Category Archives: Backpacking

Hard Days

After returning from the boat at the end of April, Lisa and I moved into our van, a 2004 Sprinter we bought and converted to a camper back in December. We spent most of May near Cortez and Durango and … Continue reading

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Adventuring with Lisa

I have a strong independent streak, and a long history of doing sports and trips more or less exclusively solo. So when I started adventuring with Lisa last summer it was a huge, abrupt shift; we were doing and still … Continue reading

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West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail is a popular backpacking route on Vancouver Island, running between Port Renfrew — two hours west of Victoria — and Pachena Bay — a bit south of Bamfield and only really reachable via several long hours … Continue reading

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Choprock

Over Memorial Day weekend, I made a trip to Escalante to see a new part of the plateau. The Escalante River runs from near its namesake town down to Lake Powell. Beautiful riparian corridor in the desert, many canyons feeding … Continue reading

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Zion Canyons

I was in Zion National Park for a few days back in 2010, when I ranged around Utah and nearby areas for a few weeks between my defense and the start of my work at Mozilla. I had a great … Continue reading

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Maze Circuit

Leaving my kayak at the base of Water Canyon, I climbed upcanyon and hiked a circuit through much of the Maze district. This covered about 60 miles in four days, visiting several areas in the park with nice dramatic names … Continue reading

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Salt Creek Canyon

I’m spending all of March in Moab, with lots of mountain biking, assorted rambling, and several trips lined up. The first of these was over the weekend, a backpacking trip through Salt Creek Canyon in the Needles district of Canyonlands … Continue reading

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Needle Mountains Backpacking

The Needle Mountains are a subrange of the San Juans, in southwest Colorado, part of the Weminuche Wilderness. Tall, rugged, tightly packed mountains, with lakes and streams everywhere. Over the weekend I did a backpacking trip through part of the … Continue reading

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Loowit Trail

Staying and working in Washington and Oregon this past summer, hiking the Loowit trail around Mount Saint Helens was one of the highlights. I did this 30 mile hike in early July, finishing early on the third day. After connecting … Continue reading

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Milford Track

The Milford Track is north of Te Anau, connecting the north end of Lake Te Anau with Milford Sound. It’s one of the oldest tracks in New Zealand, and the most famous. Access is very limited — during the summer, … Continue reading

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