The first snow of the year is always a special time here in Southern California. It was even more meaningful this year considering the historic drought we’ve endured. Southern California is known for year-round warm weather with plenty of sunshine, but very few know of the great snow hiking opportunities in the local mountains. My favorite has always been Mt. Baldy, and this is the mountain we decided to climb after a cold storm moved through on Friday and Saturday.
In July of 2013 I took a trip to Peru to walk the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu. Upon completing this trek I proceeded to trek the 5 day circuit around Ausangate. The journey was filled with so much incredible history and culture. I dearly miss the Quechua food and people. This video documents the journey.