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.Read More
When you’re looking for how big of a pack to get, keep in mind the duration of your trip, how much gear you’re bringing, how much your gear weights, and how big it is.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Learn what essentials to bring with you on a backpacking trip.Read More
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.
Learning to be comfortable hiking solo has been an extremely empowering experience.
Here are my tips for getting out there and hiking solo. It’s a process and your comfort for it won’t happen overnight.
Since I head off on a backpacking, car camping or ski trip almost every weekend, I’ve created a system for myself to make sure that I pack efficiently and effectively on Thursday night to be able to just take off from work on Friday.Read More
Because our “trail” was the road, it never got too steep. It stayed extremely gradual, which made for a perfect day! We were able to focus on the peaks and views ahead instead of worrying about the condition or steepness of the trail. Once we got to the Portal, there was so much snow! The Mt. Whitney trailhead sign was almost buried.Read More
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.Read More
Winter is beautiful, but it can also be very expensive. Since it gets too cold to camp (unless you have the gear for it) and snow sports can be financially taxing, it’s really easy to rack up a huge bill even when you’re trying to save. So how do you save money while still being able to enjoy winter sports?Read More
In the summer, this trail is a road, but in the winter, it’s unplowed which makes it the perfect trail to follow, and perfect for a beginner snowshoer or someone looking for a stroll through the woods.Read More
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.
You might be someone who is just getting into the outdoors. Maybe you went on your first hike last weekend or learned about Mt. Whitney last night. It’s easy to look at someone’s Instagram profile or blog and be too intimidated to get out there.Read More
Hot springs are one of the best ways to soak your sore muscles after a day hiking or on the slopes. They’re also in a prime location to take a soak and enjoy views of the Eastern Sierra’s.Read More
Whether you’re coming back to Mammoth to partake in winter activities or it’s your first time, here are 10 things to do in Mammoth this winter.Read More
I see this question every week: what do you do for work and money that allows you to travel all the time? I am a weekend warrior. It’s a lifestyle and if this is something that you want to do, move mountains and make it happen. You don’t need to quit your job (unless you want to).Read More
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.Read More