Preparing for the John Muir Trail – Gear

John Muir Trail Gear Clothing

So the red tape is settled, fees are paid, flights are booked, shuttles and a hotel after are squared away, I’ve confirmed permits over the phone with the very patient ranger at YNP. Food is being gathered and repacked and weighed. Maps are being studied and texts between my hiking partner and I are longer … [Read More]

Preparing for the John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail Satellite View

Back in the spring when I got the “you’ve won the lottery” email from the Yosemite wilderness permit folks, after the initial wave of shock and fit of jumping up and down had passed, my mood quickly plummeted from elated to overwhelmed as the scope of the endeavor set in: 221 miles and 46,700 feet … [Read More]

Third Time Divine: Koma Kulshan

Climbing Mount Baker Washington

With a vivid blue sky overhead and a solid strong earth beneath my boots, I moved easily, my senses swam in rhythmic monotony as I picked my way gradually to the crater rim of the volcano I found myself on for the third time in the past ten years. I felt so much misgiving toward … [Read More]

Lake Ingalls, Washington

Hiking To Lake Ingalls, Washington

Nestled deep in the Teanaway River Valley is a brilliant royal blue lake in a granite basin featuring Mt. Stuart as its backdrop and ample opportunities for scrambling, rock climbing, and goat-watching around its perimeter. At just a few hundred feet across, it’s not a big lake size-wise, but it packs a wallop of a … [Read More]

Granite Mountain, Washington

Granite Mountain Hiking In The Snow

Granite Mountain is best known for three things: a decommissioned yet still super cool fire lookout tower, sweeping views, and remarkably high avalanche danger. It’s a beautiful mountain, especially once you get above about 4000 feet and the terrain shifts to a nearly-alpine fantasyland of little tarns, ice cold waterfalls, and stepping stones crossing mossy … [Read More]