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Mt. Waterman, Angeles NF – June 27, 2009

August 7th, 2011 by

As usual, a dayhike occurred because I wanted to get outside and go for a bit of a walk. I can’t recall exactly how or why we ended up picking Mt. Waterman, but we did, and Erin, Peter, and I headed up to the San Gabriels and set out on this hike (6 miles, some 1300′ of gain).

Just some people, out for a walk in the woods

Short writeup, many photos

Arizona – March 2009, Part the Third and Last

July 12th, 2011 by

After leaving the national monuments, we headed east, to Petrified Forest National Park. We backpacked one night in the wilderness northern portion of the park (the part north of I-40, more or less, which the park straddles), and then walked around in that area for a bit, before returning to our cars and heading south to the southern parts of the park, before heading to Phoenix for our final night in Arizona, before all heading home.


Onwards, to take a tour of more petrified things

Arizona – Part the Second, A Brief Interlude – March 2009

July 10th, 2011 by

After we headed out of the Grand Canyon (March 27), our primary next goal was the Petrified Forest National Park, but we took the opportunity to stop in a couple of locations along the way – Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. The first is the site of a large pueblo, and the latter is, well, a crater. Both were quite impressive, well worth a stop.

Standing on the sign.

To the Monuments

Arizona – March 2009: Part 1 – Grand Canyon

June 24th, 2011 by

I’d wanted to go out to Arizona for quite some time, with the primary goal to be seeing the Grand Canyon. Short of stopping through Phoenix airport, and the tiny corner of the state you drive through to get to Zion, I’d never even been in Arizona at all before. Erin and I drove out on March 25, 2009. We met up with Alex, Beth, and Dave just south of the Grand Canyon. We spent two (cold) nights camping there, doing a day hike in the canyon. We then drove out to Petrified Forest National Park, stopping on the way to check out the Wupatki Pueblo and the Sunset Crater National Monuments. We spent one night camping in the Painted Desert in Petrified Forest, then checked out a bunch of sights in the southern side of the park before heading back to Phoenix. We spent one night there, before Erin and I drove back to CA and Alex, Beth and Dave flew off to their respective homes.

the canyon, oh yes.

Part the First : Grand Canyon

October 12, 2008 Geocaching

February 13th, 2011 by

Well, I’ve enjoyed geocaching a bit ever since I got my GPS a few years back, but it’s generally been something I’ve done as an add-on to hiking, or finding the occasional urban cache. But one day this gentleman Tobias sent out mail to the Caltech Alpine Club asking if anyone wanted to go out for an actual day of geocaching, and I went. Erin came as well, and we went around to several places that I probably would not have stopped to look at otherwise.

Not so much of a problem today.


Mt. Baden-Powell Attempt, and the Mormon Rocks – July 13, 2008

August 1st, 2010 by

So, it was a warm day, and I had wanted to go hiking the weekend, so I sent out email to the normal suspects, and Erin, Ben, and Tucker expressed an interest in heading out to Baden-Powell. I don’t recall precisely why I picked this one, but it seemed like a reasonable idea at the time. None of us wanted to get up *that* early, so we didn’t really get started on the trail until about noon. Unfortunately, our hike was cut short by rain, but it did give us the opportunity to stop at the Mormon Rocks, one of those places I always Mean To Stop At, but never quite make it to, since we’re always tired coming home, and they’d never been enough of a destination in their own right. Anyway, onwards!


Going about our day

Southwest Yosemite Backpack, June 27-29, 2008

June 14th, 2010 by

I did a drive down from Seattle to LA from May 30 – June 1. It was pretty pleasant, but really rather a lot of time in the car. However, I had a good travelling companion, and the scenery was mostly good, so , yay.

Definitely pretty, when you can see it. At the time, I was too busy shoving off mosquitoes!

But then, and more to the point, I did a two-night backpack in southwestern Yosemite National Park, dropping south from Bridalveil Campground and doing 30 miles in 3 hiking days (1 afternoon, 1 full day, 1 morning), with about 2300′ of total elevation change, though a bit more up and down on the route itself. My issue of Sierra North (8th ed?) refers to this as the Buena Vista Crest, and I think the current ed refers to it as Royal Arch Lake (ed. – Sierra North has the similar area as Royal Arch, Falcon Guide Hiking Yosemite lists the route we did as Buena Vista Crest). Dave, Gretchen, Erin, and Amittai came along for this sucker. We spent the night before at Summerdale Campground, just south of the park, which I only managed to snag because of a weirdness with it only being listed via direct search on the reservations page. I win, I guess!

We then went north, picked up our permit at Wawona, and then drove up to Glacier Point Road and Bridalveil Campground, where we parked, and began our trip.

Backpacking! (and one pic from the Seattle drive)

Devil’s Chair, Devil’s Punchbowl County Park – April 5, 2008

November 5th, 2009 by

we’ll make it

I’d been meaning to make it out to this park for a while. The San Andreas fault runs just past the northern side of the San Gabriels, and at the location of Devil’s Punchbowl County Park, it’s done some pretty cool things to the landscape. There is some really neat broken and crumpled landscape right here pressed between the mountains and the desert. I went out with Erin , Remco, and Jeff, and did this 7 mi RT’ hike, which had a total of about 1000′ of gain and loss.

the trip! let’s do it.

Devils Canyon, Angeles NF – March 22, 2008

November 3rd, 2009 by


That day, we ended up doing a hike that I’d heard about several times, passed more than a few times – the trail from Route 2 down into Devils Canyon, in the San Gabriel Wilderness Area within the Angeles National Forest. We went to the bottom as far as the first trail camp, but you can keep going along trail, and then bushwhack (and canyoneer?) even further if you so choose. I went with Ben, Joe, Erin, and Crystal on the first and last trip I ever managed to drag her on. The hike was 7 miles RT, give or take, with about 1500′ of loss and gain.

And onwards to the hike!

Zion Trip, March 1-3, 2008

June 29th, 2009 by

Getting to the top of Observation Point

Glenn invited everybody up to Zion for his birthday from March 1-3, 2008. I drove up with Ryan, Danny and Erin, and we got ourselves to the cabins of the Zion Mountain Ranch, which is just outside of the park’s east entrance. They have buffalo there, which was really pretty cool.

We played games both that first night and the next night, and during the days most of us went and played outdoors a bit.

The Trip: Observation Point, Coral Pink Sand Dunes