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  • 11 Jun 2014 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    Over Memorial Day Weekend 2014 I got a hall pass from my family, hoisted my pack and set out to spend a week sleeping on the ground. It was a real “On The Road” experience replete with carpooling, hitchhiking (sort-of), camping out with strangers/new friends, an elusive guy named “Slim”, a restaurant called “Grumpy Bear’s Retreat”, and nearly stepping on a coiled rattlesnake. What a trip! It couldn’t have been scripted more perfectly for me. I hiked 52 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows in the company of many thru-hikers on their way on foot to Canada.

    Full blog post about this trip is at: http://thelipstickhippie.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/playing-pacific-crest-trail-thru-hiker/

    YouTube slideshow of the trip (http://youtu.be/LtJ7Fpn49EY) is below.

  • 10 Feb 2014 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    This weekend I took a backpacking trip to the silver mining ghost town of Panamint City, Death Valley, CA. Mines operated in Panamint City in the 1870s when it was a rip roaring’ town of approx. 5,000 residents. A flash flood washed the town out of history until it was revived by miners in the mid-1900s. Again, a flash flood closed the valley until it was rediscovered again by hikers in the 1980s. Panamint City is 6.5 miles and approx. 3000 ft up Surprise Canyon outside of the ghost town of Ballarat.

    This YouTube video is a slideshow of the trip:

    This trip was made in memory of the young Kevin Coon who left us too soon. Please see this time-lapse video of the beautiful sunset we enjoyed. This sunset video was created on this trip as a tribute to him: 

  • 01 Jan 2014 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    wish you a wonderful 2014! My family spent our New Years Eve at Saddleback Butte State Park. Our affair was a private one. Only the four of us were invited. Our event cost us $1.60 for the gourmet Cup of Noodles dinner. We rocked out to the melodic stylings of The Musical Road. It was an epic party!
  • 30 Dec 2013 3:53 PM | Anonymous
    You are fortunate to live in close proximity to many National and State Parks that are wonderful places to hike. Sometimes it is more convenient to park in the day-use parking areas near the trailheads. Day-use fees are usually approximately $5/day, but if you are a frequent hiker it is beneficial to invest in an annual pass. Purchasing annual passes also helps financially support the preservation and conservation of the wilderness you enjoy.  Here are the passes that will enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors in Southern California...
  • 21 Dec 2013 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    I took my 10 year old son on his second backpacking trip ever, but this was his first time carrying his own expedition pack. Just he and I hiked together, but we met a few adult friends at the destination. I had never hiked this trail before and didn’t realize until I arrived that we would be backpacking 2.6 miles straight uphill in the sun...

  • 09 Dec 2013 3:35 PM | Anonymous
    The good new is that humans, thanks to our ability to reason and our opposable thumbs, are apex predators. However, it also stands to reason that unless your opposable thumbs are gripping a hunting spear while you hike, you need to use those wits of yours to acquire knowledge about wildlife and how to deal with it peacefully.

    To put your mind at ease right off the bat, bear in mind that animals prefer not to eat adult humans. We are way too big to pick off as a casual kill, and furthermore we reek of gross chemicals (deodorant, hairspray, scented lotions...). We are usually slathered with goo that is absolutely disgusting to animals and is no invitation to dinner for the sensitive noses of predators.

    However, we carry delicious things in our backpacks and we are slobs who scatter yummy scraps all over the trail. It is the scent of our scrumptious treats that have conditioned animals to associate humans with food. As hikers, we can keep ourselves and others safe by practicing good Leave No Trace wilderness principals which help animals unlearn to associate humans with a quick snack.
    • Never drop litter on the trail. Always carry a little sack for trash and carry out what you carry in.
    • Observe animals from afar, do not follow or approach them.
    • Don't feed animals.
    • Store your food and trash securely. (Don't leave that bag of Cheez Its open on the ground while you run off to tinkle.) Keep open food within arms reach, otherwise store it securely in your pack.
    • Leave your dog at home. Little dogs are just advertising themselves as "Lunch" and big dogs disturb wildlife that's minding its own business.
    • If you see a wild animal with its babies, stay far far away. Mama's first priority is to protect its young at all cost. You will be the cost.
    • If it is winter in the snow, or spring just after animals have awakened from hibernation, big wild animals will be super duper hungry! This is the time to use extreme caution and learn more about safe practices in that area.
    Basically, the Southern California day hiker doesn't have a lot to worry about in the way of threats from wild animals, but there are ways to be sure both you and the animals will remain safe from harm. Below are a few practical pointers about various animals (and bugs) you will encounter while hiking in the Los Angeles area. Read on...  (Linked page is accessible to Members Only.  Become a member now.)

    Image courtesy of vectorolie / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  • 08 Dec 2013 11:39 AM | Anonymous
    Learn how to enhance your wilderness skills while saving the world!  Free & paid workshops are listed.
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  • 06 Dec 2013 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    Thousand Island Lake in Inyo National Forest is only accessible to Backpackers ... like you!

    Can you hike to the most remote and beautiful places in the world? Yes you can! Can you live for several days in the wilderness carrying your household necessities on your back? Of course! You may not know how to do this today, but you will know how very soon. Backpacker Train Track will help you condition your muscles, learn what to take to keep your pack light, give you some experienced advice, and point you in the right direction to learn more advanced wilderness skills. Backpacker Train Track will turn you into the kind of overnight backpacker that enjoys the hiking, the carrying, and the camping. Everything is possible!

    Backpacker Train Track is a two-month coaching track that includes:
    -a series of weekly hikes with the Wild Women Hiking Adventure Guide designed to help you learn to carry more and more pack weight over greater distances
    -referrals to resources to learn backcountry skills
    -sample backpacking gear list
    -sample backpacking food list
    -ongoing mentoring throughout the two-month track
    -an overnight backpacking trip with the Wild Women Hiking Adventure Guide where you can practice using your backcountry skills and gear. Believe it or not, you will be ready!

    Sign up for the Backpacker Train Track: http://wildwomenhiking.wildapricot.org/join

    Have access to historic places most people only see in photographs: The John Muir Trail photographed by Ansel Adams, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and even the Native American trade routes through our own local mountains. Did you know that the Pacific Crest Trail, an uninterrupted trail that extends from the Mexican Border to the Canadian border, passes within few dozen miles of your house? You could be on it. You could hike from Mexico to Canada in one summer! When you become confident backpacking, all adventure seems possible. Let us help you learn.

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