It’s less than a month until I’m heading out to Patagonia for a 2-week bikepacking trip. Before heading out, I wanted to do a trial run to make sure my bike and all my gear work and to get a feel for where everything goes on the bike.Continue reading “San Francisco Bay Area overnight bike packing trip”
Emigrant Wilderness is in Stanislaus National Forest, North of Yosemite. Like Yosemite, it has towering granite mountains and spectacular alpine lakes. But it’s much less crowded than its neighbor to the South, offering more solitude.Continue reading “Emigrant Wilderness backpacking loop”
Ultralight backpacking is all about enjoying nature. You want to bring everything you need: nothing more, nothing less. But how do you know what you need? The answer is proper planning.Continue reading “How to plan an ultralight backpacking trip”
As I was hanging up my gear to dry after my recent trip to Colorado, I happened to notice something odd with my XLite inflatable pad. The insulation was gone.Continue reading “NeoAir XLite feeling cold? Check the insulation”
For me, the best way to learn new skills is to work with experts. Most of my backpacking has been on established trails until now. I wanted to learn the skills needed to safely and confidently start planning my own off-trail adventures. Andrew Skurka is one of the backpackers who I’ve followed online for several years. I’ve learned a lot from his insightful articles and videos, so when I saw that he’s arranging guided trips, I knew I wanted to go on one.Continue reading “Colorado adventure trip with Andrew Skurka [Trip report]”
I’ve been trying to find a good hiking watch for a long time. When Apple Watch 4 came out with its improved sensors, I wanted to see how well it would work as a GPS watch. The watch and software were leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, but it didn’t work well for what I needed it. The hiking view offered minimal useful info, not even altitude. The battery only lasted for a few hours of activity, making it less than ideal for long-distance hiking.Continue reading “Garmin Fenix 6 vs Suunto 9 in-depth comparison”
Day 10 – 25.4 miles, 4100 ft ascent.
Today would be a long day. I started my climb up towards Muir Pass just after 7. Muir Pass would be the snowiest pass on the entire trail. Just a week before I headed out, the satellite images showed several miles of nonstop snow cover.Continue reading “JMT: Evolution Lake to Upper Palisade Lake”
Day 9 – 20.6 miles, 3700 ft ascent.
I slept well after the long day. I had some breakfast, packed up camp, and headed toward Muir Trail Ranch for my resupply. I was only a few miles from MTR, and it was all downhill. I ate my last Snickers bar on the just before I arrived. So far, my food planning was spot on.Continue reading “JMT: Senger Creek to Evolution Lake”
Day 8 – 20.3 miles, 4400 ft ascent.
I woke up at 6, so I would have enough time to get everything in order before the morning ferry back to the other side of the lake. I packed up my tent and waited for the restaurant to open.Continue reading “JMT: VVR to Senger Creek”
Day 7 – 15.2 miles, 1900 ft ascent.
Even though I camped well above the lake, I woke up to a wet tent and quilt. The sun wasn’t hitting my campsite yet, so I packed up everything wet and got going. I figured I’d stop later to dry out everything.Continue reading “JMT: Virginia Lake to VVR”