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Mount Baldy trip report posted

November 9th, 2010

Just posted a video trip report of Mount Baldy via the Ski Hut trail. The descent was done via the Devil’s Backbone trail. Look in the trails section of the site, or click here for the video.

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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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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.

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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.

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San Jacinto Peak – Video Trip Report

September 15th, 2009

Below is the video trip report for San Jacinto Peak via the Palm Springs Tramway.    I did this as a day hike, leaving early from San Diego and catching the first tram up.   I hiked this late in the season (November), but the weather was nice and the first snow had yet to fall.  I’ve also done this peak via the Devil’s Slide trail out of Humber Park , which I found to be a little more challenging.  The hike from the Tramway is still challenging, but does not have quite the elevation gain.  I also thought the Tramway was quite scenic and added an interesting element to the day.

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San Gorgonio Peak – Video Trip Report

September 15th, 2009

This is a trip report of the Vivian Creek trail, the more popular route to the summit.  San Gorgonio Peak is the tallest peak in Southern California at 11,500 feet and is near Big Bear.  We left San Diego and hiked to High Camp, dropped our packs, then continued to the summit before heading back to camp.  This trail is very challenging, especially the last couple miles as you are at elevation.  Arriving at the summit later in the day allowed us to have the whole place to ourselves which was really nice.  We hiked on a Friday and High Camp was not that crowded.  On our way out  Saturday we passed a ton of people heading to that camp, so I’m glad we went on Friday.  You do need a permit to hike in the San Gorgonio wilderness, they are free and all the info you need is on the wilderness website.   Check out the links section for details.

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Half Dome – Video Trip Report

September 15th, 2009

This is a very popular day hike in Yosemite.  Both times I’ve done the trail have been Fridays in July which made for rather hot and crowded conditions.  I would recommend mid-week and maybe not right in the middle of summer.  The first time I hiked it the cables were not that crowded, but this last time they were pretty packed.  As you will see in the video below it only takes one person to to freak out and bottle-neck the whole cable section.  You should give yourself 10-12 hours to finish the hike and make sure you have plenty of water.  I went through about 4.5 liters for the day.  I brought a pump which I used after Nevada Falls (going up and coming back down).  I recommend bringing a pair of gloves with the rubber gripping material on the palms.  Leather gloves do not work well.   I hope this trip report gives you a little preview of this unique trip.

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Mount Whitney – Video Trip report

September 15th, 2009

I took this hike in September of 2009 with a few friends from Southern California.  This was definitely one that I wanted to check off the list and was glad that my friend Pat had a permit.  I had tried to get a permit via the lottery but  did not have any luck for the dates that I wanted.  Overall the trip was a success.  We all made it to the summit and no one got altitude sickness.  One of our party, Amber, had a knee that was acting up so it took her quite a while to get back down on day two.   I ended up getting back to San Diego around 1:30am after hiking from Trail Camp to the summit, then back to portal.   Day one consisted of driving to the trailhead then hiking to Trail Camp.   Here is the video trip report, I hope you enjoy it.  If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line.  Best of luck if you try to make the summit, it’s well worth the effort.

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