Winter Wandering in the Western Sierras

Winter Wandering in the Western Sierras

Too many consider climate change to be a future threat that we can ignore today while hoping our children and grandchildren will deal with the problem. (Hey, Uncle Jack and Mike B.! How are you guys doing?) While that mindset regrettably dominates domestic politics in...
Intro to the Big SEKI Loop

Intro to the Big SEKI Loop

The John Muir Trail gets most of the press, but it isn’t the only inspiring distance trail in California’s Sierra Nevadas. For those who have already tackled the JMT or who want the convenience of a circuit hike, the Big SEKI Loop is a perfect option for exploring...
Mile 211 Already

Mile 211 Already

In Part 3 of my JMT trip, I have another distant brush with a backcountry airlift, connect with Taylor after his bruising trip up Taboose Pass, avoid getting fried by lightning on a 12,000 ft pass, and reach Mt. Whitney after 211 miles. If you need a refresher or...
Airlifts and Zero Days, the Yin and Yang of the JMT

Airlifts and Zero Days, the Yin and Yang of the JMT

In part 2 of my JMT trip run-down, I have my first close(-ish) encounter with a backcountry airlift and wallow in a lazy zero day at Upper Palisade Lake. Here’s Part 1 if you missed it. Day 5 Day 5 was relatively short and easy thanks to the extra hours I put in...
Prettiest 400-Mile Long Chunk of Granite You’ll Ever See

Prettiest 400-Mile Long Chunk of Granite You’ll Ever See

I’ve been looking forward to hiking the entire JMT for years. Somehow the trip managed to surpass my wildest expectations despite the years of buildup. It was worth every second I had to wait. Pre-Hike The trip began on August 8 with a mad dash around...