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View of the Sierra Nevada and some of its last struggling glaciers from the White Mountain range summit 4×4 road.

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There’s a road all the way to the summit of White Mountain (14,246ft), which makes it by far the easiest 14er summit in California (or perhaps anywhere in the USA). From what I understand, once a year the final 7 miles of chunky road even opens for the general public to drive past the gate!… continue reading

Paint Your Wagon

This guy. Hiker “Paint Your Wagon.” If you’ve been on the Pacific Crest Trail the past four years you’ve probably met him. I met him when we both worked Ziggy and the Bear’s in 2014. He’s always upbeat, a hard worker, and has a really hard time finding hiking shoes for his size 17 feet…. continue reading

Bad Weather

Yesterday after leaving my blissful private hot spring spot, I climbed 3300 feet into a hail storm, hid from thunder in a granite cave, and crossed Silver Pass (~11,000ft) in pouring rain and wind to my camp 17 miles later. Just to say, blissed out cool shit doesn’t always come easy.

Sierra

Oh god, Sierra, you slay me. (And look at that storm blowing in!) I’m walking along the San Joaquin River headwaters…

LEARN TO SEW A CYCLING CAP

If you’ve wanted to set aside the time to finally make yourself a cycling cap, why not book a class? Meet some new people, have help to get over any tricky bits, and check that project off your list? Ellie at Klum House, a professional seamstress and sewing instructor, is teaching a cap sewing class… continue reading

Montaña de Oro

Keith surveys the surf at the bluffs of Montaña de Oro State Park from his bicycle. Keith is the Syncro (4WD Westfalia) owner who camped next to me last night. What a “wild” night it grew to be! I bailed on sleeping on the ground because of a huge pack of marauding raccoons. I lost… continue reading

Peter on Gnarl Ridge

Think you’re tough? My friend of 22 years is legally blind and was just diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Nevertheless he hiked the difficult, 40-mile Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood with me and we finished strong this morning. We celebrated with Timberline Lodge buffet and mimosas. Congratulations, Peter!

Hitchhiking isn’t legal in Nevada

My commute to Oregon has gotten interesting. We’re listening to Metallica together, me and sheriff Rooney, and talking about backpacking. Check cop car off the hitching bucket list! (Don’t hitch in Nevada. It took ten seconds after I stuck out my thumb to have two cops all over my ass, lights blaring, blocking rush hour… continue reading

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