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Nomadic Once Again

I am currently laying in a tent in Visalia, California. It is almost 9pm and still over 90 degrees out. Before two days ago I was completely ignorant to the fact that Visalia was even a location people camped, but little did I know there is a cute little KOA campsite here, the perfect stop on the way to the Western Sierras. As I lay here there are 13 people outside my tent, some busying themselves with making spaghetti and…

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My Dream Backpacking Kit

Gear is the double edge sword of every outdoorsy person. On the one hand, I can't really think of anyone who doesn't get excited by a trip to RIE and who isn't thrilled about trying out new things on the trail, mountain, or crag. At the same time gear is expensive, and sometimes unnecessary, I mean how many times have you seen some poor hiker weighed down by a lot of unnecessary stuff? I have definitely been that person before. When…

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Death Valley: Rivers and Roads Till I Meet You (Part 1)

A few weeks ago I randomly got into a conversation on Instagram with a friend of a friend. He looked really fun and seemed to love adventure and the outdoors, so over a gorgeous photo of some hot springs in Bishop (that not very many people know about) a conversation was struck, and almost immediately after, plans were made leaving late the next evening after work, venturing  into the dark and the desert with a complete stranger on faith and…

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Hiking Big Horn Mine

A few weeks back I decided to spend my Friday out in Big Horn Sheep country in the San Gabriel Mountains. The original plan had been to head out early and summit Mt. Baden Powel, I was all set, I even had crampons that I had bought so I could stay safe while walking over ice. With some research the night before, however, I decided that there was a bit too much ice and I had too little experience with…

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Joshua Tree Adventures [Video]

Finally got around to getting this video together from mine and my friend Justin's camping trip to Joshua Tree three weeks ago.  It was my first time ever there, but definitely, won't be my last. We had such a blast camping at Indian Cove and Jumbo Rocks as well as doing a couple hikes. The weather was perfect and we were able to wander aimlessly through the desert for a few hours without worrying about the heat. Hopefully, I will be…

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Living Happiness

You know those moments in life where truth becomes evident, where it is as if we take the covers off of our eyes and we can see truth as it actually is.  Recently I feel like I have been having one of those moments.  It started, as most epiphanies seem to, out of a depressed day, yet again worrying about what to do in life, rehearsing all the empty options again and again. But then something happened.  The past week…