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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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

Get to Mount Whitney from a different angle “We’ll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one’s been. Spiral out. Keep going..” – Tool – Lateralus This is just something I notice every … [Read more...]

Dusy Basin Solo Backpacking – The Art of Missing Out

I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip to Dusy Basin last September because I felt I needed it. Let’s just say it was a busy, crazy year. I wanted to disconnect for a bit.I remembered back to two years prior, when the PD, SocalHiker, and I zoomed … [Read more...]

Dusy Basin Solo Backpacking – The Art of Missing Out

I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip to Dusy Basin last September because I felt I needed it. Let’s just say it was a busy, crazy year. I wanted to disconnect for a bit. I remembered back to two years prior, when the PD, SocalHiker, and … [Read more...]

Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Sedona from The Red Rock Visitor Center Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn't have to come up with the destination. I … [Read more...]

Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Sedona from The Red Rock Visitor Center Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn’t have to come up with the destination. I asked my wife and daughter where they wanted to go and … [Read more...]

Laguna Meadow – A late winter family outing

Heading through the forest to Laguna Meadow Back in February, it was a gorgeous winter day. There was a chill in the air, but spring was on its way. I carved a day out on the calendar away from … [Read more...]

Laguna Meadow – A late winter family outing

  Heading through the forest to Laguna Meadow Back in February, it was a gorgeous winter day. There was a chill in the air, but spring was on its way. I carved a day out on the calendar away from Burger Bench. I wanted to take my family on a … [Read more...]