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Author Archives: Inga

I’m a backpacker, travel writer and photographer who loves to experience the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip or a trek to far-flung lands. I like to write (see "Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail" and "The Hungry Spork"), teach (see my backpacking classes and guided backpacking trips) and explore (see my trip reports, gear reviews and travel stories).

Easy backpacking trip to Angel Island

So many wilderness permits, so many cancellations. The last two years have been tough for planning between the pandemic, wildfires, smoke and other issues. I salvaged one backpacking trip that was supposed to be in the Sierra by snagging a back-up to the back-up permit for Angel Island State Park for a late season trip. … Continue reading »

Stoveless Trail Deli Plates

I’ve been experimenting with stoveless food on the backpacking trail (see Stoveless Food Options and Cold Soaking for the Backcountry) and find that I’m drawn to foods I would normally eat without heating. A variety of different tastes and textures can be achieved by creating the trail version of a deli plate. There are endless … Continue reading »

Kuhl Trekr pants for travel and hiking

Kuhl makes pants for women and men that can work equally well for travel, hiking and backpacking. The fabric and quality of construction means that they are rugged enough for the backcountry and tailored enough to look good in town. I tried the Trekr pants for women and found a great fit and excellent features … Continue reading »

Skiing at Mt Bachelor in Oregon

What a treat it was to get away after a long, quiet, Covid winter to a beautiful week of skiing at Mt. Bachelor  in Oregon. We were disappointed that the border closure prevented us from spending our annual week at Whistler, British Columbia and debated several alternatives for our first week-long pandemic trip in a … Continue reading »

Pandemic Road Trip Strategy

Remember that sense of exhilaration when you’d get in the car to go on a road trip? The open road beckoned as you settled into your seat, strapped your seatbelt on and let familiar scenes give way to new, exciting vistas. Then, in March 2020 it all went away when we all acquired a new … Continue reading »

Southern Yosemite Loops near Glacier Point

Glacier Point is graced with some of the most stunning views in Yosemite National Park, with a panorama of peaks, valleys and waterfalls, including the iconic Half Dome rock formation front and center. There could hardly be a more spectacular start to a multi-day hike. Add to that a plethora of trailheads and potential routes … Continue reading »

Gaia GPS Navigation App Review

Gaia GPS is a map application that allows you to plan routes, navigate on the trail, record waypoints and tracking. With a paid subscription, you can get access to different maps and map layers that can be downloaded for offline use. It can be used with mobile devices (Apple or Android) or the Gaia GPS … Continue reading »