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Skiing the Yosemite Border from June Lake to Badger Pass

Skiing the Yosemite Border from June Lake to Badger Pass

“Which way is it?” I tipped my head up towards the wall that soared skyward just west of the parking lot, with a waterfall high above us like a wild…

Trans-Sierra ski trek: “The Mountains Let Us Through”

Trans-Sierra ski trek: “The Mountains Let Us Through”

Setting out under heavy packs near the gateway town of Lee Vining, we knew the day ahead would test our strength. Sixteen miles separated us from our first destination, the…

Snowy destinations abound in wintry Yosemite

Snowy destinations abound in wintry Yosemite

As we gazed over Tuolumne Meadows and countless snowy pinnacles, we saw not a soul and scarcely a sign that people had ever been there. It was hard to believe…

Like father, like sons on Dad’s High Sierra hike

Like father, like sons on Dad’s High Sierra hike

For a middling fisherman like me, a nibble in a backcountry lake is a big deal, especially the first one after eight days on the trail. I eagerly reeled in…

Ebbetts Pass: “pleasurable and memorable”

Ebbetts Pass: “pleasurable and memorable”

Some of my best trips have been the result of aborted expeditions and the thereafter. Such was our late autumn hike to to Kinney Lake. Our original plan was to…

Happy hiking with kids, the “no nightmare” approach

Happy hiking with kids, the “no nightmare” approach

Zach suddenly stopped in front of me as we trudged uphill through the woods north of Yosemite. “Pole break, dad.” I shifted the pack on my back. I was carrying…

Journey through time on forgotten Yosemite road

Journey through time on forgotten Yosemite road

Dawn arrived on a clear and chilly day, revealing a gentle stream, wooded hills and a dirt road that extends beyond the horizon. From this spot beside Bower Cave in…

Rafting the Tuolumne: “Each visit here changes your life forever”

Rafting the Tuolumne: “Each visit here changes your life forever”

As we headed towards a raging Clavey Falls, I took a deep breath and gripped my paddle with white knuckles. During the biggest runoff in a decade on the Tuolumne…

Musings of a Mono Lake kayaker

Musings of a Mono Lake kayaker

As I set my kayak down with a crunch on the rough sheets of limestone in a few inches of salty water, I disturbed a furious cloud of tiny black…

Angels help weary on Pacific Crest Trail

Angels help weary on Pacific Crest Trail

Though hundreds of hikers per year attempt the 2,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail, my cousin Zach Padlo and I hit the wall around mile 26. We weren’t…