Posts in Thru-Hiking
John Muir Trail: Tuolumne Meadow to Angew Meadow

The trail starts from Tuolumne Meadows and follows the river until the ascent up Donahue Pass. As you climb higher and higher, you have expansive views of the meadows below and where you hiked from. You get a great view of Mt. Lyell and Lyell Glacier right underneath it. And you’ll pass a couple of pristine alpine lakes.

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Guide to Preventing and Repelling Ticks

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.

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How to Prevent Blisters on Hikes

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.

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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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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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High Sierra Trail Day 7 - Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney to Whitney Portal

It became about the journey, the other places I saw along the way, and the people I shared the experience with. We literally saw some of the most beautiful places in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

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High Sierra Trail Day 4 - Big Arroyo Junction to Kern Hot Spring

We woke up chilly to frozen socks (I had an extra pair that did not freeze) and frozen shoes. I brought toe warmers with me and did jumping jacks to warm up while making breakfast and packing up.

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Planning the High Sierra Trail Thru-Hike

The 72 mile trail starts in the West from Crescent Meadows in the Sequoia National Park and runs to the East across the mountain range to the Mt. Whitney summit and down to Whitney Portal.

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