Why I Hike Alone

Doesn't this guy look happy?

About 2 and a half years ago, I posted the tweet below: There's a lot of sensible talk about never hiking alone, but there's something magical about having a mountain to yourself. — 100 Peaks (@100peaks) October 27, 2012 I should have probably called this post Why I (Typically) Hike Alone. Don’t get me wrong, I […]

Cemetery Hill – SD Peak #69 – A Short Backpacking Trip Bathed in Sunset Light

Our tent on Cemetery Hill

Cemetery Hill Elevation: 3,459′ Total Mileage: 3.6 Trailhead Map Agency: Cleveland National Forest I had gotten settled back into San Diego. It had been a couple of months since the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra. I had only gotten out for some short hikes around my house. I’ve been curious about a place in Cleveland […]

5 Tips on Getting Children Interested in the Outdoors

Sophia, playing atop Ghost Mountain

This was originally a blog post that I wrote for the Sport Chalet Outdoor Community blog in 2012. It appears that they have taken it down, so I am reposting it here, with some minor edits. All content is written by me. I’ve added some pictures from over the years to illustrate the point that it […]

Please help save a portion of El Cajon Mountain

A last look back at El Cajon Mountain on the way out

Many of us have hiked El Cajon Mountain, or called El Cap by the locals. It’s a challenging hike that seems like it’s uphill both ways. Recently, the San Diego River Park Foundation were presented with an opportunity to acquire one of the three remaining parcels of privately-own land on the mountain. This one is […]

Being Inspired by the OmniTen Experience

A mountain of Columbia gear

Special thanks to Wilderness Dave for shooting so many awesome photos. It was a day after I returned from Columbia‘s OmniTen week in Park City. I was driving in my car and a song about the singer’s dying mother came on. I broke down into tears. It happened again when I was searching for dogs […]

Getting perspective on Ka’ala Ridge in Oahu

On the Mount Ka'ala Trail - Sporting my Columbia Insect Blocker Shirt

I recently went on vacation in Oahu with my family. It was excellent. We had a great room overlooking the ocean, steps to our own lagoon, we swam with green sea turtles, had shave ice, saw a dear friend, visited Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation, drove around the island, and spent plenty of time […]