A Comprehensive Snowshoe Buying Guide

Hiking in the winter is best done with snowshoes. But which snowshoes should you buy? This snowshoe buying guide will steer you in the right direction.

Hawai’i: Uluwehi Falls Kayak & Hike

Kayak Hawaii’s only navigable river, Kauai’s Wailua River, then beach your kayaks and hike to Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls.

California: Middle Velma Lake via Bayview

Hiking to the Velma Lakes is one of the more popular destinations in the Desolation Wilderness. Here’s how you can find Upper, Middle, and Lower Velma.

California: Fourth of July Lake via Round Top Lake

Hiking to Fourth of July Lake is a great way to escape the more casual hikers stopping at Round Top & Winnemucca Lakes due to the climb out, and is also a great destination for backpackers.

California: Mt. Judah Loop

This short hike near Truckee takes you through Sugar Bowl ski area and up to Mt. Judah, offering great views of the Truckee & Donner area.

The Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Charger

The portable solar charger and battery that I wanted to love just wasn’t cutting it anymore, so I was forced to find a new solution and the Nomad 7 is it.

The Lost Coast Trail, Revisited

I think my new tradition will be to backpack California’s Lost Coast Trail at least once per year. This is how my second trip went, accompanied by video!

A Summer to Review the REI Dash 2 Tent

My thoughts on the new REI Dash 2 ultralight two-person tent after a summer of putting it through hundreds of miles of abuse in many different conditions.

Lightweight Backpacking Water Treatment

For those backpackers wishing to shed ounces from their pack, it’s time to ditch the pump-type filters. Here are three lightweight water treatment options.

Geotagging Photos in Lightroom CC

You don’t need a GPS-enabled camera to know where your photos were made. You can geotag later in Lightroom, and this will explain how, from a hiker’s view.

California: Freel Peak

Descriptions of the two approaches to the tallest peak in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Freel Peak. Camping and opportunities to summit more peaks.

California: Star Lake

An accessible, very scenic hiking trail near South Lake Tahoe, ending at picturesque Star Lake. The lake makes a great rest stop before bagging Freel Peak.

Think Tank Photo: Hubba Hubba Hiney

Choosing the Think Tank Photo Hubba Hubba Hiney camera bag and wearing it as a hip pack during a 200-mile backpacking trip through the Sierra backcountry.

John Muir Trail Trip Report

Tips and lessons learned from my thru-hike of California’s John Muir Trail, June 15th to July 4th, 2015. Permits, resupply, gear, navigation, and photos.

California: Castle Peak Trail

A beautiful hiking trail near Truckee with a stiff ascent to the tallest peak in the Truckee area, 9,103′ volcanic Castle Peak. Amazing 360-degree views.

Nevada: Mt Rose Summit

Summiting Mt. Rose, Lake Tahoe’s second highest peak, at 10,778′ – but it’s not as difficult as it sounds and provides some fantastic panoramas at the top!

California: Cascade Falls

A short, easy trail offering fantastic views of Cascade Lake and Lake Tahoe, with the special treat of a tall, vertical waterfall at the end.

California: Eagle Falls & Eagle Lake

Probably the most popular South Lake Tahoe hiking trail and for good reason…waterfalls, lakes, and views of the most photographed spot in the world.

Nevada: Chimney Beach

Almost not even a hike at less than one mile round trip, you’ll still have to navigate some terrain for this scenic beach on the east shore of Lake Tahoe.

Backpacking with an Esbit Stove

In my search for the best portable backpacking stove I’ve stumbled upon the Esbit Solid Fuel Stove Cookset and think I may have found a new favorite…

California: Loch Leven Lakes

This hike near Truckee will take you across granite slabs, past cascading streams, into wooded forests, and finally up to many lakes made of large granite bowls.

Nevada: Skunk Harbor

Skunk Harbor doesn’t live up to its name! It’s one of the finest secluded bays on this side of Lake Tahoe, but parking and locating the trail are tricky.

Nevada: Tunnel Creek and Marlette Lake

The Tunnel Creek to Marlette Lake hike, via the Flume Trail, is the most popular trail on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. The views and terrain are breathtaking.

Nevada: North Canyon and Marlette Lake

The easier way of getting to Marlette Lake – via the Marlette Creek Trail in North Canyon. It’s still not a cakewalk but is very rewarding in the fall!

Nevada: Spooner Lake Loop

The Spooner Lake Trail is one of the shortest hikes in the Lake Tahoe area, looping around small Spooner Lake, but is incredibly scenic given its length.

SPOT vs. DeLorme Satellite Messengers

Looking at the key features of the two most popular GPS satellite messengers – SPOT Gen3 and the DeLorme inReach SE. Which one is the best travel partner?

California: Five Lakes Trail

Lake Tahoe’s Five Lakes Trail near Alpine Meadows is a great two-hour hike leading to some peaceful, small lakes in the Granite Chief Wilderness.

Creative Edge Solar 5 Solar Charger

I took this portable solar phone charger with me on my last sailing adventure, and it exceeded my expectations! And for an amazing price as well!

Backpacking the Lost Coast Trail

Information and tips for backpacking California’s Lost Coast, including the Lost Coast Shuttle, Lost Coast trail maps, and a lot of Lost Coast photos!

Scotland: The West Highland Way

West Highland Way If you want to see the Scottish Highlands, may I recommend walking them?  Hiking nearly 100 miles through bogs, freezing wind and rain, and clouds of midges may not seem like much of a vacation, but I would disagree.  I wanted to keep going once I...

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