Yosemite: Tuolumne  Meadows

Yosemite: Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows- gem of Yosemite. Located on the Eastern side of the park, Tuolumne is one of the best places to go in order to avoid the crowds of Yosemite Valley. It offers amazing hikes as well as easy to find camping (even during the crazy summer months). Rene is gleaming after hiking to the top … Continue reading

Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park

Backpacking in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone- the first National Park in the world. After returning from a summer in Tanzania, two of my best friends flew out to Denver, Colorado to meet up for an epic backpacking adventure. After leaving the airport, we drove through Lander, Wyoming and pitched our tent in the Lander City Park overnight an excellent free camping location in … Continue reading

Lead Climbing in Red Rock, Nevada

Lead Climbing in Red Rock, Nevada

In January 2014, I applied for a grant that would help me travel to Red Rock National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas in Nevada in order to make my first attempt at outdoor lead climbing. In February I was awarded the grant and Scotty and I bought our tickets to Red Rock for March 26-29th! … Continue reading

Bouldering Bishop, California

Bouldering Bishop, California

Bishop is a small town on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in California. It is actually the largest populated place in Inyo County with a whopping population of 3,879 people as of 2010. It is well known for two things: mules (mix between a donkey & a horse) and rock climbing. … Continue reading

Mission: Wolf, Westcliffe, Colorado

Mission: Wolf, Westcliffe, Colorado

Located in the Wet Mountains about 40 minutes outside of small town of Westcliffe (pop.=600) in Colorado is one of the most remarkable places in the world- Mission:Wolf Mission:Wolf is a wolf sanctuary run by Kent Weber and Tracy Brooks. They, along with many volunteers, care for 38 wolves and wolf/dog crosses that were once … Continue reading

Sykes Hot Springs, Big Sur, California

Sykes Hot Springs, Big Sur, California

Need a break from the city? How do some relaxing hot springs in the wilderness sound?  Sykes Hot Springs are is of the best “hidden” treasures in the greater Bay Area. Located in the Ventana Wilderness in Big Sur, these smelly and incredibly comfortable hot springs provide much needed relief for weary backpackers making their … Continue reading

New Years Resolution: Become a Minimalist

New Years Resolution: Become a Minimalist

After spending the majority of 2013 traveling, there is one thing I have come to find extremely useful- having less stuff. This whole concept of minimalism is not a new one, however, it goes against the American ideal that material possessions are a direct indicator of wealth and success. This is one ideal I am … Continue reading