Day 2 – 13.4 miles, 4270 ft ascent.
The first night was warm, and I woke up as the sun was rising. I had a short day ahead of me, so I was in no hurry. I ate breakfast and packed up camp, and was on the trail after 7.
Continue reading “JMT: Little Yosemite Valley to Upper Cathedral Lake”
Finally, after months of planning and training, I was heading up to Yosemite to start the John Muir Trail!
Continue reading “JMT: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley”
I already had a lot of backpacking experience before the trip. I had even thru-hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail the previous summer. But the JMT would be quite different. Much higher in elevation longer stretches between resupplies. I wanted to be ready.
Continue reading “My (almost) ultralight JMT gear list”
I’m preparing to hike the John Muir Trail in just two weeks, and this was my last chance to dial in my gear and get some trail miles in. With the big snow year that we’ve had in 2019, I wanted to pick a section with a bit of snow so I could also verify that my gear worked well in that.
Continue reading “TRT section hike: Van Sickle to Echo Summit”
Arguably, one of the biggest challenges of hiking the JMT comes months before the actual hike: getting permits to hike the trail. If you really want to hike the John Muir Trail, you can’t leave it up to a lottery.
Continue reading “How I got my JMT permit – tips”
One thing I wanted to try out on my trip to the Trinity Alps was recording a trip video. You can find the route description and gear list in the previous blog post if you are interested.
Continue reading “Video: Sapphire and Emerald Lakes in the Trinity Alps”
The Trinity Alps are a spectacular wilderness area in Northern California, within driving distance from the SF Bay Area. They offer rugged alpine views with a lot less crowds than most places in the Sierra. This is a trip report from my 2-night backpacking trip along Stuart Fork in June 2019.
Continue reading “Trinity Alps backpacking: Sapphire and Emerald Lakes”
In December 2017, I was talking with a friend in Finland about hiking, and he mentioned that he had hiked something called the Fjällräven Classic in Sweden. He had a blast and recommended that I check out the USA edition of the event that would be held in Colorado in June 2018.
Continue reading “Fjällräven Classic USA backpacking trip report”
Henry Coe is one of the largest state parks in California Less than an hour from the South Bay Area, it’s a great place to get out in nature without having to drive too far. I often don’t run into more than one or two other hikers on a long weekend trip.
Continue reading “Backpacking to Pacheco Falls in Henry Coe”
I hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail in July and August of 2018. It was my first thru-hike. Even though I had been backpacking in the past, there were a few things I learned along the way. Some were specific to the trail, and others were more general and something I can use in my future adventures.
Continue reading “TRT: Lessons learned – what would I do differently next time?”