The Tiny Summit of Mount Gould

The coolest part of Mount Gould is that the summit block is a tiny, two by three-foot pedestal that takes some climbing to get up to it. On one side, there’s a vertical drop of about 400 feet. On the other side is a 200 foot drop. When you stand on it, there’s a bit of pucker factor.

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Everything I Thought I Knew About Aging Was Wrong

Yes, we are all going to die. But you can dramatically change how you live as you age. If you want to see what aging well looks like, you will need to look to the margins. At the margins of the bell curve, we are seeing aging athletes who are strong and active into their 80s and 90s. Moreover, these people are free of the common lifestyle diseases that plague the general population. Yes, they are aging, but they are experiencing a smaller subset of aging symptoms.

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Suffering and Euphoria on Mount Agassiz

Mount Agassiz has been on my to-do list for a few years. Last month, I finally talked my son Wes into going with me on this one. We drove up on a Friday and met at Lone Pine where we grabbed a burger before heading to the trailhead. After a sleepless night at altitude, we dragged ourselves to the summit. And it was worth all of the suffering!

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Day Hike to Cirque Peak

I had an extra free day, so instead of doing a local trail like Mount Baldy again, I thought I’d just drive up to Cottonwood Lakes and summit Cirque Peak – and come back the same day. I was up at 4:00 am and in 3-1/2 hours I was at the Cottonwood Pass Trailhead. The weather was perfect.

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Alta Peak: A Grueling Drive and a Beautiful Hike

The last two miles to the summit were pretty tough. It was steep and really hot, not to mention the altitude. That said, the views were beautiful. The skies were so deep blue they looked photoshoped. Across the valley, the jagged granite peaks of the Sierra crest dominated the horizon.

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Dads, Remember to Use Your Superpowers!

Dads have superpowers, but we don’t always recognize what they are, or how powerful they can be. As a result, we miss some of the greatest opportunities to make the greatest impact as dads. This is not about “fixing”…

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You MUST DO the Grand Circle Adventure!

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 a book and a map from Amazon, decided to do this trip for our vacation this year.

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The Pine Mountain Traverse

As I made my way past the first few miles, I saw great views of Iron Mountain and the San Antonio Ridge, one of the most difficult routes in Southern California to hike. There’s not much of a trailhead, just a tiny sign indicating you have entered Sheep Mountain Wilderness. This is where is gets hard.

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Ontario Peak via Falling Rock Canyon

I managed to talk Manny Castaneda 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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