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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.

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Bryan Feller

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…

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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.

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While Iron Mountain, also known as Big Iron, is far lower in elevation than other Southern California summits, it is the most difficult mountain to climb in the entire region. The trail follows a series of high mountain ridges to the summit, gaining 7,300′ of elevation – 3.500′ in the last two miles alone. 

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San Bernardino Peak is one of my favorite local hikes. It’s never crowded like many of the other trails, and the scenery is beautiful. I’ve been wanting to go for months, but the weather and my schedule have not cooperated.

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We did a quick trip to Joshua Tree just before the new year. I came in on Friday afternoon to set up camp, then Bec and both sets of kids joined me late that evening. The weather was fantastic.Campsite 30 at India Cove has a natural cave and a climbing route, so we set up a top rope…

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Once we made it to the top of the bowl, the view was incredible. From the summit ridge, we could see Catalina Island clearly and we could even see boats on the water. I’ve been to the summit of Mount Baldy many times and I have never seen it so clear…

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