We were in a tight slot canyon and he was 20 steps ahead of me – just around the corner. I rounded the corner and walked up to a huge bolder wedged between the walls of the canyon that extended a hundred feet above us on each side. That nagging fear I had all day was now fully realized. I was in disbelief. I stared down at a perfectly polished 30 foot waterfall. It was completely impassable.
I had been wanting to do Cloudripper for a while, so last year I took the family to make an attempt on the summit. My son Wes and I made it to what I thought was the summit of Cloudripper, only to discover from our GPS tracks that we had summitted the wrong mountain!
It had been a while since Wes and I had bagged a Sierra peak together, so I thought I’d choose an easy one. Mount Bago seemed to fit the bill since it wasn’t that high in elevation and we could get to it in a day hike.
Ever since hiking the John Muir Trail last year, I’d been thinking about getting back out there. But I didn’t want to just do the John Muir Trail again. Then I ran across something called the Big SEKI (Sequoia-Kings Canyon) Loop. There are a number of versions of this loop…
I had a corporate meeting in Portland, Oregon, so I figured while I was there I might as well get in a hike. I planned a 50-mile hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness – a loop around three volcanoes aptly named “The Three Sisters.” I had planned to spend 6 days, but Mother Nature had other plans.
My intention was to acclimatize as quickly as possible so I could summit Cotopaxi, then rest a number of days before I climbed Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador. My friend Tom Smith told me I was crazy, and as I would find out later, he was right. My trip started after a redeye flight into Quito, Ecuador.
Hiking rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic wilderness adventures in the United States. The hike is 23.5 miles long, loses ~5,700′ and gains ~4,400′ of elevation. The beauty of this place will blow your mind, but it doesn’t come easily. I picked Manny up at 4 A.M…
With an elevation gain of 10,300′, the Cactus to Clouds Trail has one of the greatest elevation increases among day-hike routes in the United States. It is 16 miles from the trailhead to the summit (+5.5 more miles back to the Sram station), making it one of the steeper trails of its length in the world.