As I got more into hiking, I finally stopped stealing my brother’s toe socks, got my own, started learning about the benefits like blister prevention, total foot utilization, and moisture management, and learned about the different fabrics. Now I can’t imagine wearing anything else for hiking.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Since Sequoia was a puppy, she’s been very prone to ticks. A month after I adopted her, I pulled 14 ticks off of her in one day. From there, I quickly learned about how to prevent ticks on her and how to pull them out correctly.Read More
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.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
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.
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
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
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
When to go? Where to camp? What rules to follow? Sample itinerary? Read on!Read More
With over 6,700 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?Read More
Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is a strenuous 13 miles round trip hike with 1,774 feet of elevation gain. After Shadow Lake, you will keep going. You’re about 3 miles from Ediza Lake.Read More
The trailhead is just south of Dorst Campground from the Generals Highway and marked by a large sign on the side of the road. It then opens up at the top of a granite dome with 360-degree views!Read More
Hume Lake and Weaver Lake are the two easily accessible lakes in the Sequoia National Park. Both lakes are great for swimming in, taking a dip and your pup can come along on the trip!Read More
Wildfires, are harmful to humans, but they’re an essential part of the ecosystem. It’s just part of what nature does to keep itself balanced, and part of what makes it so beautiful. But what do you do if a wildfire starts while you’re on the trail?Read More