Roughly 23% of my year was spent away from home. I saw landscapes all over the world. … [Read more...]

Peaks 74 & 75 – Wilson Benchmark and Pinyon Ridge (4614) – A perfect desert day

Peak 74: Wilson BenchmarkElevation: 4,573’Peak 75: Pinyon Ridge HPElevation: 4,614’Total Mileage: 8.7Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkIt was an ideal December day for a nice desert hike. Big clouds were amassing overhead without any … [Read more...]

Peaks 74 & 75 – Wilson Benchmark and Pinyon Ridge (4614) – A perfect desert day

Peak 74: Wilson BenchmarkElevation: 4,573’Peak 75: Pinyon Ridge HPElevation: 4,614’Total Mileage: 8.7Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkIt was an ideal December day for a nice desert hike. Big clouds were amassing overhead without any … [Read more...]

Clevenger Canyon North Viewpoint – Peak #73

Clevenger Canyon North ViewpointElevation: 1,727’Total Mileage: ~4.9Trailhead MapAgency: City of San Diego Park and Recreation DepartmentOfficial Trail Map: City of San Diego PDFIt was a warm day when I pulled up to the trailhead on the north side of … [Read more...]

Clevenger Canyon North Viewpoint – Peak #73

Clevenger Canyon North ViewpointElevation: 1,727’Total Mileage: ~4.9Trailhead MapAgency: City of San Diego Park and Recreation DepartmentOfficial Trail Map: City of San Diego PDFIt was a warm day when I pulled up to the trailhead on the north side of … [Read more...]

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – A charming book with real advice

Note: I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.I remember reading an early copy of this book years ago. I received it as a gift and was delighted by the humorous tone as the author delved into potentially … [Read more...]

The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – A charming book with real advice

Note: I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.I remember reading an early copy of this book years ago. I received it as a gift and was delighted by the humorous tone as the author delved into potentially … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Camping: Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories

Written by Hoa LorangerThis past summer, I embarked on my first mother-daughter camping trip. The idea actually came from my friend, Cara. And it was the best idea ever!Hanging out in the outdoors is not new to me. It’s my family’s way of life. The … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Camping: Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories

Written by Hoa LorangerThis past summer, I embarked on my first mother-daughter camping trip. The idea actually came from my friend, Cara. And it was the best idea ever!Hanging out in the outdoors is not new to me. It’s my family’s way of life. The … [Read more...]

Mother-Daughter Camping: Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories

Written by Hoa LorangerThis past summer, I embarked on my first mother-daughter camping trip. The idea actually came from my friend, Cara. And it was the best idea ever!Hanging out in the outdoors is not new to me. It’s my family’s way of life. The … [Read more...]

Backpacking to frozen Long Lake on the Bishop Pass Trail

Last summer, Sophia and I went on her first Sierra Nevada backpacking trip. She was hooked. Since her summer vacation was only two months long and was already nearly full with travel plans, we decided to head to the mountains right after her school … [Read more...]

Backpacking to frozen Long Lake on the Bishop Pass Trail

Last summer, Sophia and I went on her first Sierra Nevada backpacking trip. She was hooked. Since her summer vacation was only two months long and was already nearly full with travel plans, we decided to head to the mountains right after her school … [Read more...]

100 Peaks Turns 10 – What an adventure it’s been!

The BeginningWhen I started the idea of 100 Peaks in 2009, I had been blogging already since 2003, but was looking for something focused. I was a technology contractor, so had a flexible schedule. I had also heard about content management systems … [Read more...]

100 Peaks Turns 10 – What an adventure it’s been!

The BeginningWhen I started the idea of 100 Peaks in 2009, I had been blogging already since 2003, but was looking for something focused. I was a technology contractor, so had a flexible schedule. I had also heard about content management systems … [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...]

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...]

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...]