30-mile overnighter in California’s Emigrant Wilderness

30-mile overnighter in California’s Emigrant Wilderness

2020 has been a tough year for backpacking in California. Most parks and forests were closed in the early season due to COVID restrictions. After a short summer, the Californa fire season kicked in, forcing most Californians to stay home for almost two months because of unhealthy smoke levels. 

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Bay Area bikepacking trip to the beach and redwoods

Bay Area bikepacking trip to the beach and redwoods

The 2020 fire season in California was brutal. Many of the trails near the Bay Area that I’ve hiked in the winter went up in smoke. The fire in the Santa Cruz mountains meant that the alternate routes I planned before my last bikepacking trip through Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and Big Basin were no longer options.

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Hetch Hetchy backpacking trip (3 days, 31 miles)

Hetch Hetchy backpacking trip (3 days, 31 miles)

Trip date: May 7-9, 2021.

The third time’s the charm. After two unsuccessful plans to hike in Hetch Hetchy (the first one because of an early snowstorm and the second because of COVID closures), I was finally headed to explore the northern parts of Yosemite National Park. I was joined by Brandon and Steve, the same guys I backpacked with in Kings Canyon last summer, certified ultralight nerds and awesome adventurers.

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