Hi everyone! Here’s a long overdue post about another trip I took while Laura was busy teaching. Mike went on a road trip across the country this spring, and I met him for the last leg.
Hi everyone! David here. I’ve been doing a real bad job getting outside in California, but I finally took a little time off and headed up to Mt. Shasta about a month ago. Mike had 5 days off of work, my dad drove down from Corvallis, and we converged on Shasta for a weekend climb.
Hi everyone! David here. Today you get a blog post about a winter hike of Chasm Lake from yours truly, because Laura tweaked her knee falling in various snowdrifts on our Haiyaha Lake hike and didn’t join us. So Matt and I rudely abandoned Laura and headed up to Chasm Lake at 11,800 feet. Continue reading
Probably one of the most popular Rocky Mountain winter hikes, the Dream/Emerald/Haiyaha Lakes hike has easy winter access via a maintained road, a short distance with little relative elevation gain, and big views. Continue reading
I was lucky enough to have a conference in Denver the first week of January, so David, Matt, and I decided to make a mini trip of it and get in some winter hiking beforehand. We headed to Estes Park, which is experiencing a bit of a snow drought as of December 2017 / early January 2018. Good for hikers, bad for skiers! We started out 2018 right with a blustery but lovely New Year’s hike of Twin Sister’s Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue reading
Also known as: ALL THE OTTERS. Continue reading
So you’re in California and you want to see some giant @$$ old growth redwood trees. You have two main options: Muir Woods National Monument and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. WHICH DO YOU CHOOSE? Continue reading
I had always drooled over images of the Bugaboos but knew they were a climber’s paradise, not a hiker’s paradise. Therefore, David and I did not have a trip to the Bugaboos on our original Canadian Rockies grand tour itinerary. Fate intervened when our Mt. Stephen fossil bed guide told us about a hiker-friendly backpack in the Bugaboos with some epic scenery, and our plans immediately changed! If you are also a hiker-not-climber drooling over images of the Bugaboos, please come inside, take a seat, and I’ll regale you with tales of a hiker-friendly Bugaboos backpacking trip. Continue reading
Have you wanted to climb a tall mountain with 6000 feet of vertical gain, but maybe not go all the way to the top, because f*** that? Have you wanted to step on 505-million-year-old fossils while climbing halfway up that tall mountain? Have you wanted to go into an EXCLUSIVE, restricted-access area that can only be entered with a guide? Well then let me tell you about the Mt. Stephen Burgess Shale fossil beds guided hike in Yoho National Park! Continue reading
After our quick trip south to Waterton Lakes National Park, David and I headed 3 hours back up north for one more hike in the glorious Kananaskis valley: Mt. Indefatigable. This peak had some of the best views we’ve had on our entire 3-week grand tour of the Canadian Rockies, so that is SAYING SOMETHING! Continue reading