A fall backpack in Kings Canyon/Sequoia: Pear Lake

In mid-October I had the opportunity to take a quick trip to California, so we began researching short, 2-day backpacks in Kings Canyon/Sequoia.  Turns out that you can’t do much justice to backpacking in these parks with only 2 days, but we tried our best with a backpack up the Lakes Trail, and my old friend from high school came along for her FIRST BACKPACK EVER! Continue reading

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Bugaboos backpacking at Boulder camp

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