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Rock Creek Winter Backpack – Good news: my eyeballs didn’t freeze January 30, 2022 - It was a 5.5 hour drive but mostly carefree with a lovely sunrise coming up the 15. The temps in the high desert was in the high 40s (F) for the most part and the air was clean and clear, every detail on the mountains (Sierra Nevada to my left, Inyo then White to my … Continue reading Rock Creek Winter Backpack – Good news: my eyeballs didn’t freeze
Last Crumb – I paid $150 for raw cookies January 30, 2022 - You need understand that I love cookies. I’d give up eggs, fish, cheese, candy, caffeine – all the other loves and vices – if I could keep cookies. I want to start the absolutely useless charity of sending cookies to underprivileged peoples around the globe because I think more smiles would make the world a … Continue reading Last Crumb – I paid $150 for raw cookies
Decided on the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro January 30, 2022 - Well, so much for trying to find a tiny GPS watch! In prior posts I discussed my love for the Samsung Galaxy Fit2 as a daily wear – the only issue being no GPS so I always end up bringing a Garmin handheld for longer day hikes which seems like overkill on familiar or established … Continue reading Decided on the Garmin Fenix 6S Pro
Part 2: Tried FitBit, Mostly Fixed Garmin, More Stats November 21, 2021 - Ignore all my long-stressed over words and skip to Bottom Line. In the last post, I was complaining about a lack of Garmin accuracy on the smallest watch with built-in GPS I could find between Polar and Garmin, the Garmin Venu Sq. It’s not really much smaller than the Polar M400, but it’s less bulky … Continue reading Part 2: Tried FitBit, Mostly Fixed Garmin, More Stats
I can’t quit Polar, Garmin accuracy lacking November 15, 2021 - Backstory and Motivation Skip to review if you don’t want to put up with how much I type or don’t care, I’ll understand. It doesn’t make sense that I have been buying new GPS watches hoping to replace something that has never failed me. I think I’m doing it because I want something smaller and … Continue reading I can’t quit Polar, Garmin accuracy lacking
Trip Report: very dry leaves sketchy water sources, 2 nights up Rush Creek September 28, 2021 - Some gear notes below, but for now let’s start at the beginning: I drove up Hwy 395 last Thursday, enjoying mountain views now that the wind changed direction and the area was more hazy than filled with brown smoke. By the time I made it to the June Lake Loop and skies were blue and … Continue reading Trip Report: very dry leaves sketchy water sources, 2 nights up Rush Creek
Trip report: into thin air on San Gorgonio August 23, 2021 - Yesterday I summitted San Gorgonio via the Vivian Creek Trail. It took 4:50 to get up there (11,503 ft) and 4:03 to get down (6,080′) for 18 miles in 9 hours, but my overall moving time was 8 hours and that is pretty great for me so training has really paid off. I must say … Continue reading Trip report: into thin air on San Gorgonio
Trip Report: a hot Modjeska Peak August 16, 2021 - The training continues, this time super locally (25 minute drive on local streets). Most of the area to the east is closed due to a devastating fire, but this area was green and lush looking (when you are in it, it’s poking brush and cactus). I’d never been on this trail before, idea and hiking … Continue reading Trip Report: a hot Modjeska Peak
Trip Report: Cottonwood Trails of the Eastern Sierra August 9, 2021 - Smoke from the Dixie fire filled the high desert. When I was driving up early Saturday the Inyo Mountains were not visible at all and the Sierra was faint from the 395. I was not optimistic about hiking. The winding, steep Horseshoe Meadows Road felt like being in a void: nothing could be seen over … Continue reading Trip Report: Cottonwood Trails of the Eastern Sierra
Trip Report: Lovely San Jacinto August 3, 2021 - Whew, another tough one! I revisited the steep Marion Mountain Trail for the first time in many years: a 5.6 mile (official, my elevation map shows 11 total, which is a bit low, but some people claim 11.4+?) one way trek to the summit of San Jacinto (a rare peak that is a pile of … Continue reading Trip Report: Lovely San Jacinto
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