JMT Day 2: In Which I Forget How to Communicate With Humans

7/26/2018 Little Yosemite Valley –> Sunrise Camp Today was pretty tough. Except for breakfast. Breakfast was awesome. I woke up early but didn’t feel like going quite yet, plus I still had to refill my water. I walked down to the river with some Cheerios/powdered milk and a powdered chocolate protein shake. I sat down…

JMT Day 1 – Post Apocalyptic Yosemite

7/25/2018 Happy Isles –> Little Yosemite Campground I had planned on waking up early to get a head start since I was a little bit behind, but I ended up waking up at almost 7! Not the early start that I had hoped for, but at the same time, I didn’t really have that far…

JMT Day 0: Don’t Feed The Squirrels! Pack Out Your Trash!

7/24/2018 Mammoth –> Yosemite Valley I woke up early and eager to go! I was worried about rain because of the hail storms the night before but had a dry night! I packed up camp and headed into Yosemite Valley. The drive was about two and a half hours, and I didn’t run into any…

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…..

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…

Hiking Mission Peak

Mission Peak was one of the first hiking destinations I heard about when I moved to the Bay Area in January 2017. Event non-hikers would tell me about it. I got a huge range of reactions to it, from “it’s the hardest hike I’ve ever done,” to “it’s super easy, a really great warm up!”…

Pinnacles High Peaks Trail

2/25/18 This was the first time I visted The Pinnacles National Park! I will definitely be back. This park is totally beautiful and not too crowded, it is one of the smaller and newer national parks, so I can see why it is not as crowded. The drive out there was about an hour and a…