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

A fox in the tree, Cleveland National Forest, San Diego

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 […]

Have I lost my mountain mojo?

The PD on challenging day on the way to Mount Whitney in 2010

About 9 months ago, I read the following paragraph in a blog about summiting spectacular peaks in the Canadian Rockies. I had been reading this blog for several years and his posts about the peaks he climbs in challenging winter conditions are truly inspirational. Many are climbs the likes of which I will never attempt. […]

Dpower Backpacking Stove – Simple and affordable – Gear Review

Water boils!

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 Dpower backpacking stove reviewed in this article, was listed on Amazon and had good reviews. I said, “Sure” and shortly received the free stove with the understanding that […]

d.light Solar Lighting – Rugged, Lightweight, and Affordable – Gear Review

d.light S300 Lantern with Solar Panel and Mobile Charging

In June of 2014, after reading a review, I purchased the d.light LED Solar Rechargeable #S20 Area Lantern. The lantern was designed as an alternative to kerosene lamps for developing countries, where, in many cases, productivity that requires lighting ceases at sunset. The S20 has a built in solar panel and sheds quite a bit […]

Peak 3339 – Peak 71 – A rocky peak at the edge of the desert

View to the east from Peak 3339

Peak 3339 Elevation: 3,339′ Miles: 6.6 Trailhead Agency: McCain Valley National Wildlife Area (BLM) When scanning the list of remaining peaks I have on the San Diego 100 Peaks list, I realized there was one that wasn’t either a 2-hour drive or had double-digit mileage. As you see, I appeared to have saved the best and most […]