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: 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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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


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

Backpacking Havasupai in One Night


Hike Reports

Hike to: Mooney Falls / HavasupaiTrail:  Havasu Falls TrailMiles:  20 miles out & back (parking lot to Supai: 8 mi | Supai to Mooney Falls: 2mi)Time:  1 overnighter (started 7 am first day, finished 2:30 pm second day)Date I went:  11/19 – 11/20 2016Difficulty: easy beginners backpacking trip (except the last mile kind of kicks your […]

December 16, 2016

Backpacking: Big Pine Creek to Third Lake


Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

It’s been awhile since I’ve been backpacking and I must admit – I missed my big Osprey backpacking pack.  I haven’t been since I summit Mt Whitney last August, so last week, I decided I was going back to the Eastern Sierras to backpack just for one night [6.7.16 – 6.8.16]… and talked my adventure […]

June 17, 2016

Upper Yosemite Falls, Struggles of a Winter Hike


Hike Reports, National Parks

Hike summary: ♦ Trail:  Upper Yosemite Falls Trail ♦ Distance:  7.4 miles ♦ Time:  6 hrs 15 mins (including breaks) ♦ Elevation Gain:  2,926 ft (max: 6,961 ft) ♦ Difficulty Level: strenuous (tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park) Winter hikes are really a wondrous things… trails are less busy, everything is white, and the experience is completely different than a summer/spring hike. […]

June 16, 2016

Mt. Whitney Hike Video


Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Video of our backpacking trip to Mount Whitney in August 2015!  It’s a little rocky because it was our first time shooting with the GoPro, but thanks Duy!  It includes footage from the Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills, as well as our journey on the Mount Whitney Trail, Lone Pine Lake, Trail Crest, Pinnacles, and of course […]

October 19, 2015

I Conquered Mount Whitney [14,505 ft]


Eastern Sierra, Hike Reports

Two weeks ago [8.25.15] at 9 am, I summited Mt Whitney… and it was amazing!!  How many people can say that?  Well I’ve been told only 30% of hikers who attempt it will succeed in summiting.  I’ve never even thought about doing this until early this year.  I knew someone that went last year, and someone else […]

September 10, 2015

Temescal Canyon Hike


Hike Reports, LA / SoCal Trails

The world is your playground.  The trails are just maps holding potential adventures.  Enjoy it. [7.27.15] My friend and I planned a hike to Malibu to cliff jump, but since the weather was gloomy and humid, we opt to stay away from the bugs and went about hiking Temescal Canyon.  I’ve never been hiking without […]

August 7, 2015