Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 22

The Cool Kids laughed at me!

On a super backpacking trip recently, the topic turned to gear. I brought out my ziplock bag of safety gear – stuff that is ALWAYS in my pack, on a short day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. And the cool kids laughed at me! Well…that’s a BIT of an exaggeration. But they were a …

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Jul 19

Umunhum: The Crown Jewel of the South Bay

Folks living in the South Bay might not know the name “Mount Umunhum”. But if you ask them about “the mountain with the white cube on top”, they will instantly know what you’re talking about. Visible from practically everywhere in San Jose and vicinity, Umunhum is a landmark. It is also a jewel. During the …

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Jul 19

SPOT Connect: An Update

SPOT Connect Map

I’ve written twice before about SPOT Connect, a product that combines a satellite emergency beacon with a GPS, and lets you send messages to folks back home even when you’re beyond cellphone service. When I go on long solo hikes or multi-day backpacking trips the family back home likes being able to check in and …

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Jul 12

Bodie

I haven’t talked about it here yet, but a few months back I bought a 4×4. My goal was to be able to see parts of California – particularly the Sierra – that otherwise we couldn’t get to. (I’ll write more about this in other articles…soon, I hope.) Anyway, for our first offroad adventure, Elaine …

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Jul 11

Devil’s Postpile National Monument

Elaine and I spent an extended weekend in the Sierra. I’ll write several articles about it … first installment: Devil’s Postpile I’ve wanted to go see the Postpile for years, but I honestly didn’t know really what it was. Posts. OK. Somehow I vaguely thought it was a rock climbing spot. (It’s not.) Anyway, we …

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Jul 10

Six Weeks

Six weeks. In our normal lives, six weeks isn’t all that long. But in some places, at some times, six weeks is everything. The difference between life and death, cold and warm, white and green. I took these photos, in the same spots, six weeks apart in the Eastern Sierra. Quite a difference. Six weeks. …

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