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Flattop Mountain Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park
Flattop Mountain Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Flattop Mountain Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park

Flattop Mountain is an excellent introduction to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The 8.8 mile out and back trail passes a bit of everything including alpine lakes, forest, treeline, and tundra.  The trail starts at the Bear Lake Trailhead at 9475…

Looking Backwards 2017: Technology Hiker Outdoor Adventures
Looking Backwards 2017: Technology Hiker Outdoor Adventures

Looking Backwards 2017: Technology Hiker Outdoor Adventures

2017 was another outstanding year for exploring the outdoors.  Thank you to my family and friends who have supported me.  Highlights include: Family Adventures Most of my 2017 adventures involved family.  My three year old backpacked for the first time…

Best Planning Sites for California Alpine & Mountaineering Climbs
Best Planning Sites for California Alpine & Mountaineering Climbs

Best Planning Sites for California Alpine & Mountaineering Climbs

California offers many of the best American alpine & mountaineering objectives.  One of the biggest challenges is where and when to climb.  Fortunately, California (CA) has many resources to help mountaineers find the next climb.  Here are a few of…

Backpacking with Kids to Camp Lake in Emigrant Wilderness
Backpacking with Kids to Camp Lake in Emigrant Wilderness

Backpacking with Kids to Camp Lake in Emigrant Wilderness

Granite peaks, cool mountain lakes, and a relatively easy permit system make the Emigrant Wilderness an excellent destination.  The 113,000 acre Emigrant Wilderness borders Yosemite National Park to the north shares many of Yosemite’s features.   In July I went backpacking…

Heather Lake Snowshoe in Sequoia National Park
Heather Lake Snowshoe in Sequoia National Park

Heather Lake Snowshoe in Sequoia National Park

Adventures that often do not go according to plan make for the best memories.  In late May, Mark my frequent adventure partner and I visited Sequoia National Park.  Heather Lake, Pear Lake, and Alta Peak (11,204 feet) were our destinations…

Monte Bello Backpacking with Kids above the Clouds
Monte Bello Backpacking with Kids above the Clouds

Monte Bello Backpacking with Kids above the Clouds

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is one of the best introductory backpacking trips in the Bay Area.  This Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) protects a watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains about Palo Alto.  The Black Mountain Backpack Camp…

Big Basin State Park Packrafting on Waddell Creek
Big Basin State Park Packrafting on Waddell Creek

Big Basin State Park Packrafting on Waddell Creek

Not all adventures turn out as planned.  I recently hiked and packrafted Waddell Creek in Big Basin State Park.  Big Basin is California’s oldest State Park.  The 30+ mile Skyline to the Sea trail bisects Big Basin as it descends…