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I purchased the Osprey Exos 48 back in the Spring of 2014 to hike the Tour du Mont Blanc. In my planning for a hike of the John Muir Trail in 2015, I realized the Exos 48 didn’t hold my BV500 bear canister, so I picked up the Osprey Exos 58. The only real difference between… Read More

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In November of 2016 I completed a trip that was high on my bucket, a backpacking adventure to Havasupai Falls. Havasupai Falls is one of those backpacking trips that will stick with you long after you’ve returned home. The shimmering turquoise waters, the powerful pounding of waterfalls, and a journey deep into the wondrous Grand… Read More

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Readers ask me about my photography set up and camera gear quite frequently. I’ve written reviews on my standard kit of a Sony a6000 paired with the Sony 10-18mm wide angle lens. The Sony 10-18mm is an incredible wide angle lens for moments with lots of available light, but I found myself wanting more options for low light… Read More

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The Salomon XA Pro 3D has been updated for 2017! I’ve been through 5 pairs of XA Pro 3Ds over the past three years, and am excited about the minor refinements Salomon has made to this workhorse of a trail shoe. The biggest and most notable change comes with a brand new outsole pattern composed… Read More

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Most hikers making their way to the summit of Mt. Wilson begin their journey from Chantry Flat. The Chantry Flat hike is very pleasant, but can be a real nightmare when it comes to finding parking. An alternative, and the subject of this guide, is my favorite route to the summit of Mt. Wilson, The Mt.… Read More

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See My Havasupai Falls Backpacking Guide Here One of the most important parts of planning a backpacking trip to Havasupai Falls is making sure you pack the right gear. The importance of planning and packing is amplified if you intend on bringing your children along with you. In this gear guide, I’ll provide a comprehensive gear list… Read More

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Max cushion shoes have been steadily eating up market share since Hoka One One debuted just a few years ago. Hoka is still the king of cushion, but many other shoe manufacturers have been adding max cushion offerings to their lineups in an effort to compete. Salomon has been noticeably absent from the max cushion… Read More

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Turnbull Canyon is a loop trail located in Whittier and part of the Puente Hills Reserve. The cooler months during winter and fall are the perfect time to enjoy Turnbull Canyon, as they offer pleasant daytime temperatures and captivating views of the snow capped San Gabriels. Directions And GPS Tracks: There are a few ways to… Read More

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When I was putting together a list of the most exciting trail shoes for 2017, I was torn between nominating the Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra or the Salomon XA Enduro as my number one choice. I’ve since purchased both, and have my initial thoughts posted on the XA Enduro. Now that my preliminary tests have been completed,… Read More

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