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Favorite five Tahoe backpacking trips

Favorite five Tahoe backpacking trips

Here is a subjective list of the best introductory overnight backpacking trips in Tahoe but, be forewarned, all of these involve significant elevation gain even if the mileage is relatively…

Roust the rebels from our mountains

Roust the rebels from our mountains

“May God have mercy on Bobby Lee, for I will have none,” decreed Union General Joe Hooker during the Civil War. His druthers are my druthers. Confederates have invaded the…

RIP Scott Cosgrove: great climber, great friend

RIP Scott Cosgrove: great climber, great friend

Scott Cosgrove, a 52-year-old climber of extraordinary accomplishments in Yosemite and elsewhere, died this week near his home in Santa Monica. His cause of death is unknown, though…

He walked so his friend could too

He walked so his friend could too

Arthur Renowitzky faced an intense hardship with inspiring strength. He had a seemingly unattainable goal. Eugene Yoon wanted to help, but what could he do? Yoon decided to walk 2…

Honnold: super or suicidal?

Honnold: super or suicidal?

Alex Honnold wants us to know that there’s more to him than the difficult rock climbs he ascends without a rope. Then again, he titled his new book…

New book captures John Muir Trail’s hardships, glory

New book captures John Muir Trail’s hardships, glory

Those who have hiked the John Muir Trail know and adore its spectacular scenery, high passes and deep river canyons. Perhaps best of all, backpackers love the sense of adventure…

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…

Hiking Lembert Dome

Hiking Lembert Dome

Take this fairly short and gentle hike to a novel perch atop a granite giant that commands an inspiring view of Tuolumne Meadows. Though the slanted traverse across granite may…