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Lone Pine Fire

Today I heard sirens in Lone Pine for the first time. Usually a chill town, today it was on fire because, well, it was on fire. Apparently there was a fire just east of the Lone Pine Campground just off Whitney Portal Road. This photo shows they seem to have it under control at sunset,… continue reading

Lionheart

Many of my IG followers know Lionheart, die hard hiker and gentle soul. What a treat to run into her in the Sierra and hike a little with her. I hope her foot cooperates and she finds her “carrot” (at the end of the proverbial stick) wherever she is headed, whether it be a trail… continue reading

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Now you’re just showing off… Attempted to summit unnamed peak (4182 meters) to the West of Forrester Pass despite a Korean film crew translator telling me “you will die.” I didn’t die but didn’t tackle the final 200′ due to a sketchy cornice. But, views for days, including down on Forrester Pass and across over… continue reading

Erskine Fire Smoke

Smoke from the Erskine Fire looking southeast from the summit of Mt. Whitney. If you’re looking for views in the South Sierra right now, I hope you like thick smoke, too! Can’t even see the mountains the sun is setting behind, it’s that smokey.

Hayduke Desert Panoramas

My 850-mile backpacking trip this Spring took me through Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, through all these National Parks and wild lands I’d never seen before. What better way to see them for the first time than to walk through them and sleep in their dirt? I couldn’t think of one. I took some neato… continue reading

Zack’s Back

So it’s 2pm at Furnace Creek and ~110° and I’m standing there melting in the heat, my thumb out. I’m trying to hitchhike 100 miles to Lone Pine. It’s not looking so good. Then these fuckers pull over on bikes and offer me a ride. What? Really? I throw my backpack on the back, lean… continue reading

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Ultra runner on the Zion Rim trail: “You thru-hiking?” “Yep.” UR: “Where you headed to tonight?” “I’ll probably finish.” (A lie. I have learned to not tell people where I’m going to sleep.) UR: “Oh well, that’s a ways… But you might be able to do it if you skip Kolob Arch, that’s half a… continue reading

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Excuse my language but shit! Nobody told me I was going to be walking into fairyland this morning. I would have brought my sparkle dust! Speaking of which, did you know the kind of sparkle dust in glimmery makeup and shampoo is made of scorpion shit? And our DNA is made up of the same… continue reading

Mukuntuweap

Blessed to hike this before the crowds arrived. This treacherous razor’s edge trail cut into the sandstone is on the National Register of Historic Places, and affords folks a birds eye view of Zion Valley. The Paiutes call/called the Valley Mukuntuweap (“Straight Up Land”) and for a short while the National Park was called that… continue reading

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