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 […]

Sunset Over Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock

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Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado In hindsight, I knew I had seen pictures of them, but when I had driven Owl Creek Pass for the first time, I didn’t realize that Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock are the iconic monuments along that pass, prominently rising high above most vantage points. I had […]

A Sunset Stroll up the Telica Volcano

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A Sunset Stroll up the Telica Volcano Leon, Nicaragua The Telica Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua with the most recent eruption in 2015. Since then, the volcano has registered over 64 small eruptions, including one that spewed ash all over Leon. The most prominent vent on the volcano is a 700 […]

Hiking Grinnell Glacier

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Hiking Grinnell Glacier Glacier National Park, Montana The Great Road Trip of 2015 I didn’t really have any intention of hiking Grinnell Glacier. Known as one of the more scenic trails in the park, I wanted to hike it, but dire warnings of bear activity in Many Glacier played over and over in my head. It […]

Many Glacier

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The Many Glacier Area Glacier National Park, Montana The Great Road Trip of 2015 Since I had already driven Going-to-the-Sun Road a couple of times, I figured I’d check out the Many Glacier area before heading to Canada the next morning. Considered the heart of the park, the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park […]

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 […]

Flat Tops Wilderness

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The Flat Tops Wilderness Yampa, Colorado “I’ve heard it’s beautiful, but I’ve never been there.” A remark I’ve heard (and said myself) over and over again for the last couple of years. Designated a wilderness area in 1975, the Flat Tops is actually Colorado’s third largest, behind only Weminuche and Rocky Mountain National Park, but it still seems to […]

Backpacking Ice Lakes Basin outside Silverton

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Backpacking Ice Lakes Basin Outside Silverton Silverton, Colorado I had read a bunch of articles about hiking and backpacking Ice Lakes Basin outside of Silverton, Colorado. I kept hearing how it’s arguably one of the most scenic and iconic areas of Colorado and I found it consistently listed on subjective “Best Hikes” or “Top Backpacking” lists. We didn’t […]

Hiking the Subway Top-Down Trail Description

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Hiking the Subway Top-Down Trail Description Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway Top-Down Trail Description – The Left Fork of North Creek in Zion National Park, also known as the Subway, is one of the park’s more popular and iconic hikes, taking you along (and through) the river to a tube-like, undercut slot canyon resembling an […]

Hiking the Subway in Zion… Again

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Hiking the Subway… Again – The Left Fork of North Creek Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway in Zion – I have never been rock climbing and I have never been too interested in it either. But I was told rappelling is easy, especially with fixed anchors – Once the rope’s set up through the […]

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion

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Hiking Angels Landing Zion National Park, Utah Hiking Angels Landing – I’ve stood on the edge of 1,000 cliffs, looking straight down. I’ve skied rocky couloirs that I probably had no business being in. I’ve mountain biked along sharp ridgelines at uncomfortable speeds. And I’ve jeeped features that simply don’t seem possible for a vehicle […]

The Emerald Pools Hike in Zion…Meh

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The Emerald Pools Hike…Meh Zion National Park, Utah Me and a buddy had hiked the subway before the rest of our group rolled in to town somewhere around 4:30 a.m. the next morning. Sitting around camp as the sun got higher, we decided we couldn’t just wait for them to roll out of their tents so we […]

Hiking the Subway in Zion

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Hiking the Subway – The Left Fork of North Creek Zion National Park, Utah Hiking the Subway in Zion – Despite the rising sun and baby-blue cloudless sky, it wasn’t the warmest of mornings in the desert of southern Utah. It was somewhere around 50° so still nothing a few minutes of hiking couldn’t warm, but […]

Shrine Ridge atop Vail Pass

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Shrine Ridge Vail Pass, Colorado Shrine Ridge is a relatively easy hiking trail off Shrine Pass road (FSR 712), 2.3 miles from the Vail Pass exit. It’s a 2.1 mile hike with only 650′ elevation gain through wild flower-dotted meadows up to the ridge where you get full on 360° views of the Gore Range, Ten Mile […]

Missouri Lakes Trail

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Missouri Lakes Trail Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado I think I found my new favorite hike in Eagle County – the Missouri Lakes Trail by Homestake Reservoir outside Red Cliff, Colorado. A nice 3 mi (1 way) trek up to the first lake all along the beautiful cascading Missouri Creek. We continued on the trail to […]

 
 
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