Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

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 »

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 »

New Hungry Spork book!

The Hungry Spork TRAIL RECIPES is now available in print and ebook.  With more than 50 recipes, this book is a companion to the first Spork book, which focused on planning for a thru-hike, with an emphasis on recipes. You will find vegan and meat alternatives for most recipes and feedback from a fleet of … Continue reading »

Lake Tahoe Camping with Privacy: Book Review

With Lake Tahoe Camping With Privacy: Your Guide To The Most Private Campsites Near Tahoe, Truckee, Sly Park, Union Valley Reservoir, And Beyond, the Wilke’s have added to their collection of information about private campsites in the Sierra. I found their other book, “Eastern Sierra and Death Valley Camping with Privacy,” to be very helpful … Continue reading »

Resupply on the John Muir Trail

Resupply options are fairly straightforward in the northern section of the John Muir Trail (JMT) but it gets a little more complicated in the rugged, southern section where no backcountry ranches exist. For those with a strict timetable, it may be undesirable to have to spend a couple of days exiting the trail to get … Continue reading »