A ground shelter tends to work better in most conditions in Southern California. However, I wanted to expand my repertoire by seeing how it feels to hammock camp. I also take my friend Jake on his first backpacking trip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZMyCDb3PE8
With the snow almost gone, I took the opportunity to go up San Gorgonio in a group and bag some peaks. We camped at Dry Lake View at 10,000' and enjoyed some great views. https://youtu.be/933TvxR-Uu0
Trying to push the limits of my various setups, I stuffed 11lbs of gear and 11lbs of food & water into a 25L pack for an overnight trip on Mt. Baldy via Ice House Canyon trail. This is the same gear that I've used year-round in different conditions. Total distance was 30 miles with over … Continue reading Summit camping with a 25L pack
A quick day hike to complete the 5 Peak Challenge in Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego. Total elevation gain of 6,000' over roughly 15 miles. I completed it in under 8 hours with a 15lb pack for extra training. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=588cRYK0kIo
We camped overnight on Cucamonga Peak and hiked up Bighorn Peak and Ontario Peak the next day. I woke up in the morning thinking I had been transported back in time to Canada in the winter. How lucky we were to experience this kind of beauty in Southern California in May. You have to see … Continue reading Windy, rainy, foggy, snowy, and sunny on Cucamonga Peak
With a moments' notice, I learned what I could about trail conditions and headed out to tackle San Bernardino Peak. The journey there involved a good amount of snow travel and off-trail navigation. I even bagged East San Bernardino Peak as well. What a scenic trail this was!
This was my second time camping on the highest summit in SoCal. The weather was great, just like last time (I would hate to see what it's like here when it turns sour). There was some icy snow that softened by mid-day en route to the summit but the summit itself had been cleared by … Continue reading Camping on the summit of San Gorgonio