Cooper Spur

Cooper Spur

While the Cooper Spur summit route is notoriously loose and dangerous, the well established and safe trail to the base of the snowfield is a set of long winding alpine switchbacks culminating in a gorgeous ridge line traverse. Never one to skimp on adding some climbing, I parked at the Cooper Spur Resort and took […]

Elkhorn Crest – 53 Miler

Elkhorn Crest – 53 Miler

I signed up for the Elkhorn Crest 50 miler one week before the event. A post grad school summer of running and backpacking had me confident that I could complete the distance, but I was not confident that I was in a position to try and run a competitive race. And if things went south, […]

John Muir Trail – Week 2

John Muir Trail – Week 2

Day 8: Muir Trail Ranch to McClure Meadows (13.5 miles via Evolution Creek Crossing) Left Muir Trail Ranch with fully bellies and said our good byes to Sarah and Carl and made rough plans to see them on Mt. Whitney in another 12 days. Hauled our heavy packs along the rock canyon trail cut into the […]

A Taste of Summit Fever

A Taste of Summit Fever

Cactus to Clouds is one of those rare hikes that appears as clickbait on both Backpacker Magazine and Buzzfeed internet type lists as the hike with the most continuous elevation gain in the United States packing in a whopping 10,000 vertical feet of gain in 15 miles (one way).  A journey less than a thousand […]

John Muir Trail – Week 1

John Muir Trail – Week 1

Day 1: Lyell Canyon Trailhead to Rush Creek Crossing (15 miles via Donahue Pass) Spirits were high, backpacks were heavy, the meadows were beautiful, blisters formed quickly, storms moved in, steep climbs and elevation gave me lead legs, ran into Ellie a friend from Berkley who was three months into the Pacific Crest Trail, electrical storms […]