5 Way to Efficiently Pack for a Trip

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.

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Snowshoeing to Whitney Portal

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.

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11 Things I Learned My First Summer Backpacking

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.

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How to Make Ski Resorts Affordable

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?

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Getting John Muir Trail Permits

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.

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We All Start Somewhere

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.

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Mammoth Hot Springs

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.

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Hiking and Traveling Around a 9 to 5 Job

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).

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5 Ways to Save Money on Gear

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.

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How to Talk to Your Boss About Time Off

Whether your planning for the 221 mile John Muir Trail, just need a few days to go car camping in the Sequoia National Park, or you want 2 weeks to trek to Everest Base Camp, here’s how you talk to your boss about taking time off.

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The Mt. Whitney Permit Process

With over 6,200 feet of elevation gain on the trail, Mt. Whitney stands at 14,505 feet and is the highest point in the lower 48 states. So you’ve decided to hike to the top?

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