Solving a 1904 Mystery – Is Elizabeth Pass misplaced on maps?

1903 Map of Elizabath Pass

You’re going to laugh. I am up to my sleuthing again. Recently I posted a lengthy blog post on recreating my 1987 trip to the Tunemah Trail based on photographs and sketchy evidence. Using Google Earth and other maps, I was able to piece together and solve the mystery of that trip.   In *this* […]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge

The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog back inside as soon as possible. However, my daughter wanted to get some water, go back outside, and play in the […]

Tunemah Trail Backpacking Trip – A 1987 mystery unfolds

Last day - atop Crown Pass

Warning: Long Blog Post In 1987, I went on a backpacking trip to the Tunemah Trail near the LeConte and White Divides, in the Sierra Nevada. Using photos, maps, and cryptic captions, I performed research in 2015 and slowly found out where we really went. This will probably be the longest blog post I’ll ever […]

Peak a Peak and Go – 100 Peaks Youth T-Shirt now available on Adayak

Twins in the canyon

100 Peaks Youth T-Shirts are now available at Adayak.com. They’ve been available for a while, but I forgot to post it here. What a savvy businessman I am! All versions of the t-shirt can be found there, too. Many of my readers, including myself, have children that like to show off their outdoor prowess. Set them up […]

Canadian Rockies – A gorgeous change of plans

Peyto Lake and the Misaya River Valley

Sometimes you don’t get the trip that you planned, but you get one that you need. Our trip to the Canadian Rockies started out a little rocky. Our plan was this: The PD and I would fly to Calgary, drive out to Kootenay National Park and leave our rental car at the Floe Lake Trailhead, […]

Sequoia National Park – Where my love of the outdoors began

My first trip to Sequoia National Park - Age 6 in 1978 at Squatters Cabin

Sequoia National Park. The first time I visited was when I was six. From my parents’ recollection, my memory, and faded photos, it was the quiet alternative to the more popular and iconic Yosemite National Park. Is it where I earned my first patch from picking up trash along the trail, ate my first s’mores, and saw […]

The 100 Peaks Blog Turns 6 – A Wildlife Photo Collection

Marmot on the way to Windom Peak, Colorado

It was 6 years ago on June 24th that I posted my first hike, to Iron Mountain. Since then, I’ve been a lot of interesting places and have seen a lot of interesting things. I normally do a photograph collection on these anniversaries, and this one is no different. I’ve decided to share my photos of the […]

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic

Sunshine Mountain from the trailhead

On TV, YouTube, and social media, we constantly see images of people trekking over hundreds of miles, scaling ice walls, sailing across oceans, living out of their vans, and traversing crevasse-ridden glaciers. Then there’s the rest of us. Leading normal lives, yearning to taste even a little bit of what these sponsored athletes are doing. […]

YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp – Gear Review – A view with a zoom

YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp

Disclaimer: I was contacted by an extremely pleasant representative of YKS, a manufacturer in China, asking if I would review one of their products. The item, the YKS Adjustable Beam Focus LED Headlamp reviewed in this article, was listed on Amazon and had good reviews. I said, “Sure” and shortly received the free headlamp with the understanding […]