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 … [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...]

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 … [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...]

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 Hollon’s lanky frame, which bristled with … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]