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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 […]

John Muir Trail – The Beginning

John Muir Trail – The Beginning

It’s 5:30AM and I’m sound asleep face down on my sleeping pad in the dirt by the Lyell Canyon Ranger Station in Yosemite National Park.  As anyone who has met me can attest, I possess a distinct and often demonstrated ability to sleep in most any position, and I was finding this particular patch of ground to […]

The Mending Stitch

The Mending Stitch

  In light of the Surgeon General’s recent Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walking Communities, here is a piece I wrote on walkability in US cities.  In sewing one uses a mending stitch to repair tears and holes in clothing.  The stitch pulls together the fabric, closing the void, rendering the cloth once again […]

The Consciencious Fixer

The Consciencious Fixer

Last night, I broke down and ordered a brand new pair of climbing shoes. My old ones had edged and smeared until I could feel the fresh air on my toes. While the ventilation was welcome on hot days, there’s no barefoot trend in the climbing scene—and for good reason. Wind, water, and ice are […]