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Read maps’ fine print to discover diverse history

Read maps’ fine print to discover diverse history

A map of the Sierra Nevada mountains reads like a fascinating history book. If you study one, you’ll read scores of names from European American men of the 19th…

Climbing legend shares Yosemite spirit

Climbing legend shares Yosemite spirit

Ron Kauk has inspired people around the world with his rock climbing career for many years. Since 2009, he has also been helping the surrounding community through his non-profit…

Yosemite first-timer had “a really great experience”

Yosemite first-timer had “a really great experience”

I’m hanging off the side of a rock ready to take my next steps up and not fall. I look down at the ground far below. The only thing…

Calaveras Big Trees provides worthy winter treks

Calaveras Big Trees provides worthy winter treks

Do you often wonder why your friends and family don’t love cross country skiing as you do? More than once, my wife and I have tried to introduce the…

Noble Canyon hike provides perfect getaway

Noble Canyon hike provides perfect getaway

I completed this hike on Labor Day, a wonderful time of the year to be in the Ebbetts Pass area. The trailhead is located in wide impressive canyon. The trail…

Plastic: not fantastic for Earth, wildlife or us

Plastic: not fantastic for Earth, wildlife or us

Would it be possible to go a full day without using any plastic? For the majority of us across the world, the answer is no. There are little things you…

Lessons learned on the John Muir Trail

Lessons learned on the John Muir Trail

The whooshing sound of the wind whipping through the tops of the pine trees was interrupted by a large crack of thunder. Brilliant flashes of lightning illuminated the tent. Lying…

Get inspired at Inspiration Point

Get inspired at Inspiration Point

My wife and I had spent a good part of the morning trying to find the trail head to Duck Lake near Lake Alpine but the snow (still plentiful in…

Sequoias’ namesake park deserves a visit

Sequoias’ namesake park deserves a visit

Grand as they are, it’s easy to overlook giant sequoias, even for those who visit the Sierra Nevada range often. Tahoe skiers and Yosemite climbers don’t…