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See My Full John Muir Trail Guide Here I’ve always been of the mindset that one should train harder in practice than they anticipate the challenge to be on game day. This goes back to my days of playing football and running track in high school and college. My preparation for treks and backpacking adventures… Read More

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Directions: The trailhead for Sunset Peak is on Glendora Ridge Road, just outside of Mt. Baldy Village. Click here for directions From the 210, exit Baseline or Mountain and head north towards Mt. Baldy Village. Just before reaching Mt. Baldy Village, take a left on Glendora Ridge Rd and travel 7 miles to the trailhead. Download GPX… Read More

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I get a lot of questions and comments from readers asking me to recommend a pair of trail runners given a certain activity or foot type. I review and research shoes to a degree that some might find obsessive, but it allows me to offer a unique insight to those seeking assistance. In this post,… Read More

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This is my third year of putting together a list of the most exciting lightweight trail shoes to look forward to. My posts for 2015 and 2016 have gone on to be some of Trail to Peak’s most viewed posts to date, and I expect this post for 2017 to be the same. I don’t… Read More

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The Western States 100 is an ultramarathon that takes place in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The race starts in Squaw Valley and finishes at Placer High School in Auburn 100 miles later after 18,090ft of elevation gain. The Western States 100 is one of the oldest ultramarathons being run, having been started in 1974. In… Read More

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One of the first questions I asked when I found out I was going to be a father, was “How am I going to hike?”. After doing some research, Julia came across the Ergobaby carrier, which was well reviewed and one of the most popular baby carriers on the market. There are a few models of… Read More

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The Hoka Speed Instinct was at the very top of my “10 More Exciting Lightweight Hiking Shoes for 2016” from last month. The Speed Instinct is finally available and I’m excited to share my first impressions. Hoka has been growing each and every year in popularity since their max-cushioned trainers debuted a few years ago. I’ve… Read More

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This weekend, Julia and I took Owen on his very first road trip, to Yosemite National Park. Being first time parents with an infant, we’ve been really careful since his birth, but decided it was time to get out and show him some of the world. The drive up to Yosemite was rather uneventful. He’s been… Read More

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Altra is one of the fastest growing companies in the trail running market segment. I can remember a few years ago when they released their first trail shoe, the Lone Peak. It was a remarkable shoe in that it offered a zero drop platform, a foot shaped toe box, and ample cushioning underfoot. In the… Read More

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