I used to think hiking downhill was much easier than hiking uphill. I also used to think I could hike just fine without a pair of hiking poles, which I considered the requisite sign of bad knees and getting old. Ah, to be in my 20s again.
When it comes to classic Yosemite peaks, Half Dome gets all the attention. All the maps and trail guides talk about Half Dome. Every person who finds out you’re in Yosemite has to ask, “Have you done Half Dome?” But what they should really be asking is, “Have you done Cloud’s Rest?” This rocky ridge, […]
After acclimatizing at Raisin Lake for two days, we were rested, relaxed, and excited to begin (like, truly begin) our backpacking journey from Yosemite High Country to Yosemite Valley. Another friend was meeting us for this leg of the trip, so our threesome soon became a foursome. From the parking lot at May Lake, we […]
I fell off the face of the earth recently. Disconnected. In the mountains. Traipsing across the magnificent granite domes of Yosemite with a backpack that weighed in around 45 pounds, but gradually dropped to 35 pounds as my bear can emptied over a week of dehydrated meals, salumi, cheese, oats, nuts, chocolate, and dozens of […]
After seven days in Yosemite, I’m getting back to this dubious business of living in the “real world.” Back to emails, and voicemails, and stacks of snail mail, and TV shows sitting on the DVR (well, those I’ll take). But in between all of that, I’m starting the daunting task of downloading, browsing, and editing […]
No, I’m not the troublemaker here. But the infamous rapid on the South Fork American River certainly lives up to its name — a swerving Class IV with a powerful diagonal wave threatening to flip any boat that goes over it, a swift-moving hole, and a big drop next to Gunsight Rock (unless you’re able […]
For me, every trip through the Eastern Sierra has to start or end with a hot spring. In a former life, I think I was a balneologist — one who studies the therapeutic effects of thermal baths. Now I just like to pretend I’m one! I have my favorites, like the Long Valley Caldera classics […]