Section Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Shawnté Salabert

There was a brief window earlier this month, between where I had recovered enough to walk and drive, and getting waylaid by the flu; a period which serendipitously dovetailed with a presentation by author and backpacker Shawnté Salabert on Section Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Over decades of hiking and backpacking in California, I’ve …

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Make 2018 your Best Year yet!

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Too long actually. Ah, the list of excuses: There was Christmas, with cards to send out, presents to buy (one of which is listed below), friends and family to see. Ruth & I did, however, find time to get in a hike on Christmas morning, sandwiched …

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Burnt Out

Driving south on Hwy 101 from Santa Barbara back home on Friday morning, the air is thick with smoke and ash. Everything is a dull gray. The daylight, such that it is, provides flat, dispersed lighting. There are no shadows; everything is dark and dreary. The hillsides to my right are burnt. Only charred remains …

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A Sense of Loss: The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2017, Part Two

Overcast skies greeted us as we headed up Tunnel Mountain on Tuesday morning. Rain and snow were forecast for later in the day, but we were bolstered by relatively warm temperatures in the 30s. We met Barbara and David, friends from my Sierra Club climbing days, on the trail. They had started before we did …

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The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2017 – Part One

The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hundreds of film and book entries are submitted from around the world and most events at the Banff Centre sell out during the weeklong extravaganza. Following the festival, many of the best films are …

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