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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…

Eat better on the trail with hiker’s cookbook

Eat better on the trail with hiker’s cookbook

If you love backpacking, and love good food, but rarely enjoy them both at the same time (like me), then you’ll benefit from reading “The Hungry Spork: A…

“Fool’s gold” can forge golden memories

“Fool’s gold” can forge golden memories

We reached the foot of the mountain early, which should have tipped us off; climbing trips never go ahead of schedule. But the summit looked inviting and achievable, so the…

Bidding farewell to Royal Robbins

Bidding farewell to Royal Robbins

We bid a sad but fond farewell to Royal Robbins, who died this week at age 82. The noted climber who pioneered routes on Half Dome and El Capitan not…

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 loomed west of the parking lot. “Ok.” Mom shook her head. I gave her a hug, feeling…

“On the Nose” recounts airy adventures

“On the Nose” recounts airy adventures

On his first attempt to climb The Nose of El Capitan, Hans Florine and his partner survived a near-death experience and retreated. But they succeeded on their second push…

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…