Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Hike Reports, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

I pass Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada on EVERY Southwest road trip and always told myself I would stop by on the way home if I wasn’t tired… so this time we stopped there at the beginning of our Escalante road trip! I was only there for less than 12 hours, several of […]

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San Gabriel Peak, Sunset Hike in Angeles National Forest on National Trails Day

Hike Reports, LA / SoCal Trails

HIKE TO: San Gabriel Peak TRAIL: Mt. Lowe Road to San Gabriel Peak Trail MILES: 3.2 miles TIME: 1.5 hrs DATE I WENT: 6/1/19 DIFFICULTY: easy-moderate ELEVATION: 5979 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 997/1020 ft HIKE PERMIT: no LOCATION: Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles/ Southern California For National Trails Day 2019, I decided to do a […]

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Backpacking Duck Pass Trail

Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

HIKE TO: Barney Lake, Duck Pass, Duck Lake, and Pika LakeTRAIL: Duck Pass TrailMILES: 5.6 miles one wayELEVATION GAIN: 1739 ftMAX ELEVATION: 10502 ftTIME: 2 days/ 1 night (or you can day hike it 3.5 hr one way)DATE I WENT: 9/1 – 9/2, 2018DIFFICULTY: moderate backpacking trailHIKE PERMIT: yes, wilderness permit required for backcountry campingLOCATION: […]

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Kearsarge Pass: Solo Wilderness Trip

Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Last August [8.17.18] I decided it was time for me to experience the wilderness alone, so I packed up my backpacking pack and got on the road with no trails in mind, just the direction of the 395 N hwy… but Kearsarge Lakes have always caught my eyes. I’ve been hiking for a few years […]

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Wildflowers in Southern California

Hike Reports

Timing is everything. Today marks the first day of Spring and wildflowers are popping up all over Southern California! Here is a guide for you to visit some wildflowers within a short drive from Los Angeles, as well as places with wildflower spottings from previous years to keep an eye on. *Reminder: the wilderness is […]

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International Women’s Day 2019

Hike Reports

7 women to follow on Instagram 👭👭👭👇 The 2019 International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter and the question they ask is how can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? I woke up this morning feeling inspired to write about something besides my usual adventures. Personally, I think we should celebrate women’s achievements everyday, […]

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Mt Whitney: Day Hike vs. Overnight Hike

Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Mount Whitney 14,505 ft… It’s the tallest mountain in the continental US and I’ve been fortunate to summit it 3 times now as both day hikes and an overnight backpacking trip. I have been asked which one is better… so let me break it down for you. 2019 Permits: click to apply for the lotto from 2/22 until 3/15 […]

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Packing for Patagonia

Gear Guide

Patagonia is a bit of a longer trip and I always thought I would need to pack a lot, but I really didn’t need much. If you haven’t already checked out my blog post from my 16-day trip to Patagonia on both the Chile and Argentina side, you can read about it here. As requested, […]

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Death Valley: 24 Hour Trip

Hike Reports, National Parks, Road Trips, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

Trip date: Dec 20-21, 2018Death Valley in 24 hours + 5 sightseeing spots for all levels The winter is the best time to visit the desert because of the weather. It’s much cooler temperatures during the day (low 70s when I went) and the evenings were amazing temps as well, around 55 degrees at night. […]

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The Wave, North Coyote Buttes: Permit & Hike Info

Hike Reports, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

After 14 months of applying, I finally got lucky and won a permit to visit The Wave. To give you a quick background, “the wave” is officially known as North Coyote Buttes and is part of Paria Canyon/ Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. It’s one of the most coveted permits and hardest to get because they only […]

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Patagonia (Trip Guide to Exploring Chile & Argentina)

Hike Reports, National Parks, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

I spent about 2 weeks exploring Patagonia which is the minimum amount of time recommended to me. I went at the end of the summer season and had amazing, almost perfect, weather! The weather is can be unpredictable there so you want to make sure to leave some extra days in case things don’t go as […]

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Ultralight Backpacking Guide: Pack Lighter, Move Faster

Gear Guide

This year, I’ve transitioned from lightweight backpacking to ultralight (UL) backpacking. It’s been an interesting experience and I’m not hardcore and fully into it (there are definitely a lot of areas I can fully go ultralight on but I’m just not willing to yet), but there are two main adjustments for me which I’ll get […]

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Visit St. George, Utah: Outdoor Activities & Parks within 1 Hour Drive

Hike Reports, Road Trips, Trip Guides/ Itineraries

If you’ve been following my journey, then you would know I go to the Southwest a lot and always pass through St. George, Utah, but this year was the first time I’ve spent some time in the city and discovered so much more the surrounding area has to offer besides Zion National Park! Did you […]

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Ultralight Backpacking Guide: Pack Lighter, Move Faster


Gear Guide

This year, I’ve transitioned from lightweight backpacking to ultralight (UL) backpacking. It’s been an interesting experience and I’m not hardcore and fully into it (there are definitely a lot of areas I can fully go ultralight on but I’m just not willing to yet), but there are two main adjustments for me which I’ll get […]

December 18, 2018

How I Have Time to Travel


Hike Reports

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show” -unknown A lot of people have asked me how I am able to travel as much as I do and make a living off of it, so I want to share my secret with everyone. The secret is, there is […]

April 10, 2018

Tiff’s Personal Backpacking List


Gear Guide

If you read my previous backpacking guide post, here’s my personal gear list I use.  I love my gear and I love gear shopping and researching so I’d highly recommend the products I use… amongst so many others of course 🙂 I’m always open to new product recommendations so if you have anything really awesome […]

January 13, 2017

Beginners Backpacking Guide – Tips & Gear


Gear Guide

**disclaimer:  This is a beginners backpacking guide according to MY OPINION.  I’m no expert – I’ve only been backpacking since summer 2015, nothing extreme, haven’t been on too many adventures and have taken a few girls on their first backpacking trip, but I want to share what I’ve learned for anyone else looking to transitioning from […]

January 12, 2017