Combs’ Peak / PCT

Our friends invited us to come for a backpacking trip up in Sequoia National Park over the Memorial Day weekend. After calling the ranger station up there and hearing that it would likely be below freezing overnight we… Read More

Tahquitz Peak Trail / PCT

Papa Rob was in town and we thought that would be a great excuse for a bit of a hike. We were going to try some desert hiking but the thought of being out in the heat all… Read More

Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off 2013

Since we weren’t thru hiking the PCT this year, we decided we may as well attend the ADZPCTKO ¬†(“Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off”) to see where it all begins. So after a hearty breakfast of… Read More

Aqua Caliente Creek PCT hike

We hit the trail for a mid-week day hike, the PCT near Warner Springs. The trail begins at highway 79 and meanders north through meadows and a dry creek or wash area until reaching the Cleveland National Forest…. Read More

Hosp Grove hike

This year started off with a bang as we moved down south to Oceanside. We said goodbye to Marina del Rey and all the trails near LA, and have said hello to all that San Diego County has… Read More

Cooper Canyon Falls Trail

With our shake-down camp behind us, we were finally ready to go on a real backpacking trip. I found a short loop on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest that happened to be very close… Read More

Big Bear equipment shake-down

After the completion of our quilt, we had finished our three-piece ultralight equipment extravaganza, which also included the Tarp and the Net-tent for bugs. These were all designed by Ray and Jenny Jardine, ultralight backpacking and Pacific Crest… Read More

Musch Trail, Topanga Canyon

With our new handmade tarp complete and our groundsheet softened, we headed out to Topanga Canyon for a day hike and tarp set-up practice!

Hiking La Jolla Valley Trail

Another week since we were on the trail and we needed to get back out. Simon selected the La Jolla Valley Trail from my Day Hikes in Los Angeles book. This trail was of interest because just two… Read More

Hiking the Backbone Trail, Malibu

Only one week after returning home to Marina del Rey from our successful trip to Mammoth we were starved for more trail. So we turned to my book, Day Hikes in Los Angeles, for some local inspiration. We… Read More

Hiking in Mammoth

My parents invited my sister’s family and us to all stay in a condo together in the Mammoth Lakes town. ¬†Simon and I were both thrilled and frightened at the prospect of bringing Gabriel (who would be just… Read More

Topanga Canyon Hike

This was Gabriel’s first official hike! Donned with a baby hiking backpack “Tatonka” (that was thoughtfully given to us by Nanna Pam), hats, a bagged lunch and some water, we were hitting the trail for the first time…. Read More