Mount Silliman: Don’t Get Killed from a Non-Fatal Injury

Mount Silliman is on the Sierra Peak Section list. It’s a moderately difficult hike that begins at the Lodge Pole Campground in Sequoia National Park. I thought it’d be a nice overnight trip that I could do and get back home without really missing any work. So I left on Friday night and stayed at

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Crag Peak (+Smith Mountain): Scooting My Way to a Fun Day

There’s a set of peaks in the Sierra Peak Section located in the southernmost tip of the Sierras. Most of these peaks are accessed near Kennedy Meadows, which is not far from where Highway 395 and Highway 14 meet. Crag Peak was my objective, and Smith Mountain was an easy peak I bagged on my

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Half Dome: Leading a Day Hike with Summit Adventure

Tom Smith from Summit Adventure asked me if I wanted to help him lead a Half Dome day hike with a handful of guys at the beginning of 2020. I said, “Yes. Of course.” at the time, but one of the guys got COVID, so we postponed it to May 1. I drove in the

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Sawtooth Peak (South): A Fun and Easy PCT Side Trip

Sawtooth Peak (South), not to be confused with Sawtooth Peak (North) in Mineral King, is an easy hike off the Pacific Crest Trail in the Chimney Peak Wilderness in the southernmost part of the Sierras. It was on the Sierra Peak Section list and it was too early in the season to get out to

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Owens Peak: Don’t Underestimate the Small Adventures

I did Owens Peak with the kids on Saturday. Bec watched the grandbaby, and since Owens Peak was close enough for a day hike, it seemed like the perfect objective for all of us. It’s also on the Sierra Peaks Section so I sort of had to do it anyway. I didn’t realize that the

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Lamont Peak: Short and Steep

There is nothing special about Lamont Peak. It’s a sub-8,000 foot peak in the lower Eastern Sierras. It ended up on my list because it is part of the Sierra Peaks Section or SPS List for short. According to the Sierra Club, there are 247 notable peaks in the Sierras. I’ve already climbed a handful

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Utterly Alone on Mount Rixford

There hasn’t been a big storm in the Sierras and it’s mid-December. This is not good news for California, since we depend on snowmelt for the state’s water supply. But it’s good news for me! Governor Newsome just issued another complete lockdown of everything because of COVID, so this is the perfect opportunity for me

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Bitter Cold and Blue Skies on Boundary Peak

We reached the summit by 1:30 pm, a much longer trip than Wes or I had planned on. But we made it! The views along the ridge, and especially at the summit of Boundary Peak were incredible. This was the clearest day I had seen all year. We could see for over a hundred miles across Nevada and I would even make out the distinct shape of Mount Humphreys along the Sierra Crest to the West.

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