Outdoorist Guide to Glacier National Park

I spent a week in Glacier National Park–my first time there–and just, whoa. Montana has a reputation for being one of the last wild frontiers, and this parcel of public land is a true testament to that. My experience felt particularly charmed. It was … [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 … [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...]

What Does It Take To Backpack With Kids

  J-Man is 6 years old and I’m still surprised at the responses we get when other folks see us backpacking into the wilderness with him. When he was an infant and we hiked you would have thought I had an alien on my back. The comments, … [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...]

Solving a 1904 Mystery – Is Elizabeth Pass misplaced on maps?

Where was this picture taken? You’re going to laugh. I am up to my sleuthing again. Recently I posted a lengthy blog post on recreating my 1987 trip to the Tunemah Trail based on photographs and sketchy evidence. Using Google Earth and other … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Backpacking Is More Than Just Backpacking

  Last month we backpacked into Blue Lakes in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The San Juans are an amazing range of the Rocky Mountains that have awe inspiring peaks, mountain passes with elevations of 11,000ft+ that will take you into the … [Read more...]

Backpacking Is More Than Just Backpacking

  Last month we backpacked into Blue Lakes in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The San Juans are an amazing range of the Rocky Mountains that have awe inspiring peaks, mountain passes with elevations of 11,000ft+ that will take you into the … [Read more...]

Our Team: Brian of Brian’s Backpacking Blog

My love of the outdoors started at a very early age, almost as far back as I can remember. I was born in the south of England at a time when spending all day outdoors as a small kid was considered perfectly normal. I was the youngest of four … [Read more...]

Our Team: John Roan, the Mountain UltraLight guy

I'm John Roan,  Trail Sherpa contributor and author of Mountain UltraLight, the outdoor blog with a nerdy twist. I have always loved the wilderness, but once I discovered ultralight backpacking, I became an addict; uhm, make that fanatic. … [Read more...]

Our Team: Rebecca of Calipidder.com

Someone recently called me "The Perfect Woman: Equal parts computer nerd and mountain sports freak." I believe the topic of conversation started around my dirty nails and calloused hands one morning at the climbing gym, but I took it as a … [Read more...]