JMT Day -1: Hitchhikers, bears & chilies oh my!

Today is the day! I woke up too early (around 4) and decided to go back to sleep and get rest/enjoy my bed while I still could. I woke up again around 8 and after gathering and double checking the last of my gear and supplies, I packed it all into my car and…..

MTR Resupply Drop Off and Car Troubles

When hiking the JMT, many hikers opt to send their food to resupply points along the trail so they don’t have to carry 20+ days of food with them. Makes sense to me! The most popular resupply points are Red’s Meadow, Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) and Muir Trail Ranch (MTR). The prices for sending and…

Solar Panel Unboxing Video!

  Today I unboxed my solar panel! It is going to be so great to not have to worry about powering my devices while I am out on the trail! Check out my video below! (Warning: I have never done an unboxing before, bear with me) You can get the same solar panel I did,…

Mt. Diablo Summit (Success!)

You may remember my first attempt at summiting Mount Diablo, I was underprepared and made a decision to turn around, something I was disappointed that I had to do, but overall it was the best decision for me at the time.

Mt. Diablo, or When It Is Ok To Fail

I attempted to summit Mt. Diablo and found out the hard way that it is not that smart to try to hike 13+ miles in 100+ degree heat, while starting at 3pm and not eating much except for a few cookies. Who knew right? As I said, I started pretty late in the afternoon, and…

Mt. Tamalpais

I started out my day a lot later than I had planned, and I was worried about having to hike back in the dark, but fortunately, that didn’t happen. I started at the Stinson Beach trailhead, there was a dirt parking lot that still had spots open even at 10am, which was exciting! (And took…

Buzzard’s Roost

4/7/18 This was just a quick out and back trip to Buzzard’s Roost. There were some really gigantic trees, which makes sense with the trail being in a redwood forest.   It had just rained the day before, so everything was damp and bright green and gorgeous! It was also kind of drizzly on the…

Switchback Showcase!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be partnering with the filmmakers behind The High Sierra Trail Documentary! This is an awesome documentary about the history of the High Sierra Trail. It is part history lesson, part adventure film, and ALL entertainment. If you want to see it for yourself, and you live in the…

Mt. Sizer- Through Rain, Hail, and Hills

Hello! As you may know, I am preparing for my JMT hike this summer. I have recently picked up some gear and I wanted a nice gentle backpacking trip to test out some gear and get out into nature. I read about Mt. Sizer and thought that it would work perfectly for what I wanted….

Hiking Mt. Umunhum

Mt. Umunhum State Park is one of the newest trails available to hike in the Bay Area! It opened in 2017 after much construction. Unfortunately, I was not following the reconstruction so I was not able to be there for the opening day, but I have seen the iconic cube-shaped tower on the top and…