The hike to Minaret Lake was one of my favorite hikes. It’s challenging but the elevation gain is spaced out enough that you don’t feel the burn as much. The views are stunning and around every turn, they just keep getting better and better.
Ticks can be dangerous, but don’t be afraid to get outdoors because of them! There are ways to protect yourself and your pets! Through my experience with ticks, I’ve educated myself on how to get outdoors safely.
I was in paradise but I couldn’t enjoy the place as much as I wanted to because of my horrible blisters. I have a couple of pain points that consistently get them, around my heel and on my big toe. Looking back, I wish I knew more about how to prevent them when I went, it would have made the whole experience more enjoyable overall.
Like most, I've struggled with bad knee pain on the trail, especially the steep downhill sections. After much research and talking to doctors on what to do about my knee pain, how to prevent it and how to deal with it on the trail, here is what works for me.
I decided to transition into backpacking because I wanted to be able to explore a certain area more and to be able to go further into the wilderness than a day hike would allow. The transition can be scary and intimidating, especially when you meet backpackers who have been doing it for 30 years. But we all start somewhere.
This paradise is nestled on the Havasupai Reservation next to the Grand Canyon and has become a huge attraction due to the turquoise waterfalls flowing against the bright red rocks of the Arizona desert.
In the backcountry, food is fuel. Your body digests it and uses it for energy to help you make it up and over a hard pass, to the summit, to camp for the night, to your destination and then back to the car.
Having a quality sleep system is extremely important in ensuring you get a good night under the stars. I walk you through the different types of sleeping pads and how to choose the right one for your adventure.
Having a good night rest can make or break a camping trip. There are so many different choices out there that it can be hard to choose. I’ve broken down the different factors to consider when selecting the right sleeping bag for you.
I’ve seen the most beautiful sunrises on Mt. Whitney time and time again, nothing compares to watching the whole mountain light up pink in the sunrise glow. Now that you’ve gotten your permit, you know what you're getting yourself into, and you are getting prepared for this stunning hike, let’s get into the trail report.
I really wanted to be able to spend more time in the mountains, to go further than I could on a day hike and to really experience the mountains. So I gathered my gear, booked permits and spent the summer doing everything from short weekend trips to a 72 mile thru-hike. Also that summer, I learned a few lessons about backpacking that newbies may not know.
I break down the whole permit system, including permits leaving Yosemite heading SOBO, permits heading NOBO, section hikes and basically every way you can get a permit to end up on the John Muir Trail.
Regardless if you're a newbie hiker and just getting everything, or you’re upgrading 10-year-old gear that was handed down to you from your parents, here are the ways that I save money when shopping for gear.
In the last year, I’ve been more sensitive to altitude as my body take the time to acclimate. Boost Oxygen helps your body as your acclimating, almost like a supplement that helps the acclimation process.
The water looks clean because it’s runoff from the melting snow in the High Country. But waterborne diseases such as Giardia and E-Coli are common in our natural water sources, especially in California.