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We were familiar with Zion and Bryce National Parks, but Becky and I had always wanted to see more of Utah. Bec especially wanted to see the Grand Canyon. We had heard about The Grand Circle of National Parks, and after getting…

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The Pine Mountain Traverse is a tough point-to-point hike across one of the most remote areas in the San Gabriel Mountains. The route has 4,690′ of elevation gain and 7,700′ of elevation loss if you end your trip in…

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I managed to talk Manny Castillo into another hike – which would prove to be more “epic rough” than the last one. After a half mile, the route cuts across the creek then follows a steep avalanche chute to Sugarloaf Peak, then…

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I had wanted to do Telescope Peak for a couple of years. It stands a little above 11,000 feet in the middle of Death Valley and from the summit, you can see the peak of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the United States, and the lowest point…

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I had been planning a trip to Zion for a while. I had wanted to go for a while, but I just couldn’t get the time. I thought it was a lot further away than it was, but I realized it was only six hours from the house which is pretty close…

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In my 20s, I went climbing with my brother, we did some top rope. It was really fun but we didn’t get that far. Years went by, I stopped climbing, got a little fat, kids left home, and I was hiking so much I thought…

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Bec and I were on Maui for our 30th anniversary. The last time we were in Hawaii was a cruise for our 20th anniversary. We always thought we’d be back sooner because, after that first trip, we just fell in love with the place. ..

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I feel like such an addict! I had to get another Sierra high in before the summer ended. So after working a few weekends in a row on a big project, I decided I’d reward myself with a short adventure. That short adventure was…

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