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
*Skip to the very bottom for the video review* Disclaimer: The author sent me this book to review. I have no affiliations with the author nor do I have any obligations to publish a review. As you may know (or will quickly find), most backpackers are concerned about the weight of their pack. This book … Continue reading Review: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide
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
After almost a year of using the BRS-3000T titanium stove (which weighs a measly 25 grams / 1oz), I've decided to go "heavier" with the 2.7oz Soto Amicus stove. With this extra weight, I now have a stove that is more wind-resistant, stable, and durable. It also has a handy piezo ignition built-in which means I … Continue reading First Impressions & Testing: Soto Amicus Stove
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!