Top five first backpacking trips for kids (or adults) in Tahoe

Top five first backpacking trips for kids (or adults) in Tahoe

  • October 18, 2013
  • by Inga

In a previous article, Backpacking with Kids in Tahoe-Tips for Success, I describe a dawning realization that an article written a few years ago, Backpacking around Tahoe with Kids in Tow, needed a serious update. I had described our first camping and backpacking trips we had taken with our young godchildren but never re-visited whether those …

Backpacking to Five Lakes with a kid

  • October 10, 2013
  • by Inga

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 …

Backpacking with kids in Tahoe-Tips for success

  • October 10, 2013
  • by Inga

In an article I wrote several years ago, Backpacking around Tahoe with Kids in Tow, I described our progression of backpacking with our godchildren, Taira and Chase, now 16 and 14, from the time they were tiny tots. What I neglected to include were my recommendations for others who want to introduce their children to …

Backpacking White Rock Lake to Donner Summit on the PCT-Part 2

  • September 28, 2013
  • by Inga

In Part 1, BACKPACKING WEBBER LAKE TO DONNER SUMMIT ON THE PCT, we trekked from near Webber Lake to White Rock Lake on a pleasant six mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail near Lake Tahoe. In Part 2 we set off toward Paradise Lake, where we hope that it will be warm enough to swim …

Backpacking Webber Lake to Donner Summit on the PCT-Part 1

  • September 20, 2013
  • by Inga

The backpacking trip I look forward to each year is not the longest, hardest or most exotic, it’s the one we take in Tahoe with our godson, Chase, and his mom, Laura. We used to be a group of six, but goddaughter Taira, at 16, is focused on water polo, and her dad, Ken, is …

Top intermediate ski runs at Whistler

  • February 25, 2013
  • by Inga

In the related article, Top Intermediate ski runs at Blackcomb,  I listed the top moderate runs at Blackcomb. Here’s the rest of the baker’s dozen–13 runs total, including these runs at Whistler. This list was compiled based on my experience skiing at Whistler Blackcomb for over 15 years, and an informal poll of long-time skiers here, …

Top intermediate ski runs at Blackcomb

  • February 25, 2013
  • by Inga

We moved from California to Seattle, Washington in 1992, anxiously leaving our favorite ski runs at Squaw Valley behind as we headed north. We were told that the resorts around Seattle offered excellent skiing but after a season battling howling wind, wild weather and often funky snow conditions in the shadow of 14,411   foot Mt. …

High Sierra Trail, Part 3: Day Five to End

  • January 19, 2013
  • by Inga

We ended Part 2 of the High Sierra Trial soaking in the wonderful Kern Hot Springs and Part 3 takes us up over Mt. Whitney to the end of the trail in Lone Pine. Day 5-Kern Hot Springs to Wallace Creek (12  miles, 10,409  feet) We didn’t mean to walk 12 miles but we did. We had …

High Sierra Trail, Part 2: Start to Day Four

  • December 02, 2012
  • by Inga

The High Sierra Trail (HST), a 72   mile trail in Sequoia National Park, is a major undertaking. There are a few roads on the eastern side of the park that lead to the popular Lodgepole Visitor Center and the Giant Sequoias, but there are no roads that go through the park so there is …

High Sierra Trail, Part 1: Overview

  • October 14, 2012
  • by Inga

The High Sierra Trail (HST), a 72    mile trail in Sequoia National Park (NP), is a classic hike in the Sierra Nevada. It evokes the very ghost of John Muir with its soaring peaks, highly varied terrain, grand vistas and spectacular ending at the top of Mt. Whitney. Cutting through a cross-section of some …

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