Sonora Pass to Yosemite on the PCT: Daily Trip Report

  • May 26, 2018
  • by Inga

After a restful day hanging out with Casey Cox from Sonora Pass Resupply at the midpoint of our section hike from Tahoe to Yosemite, we were ready to move on to Sonora Pass to Yosemite on the PCT. Please see the previous article, “Tahoe to Sonora Pass,” to learn about the first 76 miles of …

Gossamer Gear 60 Mariposa Pack Review

  • April 21, 2018
  • by Inga

For a lightweight pack, the Gossamer Gear Mariposa feels beefy. The shoulder straps and hip belts are thick and sturdy. You can feel the slim metal frame that provides support when you grasp the top of the pack. A foam pad provides additional structure and support to the back and doubles as a removable sit …

Tahoe to Sonora Pass on the PCT: Daily Trip Report

  • March 28, 2018
  • by Inga

This trip report represents the first half of our Echo Lakes to Yosemite hike: Tahoe to Sonora Pass on the PCT. My last trip report turned into a book, literally (see Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail), so I tried to limit myself to the bare-bones facts to provide a quick review of …

Up, Down and All Around in India: A Sample Itinerary

  • February 13, 2018
  • by Inga

For a visitor from the U.S., the first steps onto the tarmac in India can assault the senses. Humid air, a cacophony of sounds, vivid colors and the odors of a thousand sources can be overwhelming. It helps to have a plan to tackle a country so large and diverse. Here, I’ll share our one-month …

Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 (LT4S) Trekking Poles

  • February 11, 2018
  • by Inga

I never knew I needed ultralight trekking poles until I had the Gossamer Gear LT4S Trekking Poles. Not only are they feather light but they have a substantial cork-like grip that is exceedingly comfortable. Once you start weighing gear, it’s hard to go back. I’ve been trying to lighten my load, but I’m mostly focused …

Two days of inspiration around Lake Geneva, Switzerland

  • January 29, 2018
  • by Inga

Geneva is a great place to get over jet lag with its walkable historic core, endless sidewalk cafes, glittering blue lake and fascinating glimpses into international organizations that reach around the globe. Its central location means that trains, buses and cars can transport you to magical moments in the nearby Alps or destinations in France, …

Tahoe to Yosemite PCT Section Hike-Itinerary, Maps and Apps

  • January 25, 2018
  • by Inga

Once you’ve decided which direction you’re traveling in and where you’re starting, you’re ready to dig into the planning a section hike of Tahoe to Yosemite on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).  See “Tahoe to Yosemite PCT Section Hike-Permits and Planning” for additional information. 15 Day Itinerary-Tahoe to Yosemite on the PCT When Steve examined …

Tahoe to Yosemite PCT Section Hike-Permits and Planning

  • January 21, 2018
  • by Inga

Tahoe-to-Yosemite on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)  is a 150-mile route that starts at Echo Lakes and ends at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. The start can begin in a number of different locations along the PCT in the Tahoe area, including Sierra City,  Highway 80/Donner Pass (Truckee) or a number of trailheads in Desolation Wilderness. …

Wild Planet tuna packets for backpacking

  • November 13, 2017
  • by Inga

Tuna packets are a popular foundation for backpacker lunches, providing needed calories and protein. The Mylar packages are relatively convenient in the backcountry, being single serve and shelf stable. I’ve regarded them as a treat due to their weight but as I’ve tired of other lunch options they have become a more important component for …

Three days in Alsace, France

  • November 07, 2017
  • by Inga

The Alsace Region,  nestled between Switzerland and Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France, is known for its aromatic white wines and charming villages. I visited the southern part of Alsace, known as Haute-Rhin, or Upper Rhine, on a recent trip that originated in Geneva. Since it was only a 3-hour drive from Geneva it …

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