John Muir Trail Thousand Island Lake to Deer Creek

Watch My Backpacking The John Muir Trail Documentary!

Last year, I walked 210 miles with 80,000ft of elevation change from Yosemite Valley to the 14,505ft summit of Mt. Whitney.  It was an incredible journey through the Sierra Nevada mountains, and an adventure I’ll never forget. I’ve created day by day accounts of this adventure on this blog, and am now ready to share the documentary video I put together as a compliment to those posts. I hope you enjoy watching this, and if you do, make sure to hit ‘thumbs up’ and leave me a comment here or on YouTube. Happy trails everyone!

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11 Great SoCal Hikes To Help You Achieve Your 2016 Fitness Goals

11 Great SoCal Hikes To Help You Achieve Your 2016 Fitness Goals

I’m lucky to live in Southern California where there really is no “off season” for hiking. Here in SoCal, we’re blessed to have access to the beach, desert, and ocean within a very short driving distance. If you’re a SoCal resident, don’t let this incredible playground go unexplored! Below you’ll find 11 great hikes in SoCal to help you achieve your fitness goals in 2016.

Yosemite Backpacker's Camp

John Muir Trail Day 0: Lone Pine to Yosemite Valley

Julia and I arrived in Lone Pine at 1:30 AM on July 8. We had originally planned to arrive much earlier, but had our work schedules change at the last minute. This didn’t allow us to leave Southern California until 10:30 PM. The marquee for the Dow Villa Motel drew us in from the long drive on highway 395, and we quickly checked in and proceeded to our room. Before attempting to go to sleep, we went through our packs one last time to ensure we had all of our gear ready for the 225 mile trek that stood before us.