Archive for January, 2010

Mosquitos and dark clothing

January 29th, 2010
Question: Does dark-colored clothing really attract more mosquitoes then light-colored clothing?

Answer: Mosquitoes are more attracted to people in dark clothing than in light-colored clothing.   They use sight, smell, and heat to find a blood meal, and those people that study mosquitoes agree that the bugs see dark objects more easily than light objects.

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Mount Baldy Panorama Posted

January 21st, 2010

I’ve just posted a moving panoramic photo from the summit of Mount Baldy. Be sure to use the drop down menu to access the other panoramas. Happy trials.

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Kearsarge Pass and Rae Lakes

January 15th, 2010

These photos are from a trip I took in July 09. I did not have my video camera with me on this one. I have since purchased a still camera with HD movie capabilities and will be taking that with me on future extended trips.

This trip started in Onion Valley, which is located west of Independence, CA (just north of Lone Pine where the Whitney turnoff is). We car camped the first night, then backpacked over Kearsarge pass into the Kearsarge lakes area. I think in hindsight we could have left San Diego early and hiked up and over the pass in one day. At any rate, the Kearsarge Lakes area was beautiful and there was a trail interconnecting the series of lakes.

The next day we hiked up and over Glen Pass. The north side of the pass was covered in snow, but following the shoe tracks did not prove that difficult. Hiking poles helped quite a bit on this stretch. It was a long day and I was pretty tired by the time we reached the middle Rae Lake. The Rae Lakes basin is beautiful (despite the numerous mosquitoes – bring netting). See the panoramas section for the view from Glen Pass.

The next day we did a day hike up to Dollar Lake. Again, stunning scenery and good fishing. This was a take-it-easy day and I decided not to venture up into the 60 lakes basin area to the west of Rae Lakes.

Next day we got an early start and hiked back over Glen Pass and then Kearsarge Pass. We stopped to make camp at Flower Lake. This is a nice area to camp because it’s by a stream (for water pumping) and it has a beautiful but small lake. I did notice more people here because it’s much closer to the main trailhead.

The final day was a short march down to the cars, pizza in Lone Pine and then a 4 hour drive back to San Diego. I am planning on doing the Rae Lakes loop from Sequoia National Park this upcoming 2010 summer. That would be a four night trip and cover about 45 miles.

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A visit to the Mud Caves

January 15th, 2010

This past weekend my wife and I visited the mud caves in Anza Borrego Desert State Park east of San Diego. I had heard quite a bit about these caves and was glad to finally check them out for myself. They are relatively simple to reach and require only about 5 miles of driving on dirt roads. Once in Arroyo Tapiado (where the mudcaves are located) you can spot the caves on the sides of the canyons. I estimate there are 4 -5 side canyons to explore and maybe 12-15 caves. We only had time to do four caves. Will be back to do further exploring for sure. See photos and a short video clip shot by my wife.

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A note about DEET

January 4th, 2010

In a 2002 New England Journal of Medicine report on exhaustive testing of insect repellents, DEET was found to be the strongest repellent, and 28.5% percent DEET was enough. After that, the ‘skeeters stayed off the same, no matter how high the concentration.

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Iron Mountain – San Diego

January 3rd, 2010

Here is a video trip report of Iron Mountain in San Diego. This is an excellent training hike and offers excellent views. It can be reached from the main trail featured in this video or via the less traveled Ellie Lane parking lot.


Cowles Mountain – San Diego

January 3rd, 2010

Here is a video trip report of one of the most popular trails in the city of San Diego.
Cowles Mountain is the tallest peak in the city at over 1,500 feet and offers a panoramic view extending to the ocean.