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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…

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…

Joshua Tree

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…

National Parks: A Note On Conservation

It is kind of amazing to me that we, as a country, decided to make our national parks when we did. The 19th century seems to be marked by expansion, imperialism and building of capitalistic and western infrastructure.  We (the US) fought a war with our neighbors and with ourselves, destroying the eastern landscape and killing over 600,000 of our own people. It is kind of amazing to me that in this century we decided that our natural beauties were…

Earth

I've been on a kick the past couple of days.  I have been watching a ton of NatGeo videos about climbing, national parks and planet earth, and I just have to say the Earth is such an amazing place (incase you haven't noticed.) There is unlimited amounts of beauty and wonderment to be found, places very close to home like Yosemite National Park or Zion, to places far away like the Himalayas or the Arabian Peninsula.  The Earth is so…

SoCal 6-Pack

So after looking at the numbers it doesn't look like I am going to be able to get in the lost coast before I leave.  It is just too expensive to drive up there and have to pay for a shuttle back.  So I started looking for something a little closer to home and I decided to attempt the SoCal 6-pack.  The SoCal 6-pack is the 6 tallest peaks in Southern California.  They are Mt. Wilson (5,712'), Mt Cucamonga (8,859'),…

Switzer Falls

I have such a fun group of friends here in Cali, friends that I am going to miss dearly.  My little hiking group is one of those.  My friend Kyle always organized the weekly trips and the group varies from week to week, but when you break it down it is always the same. Great people.  Beautiful nature. Escape. Today we ventured to Switzer Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains.  It is a quick 9 mile drive into the Angeles…

Summiting My First Mountain

Today I went with my friend Kyle and some of his friends into the wilderness for a lovely hike.  We went to the Los Angeles Mountains and I got to reach my first summit. It was such a lovely day, the weather was perfect at 75, if it had been any hotter it would have been brutal.  The hike was kind of difficult because of the elevation increase and the fact that I am really out of shape.  At the…