How I trained for Mt Whitney

Summiting Mt Whitney is one of my all time favorite treks into the eastern sierra wilderness. It’s difficult, it’s rewarding and sometimes it requires you to poo in a wagbag and carry out your waste. Summiting this gorgeous fourteen hundred foot mountain is not every hikers cup of tea (Or pouch of GU if you …

The Best Spicy Cold Cut sandwich to Power Your Long Distance Trek

I had been hiking straight up a mountain since just before dawn when I came across Dry Lake at just over nine thousand feet. Trekking through a foot of snow for the last two hours had been rough and my calves and hamstrings were on fire as I finally took a break to catch my …

Lightning Strikes and the Bird Flu

This mornings July sunrise was one of the most gorgeous I had ever seen in a long time. The sky was full of pre-thunder storm wispy clouds and stripped with pinks and purples. It was a stunningly gorgeous sight as we parked the truck near the bottom of the Skyline Trail. Looking back now, I’m …

I Used to be a Runner

I can’t recall how many early mornings I’ve found myself lacing up my running shoes in the dark and pounding out miles of alpine trails before the sun even came up. I have literally almost run into sleepy Black Bears on our trails through the wilderness, as the sun was just beginning to rise over …

Kitchen Sink Smoothie

Sometimes life can be unbelievably stressful. All you want to do is go for a badass mountain bike ride but there are forty-five mile an hour wind gusts and the air is a thick brown blanket of dust. So you stay home and follow the old senior citizen cat around with a mop cleaning up …