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

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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Backpacking Thousand Island Lake Loop in My First Thunderstorm

Hike Reports

HIKE TO: THOUSAND ISLAND LAKE, GARNET LAKE, EDIZA LAKE, SHADOW LAKE TRAIL: AGNEW MEADOWS > RIVER TRAIL/ SHADOW CREEK > JMT > HIGH TRAIL/PCT MILES: 23.73 MILES TIME: 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS DATE I WENT: 7/21 – 7/23, 2018 DIFFICULTY: MODERATE BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE PERMIT: YES LOCATION: ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS, MAMMOTH/ EASTERN SIERRA DAY 1: 7.35 […]

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My First Solo Backpacking Trip – Henninger Flats

Hike Reports

HIKE TO: HENNINGER FLATS, UPPER CAMPGROUND TRAIL: MT WILSON TOLL RD MILES: 6 MILES OUT AND BACK ELEVATION: 2600 FT ELEVATION GAIN: 1300 -1500 FT ish TIME: 1 NIGHT (2 HR TOTAL HIKE TIME) DATE I WENT: 6/29 – 6/30, 2018 DIFFICULTY: MODERATE BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE PERMIT: NO, BUT YOU NEED TO SIGN IN AT […]

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Upper Yosemite Falls, Struggles of a Winter Hike


Hiking Trip Reports

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


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]


Hiking Trip 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


Hiking Trip Reports

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

Sneak Peak of San Gorgonio Hike


Hike Reports

Since I’ve been slow at updating my hikes, I just wanted to first share that I backpacked Mt San Gorgonio via the Vivian Creek Trail and finally completed the Socal Six Pack of Peaks last weekend! 😀 😀 😀 Check back for my full blog post later. 😉

August 7, 2015

Bailey Canyon Hike to the Second Bench


Hiking Trip Reports

So no weekend is complete without a hike.  The weekend of EDC, we came back on Sunday [6.21.15], and i went straight to a hike after grubbing.  My friend came over so we went hiking at the closest trail to my place which was the first peak I’ve ever conquered: Jones Peak of Bailey Canyon […]

July 24, 2015

National Trails Day: Wisdom Tree


Hike Reports

I had to come back to one of my favorite trails for a quick hike on National Trails Day [6.6.15] — the Wisdom Tree in Hollywood.  I do this one so much so I am not going to do a full write up.  From the car (I was in the first spot) to the tree, it took […]

June 25, 2015