The John Muir Trail

Standing in the middle of a river, in a torrential downpour, two days walk from the nearest road, I wondered why I had ever wanted to hike the JMT. Day 7 of the John Muir Trail was a miserable one. After18.3 rainy miles, a thigh deep river and three miserable miles...

No, I Did NOT Summit Mt. Everest

The most common question people ask when I tell them that I hiked to Everest Base Camp is, “Wow! You went to the top?” I laugh and say “Hell no!” To be clear: I did not summit, or even attempt to summit Mt. Everest. I did, however, stand at the base of it and spend...

Backpacking Tips for Beginners

Here is a wonderful article called Backpacking Tips for Beginners I found on REI’s website.This article touches on how to prepare, pack, and respect the backcountry. This article is not only great for beginners, but can also be a good refresher for more experienced...