Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Ralph Burgess sets SoBo John Muir Trail record

In July 2014 Ralph Burgess (from New York; London originally) set the southbound (SoBo) unsupported record on the 211  mile John Muir Trail (JMT) without even trying hard. Carrying all his food and supplies by himself for his entire trip with no resupplies (unsupported) he started at Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park and ended on top … Continue reading »

Doing laundry on the backpacking trail

A few drops of bleach and a zip-top bag full of water is all you need to keep your clothes clean while backpacking. I was skeptical when I first read about it. I tried it and found that my clothes smelled fresh and clean, more so than when I used biodegradable camp soap. Biodegradable soap … Continue reading »

Granite Rocx Tahoe backpack: Gear Review

The Tahoe backpack by Granite Rocx may be the best party pack ever devised. Designed to hold a beach chair, six-pack and towel, it makes cycling, hiking or strolling to a picnic an efficient and comfortable process. The Tahoe backpack  cooler system is comprised of a robust daypack equipped with a clever arrangement of straps … Continue reading »

Manoa Falls: Hiking in Honolulu

Even adventurers sometimes need a relaxing vacation and for my husband and me there’s nothing more rejuvenating than a Hawaii beach vacation with a couple of day hikes thrown in. O’ahu is our favorite island because the best beaches in the islands are here, here are lots of great restaurants in every price range, entertainment … Continue reading »

Best car camping in Tahoe

Car-camping on the shores of Lake Tahoe and beyond can be a great way to get little kids ready for the bigger reward—backpacking. Just don’t linger there too long and stay focused on the goal of getting into the backcountry as soon as possible. This brief post is related to another article, Top five first backpacking … Continue reading »

Backpacking to Five Lakes with a kid

Diane wrote to me early in the summer to ask some questions about backpacking with kids. We kept up a lively correspondence and as Diane got further in her planning we realized that she, her 6 year old daughter, Joanna, and husband, Pepe, would be passing right by our house in Alpine Meadows as they … Continue reading »