The Best Photography Spots Along the High Sierra Trail

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The Best Photography Spots Along the High Sierra Trail Sequoia National Park, California When I’m backpacking, I usually enjoy doing little-to-no work once I’ve reached and set up camp. Because of this, there were times during my once-in-a-lifetime High Sierra trip where I didn’t even go out and shoot during the golden hours, usually using […]

Mt Whitney: the Tallest Peak in the Lower US

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Mt Whitney: the Tallest Peak in the Lower US Sequoia National Park, California Standing only 84.6 miles from Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, which is the lowest point in North America (-282 feet), Mt Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet – a whopping 14,787 foot difference! […]

Planning for the High Sierra Trail

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Planning for the High Sierra Trail Sequoia National Park, California I would argue that planning for the High Sierra Trail was more difficult than the hike itself… Permits First off, permits are absolutely required for the High Sierra Trail and although they’re said to be easier to obtain than permits for the John Muir Trail, […]

The History of the High Sierra Trail

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The History of the High Sierra Trail Sequoia National Park, California (*Most of the information was gleaned from a video (below) by Bill Twead, a former park ranger.) History of the High Sierra Trail – The High Sierra Trail is a spectacular 72 mile trek across the famed Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, arguably […]

Missouri Lakes Holy Cross Wilderness Colorado

A Quick Overnight at Missouri Lakes

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Missouri Lakes: Take 2 Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado Despite the popularity of Missouri Lakes, it’s still in a remote part of Sawatch Range and the Holy Cross Wilderness with rugged ridgelines, alpine meadows and lakes. It’s a nice hike to a beautiful spot, which I had hiked for sunset earlier in the summer, but was […]

Gore Range Vail Colorado

The Gore Range & the Summer of Vail

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My Summer of Vail The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado ”In my opinion, the two most rugged mountain ranges in Colorado are the Gore Range northwest of Dillon Reservoir and the Needles Range in the remote San Juan Mountains.” – John Fielder (Famous Colorado landscape photographer) Although the Gore Range provides the backdrop to any skier […]

Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range

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Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado (*Not the Crater Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness…) Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range – A couple years ago, my buddy found a hike to the unofficially-named Crater Lake in the Gore Range at the base of the Spider (12,692′) and […]

Backpacking Dora Lake Colorado

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Backpacking Dora Lake Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado This past summer, I had a buddy who was extremely eager to backpack Dora Lake in the Gore Range of the Eagles Nest Wilderness in Colorado. Dora Lake is situated on top of a rare (for Colorado…) high alpine plateau and nestled under the knife-edge ridges of the Gore […]

I Am Not A Traveler

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I Am Not A Traveler *I actually wrote this while in Banaue when I was sick, waiting for an overnight bus, and avoiding some monster thunderstorms… “Are you traveling or on a vacation?” I was asked by a young German hippie with long dreaded hair and as if trying to be sterotypical, wearing a bright tie […]

Backpacking Blue Lakes

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Backpacking Blue Lakes, Colorado The forecast was 10% chance of rain all weekend, but with the way this summer has been, we should have known better; It was naturally pouring when we woke up at the Blue Lakes trailhead outside of Ridgeway [Colorado] one Friday morning. We kept repeating to ourselves, “10%. It’ll burn off…” Instead, it only […]

Mystic Island Lake

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Mystic Island Lake Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado For about the first 3.5 miles, the Lake Charles trail in the northwestern Sawatch Range and Holy Cross Wilderness was actually kind of bland; A curvy, rutted, and rocky trail simply through a dense forest. The trail is plagued with ‘false summits’ where we expected to see the lake around […]

Hiking the Teton Crest Trail

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Hiking the Teton Crest Trail Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Featured in major articles from National Geographic, to Backpacker, to Outside, arguments have been made that hiking the Teton Crest Trail is one of the best backpacking trails in the country, if not the world. The signature hike of Grand Teton National Park threads its way for 39-miles (63 […]

 
 
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