Backpacking Shamrock Lake With My Sisters

Being able to actually show my sisters just exactly why I don’t mind the 6-hour drive to Mammoth is probably one of my favorite ways to get them outdoors and in the backcountry. It was Anjoelina’s very first backpacking trip, and Brittany’s 10th (or so); and to have them both here with me in Mammoth was something special.

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Backpacking Mammoth Crest Loop

The California wildfires this year were heart-breaking, to say the least. Our hiking community has been affected by trail-closures, canceled hiking permits and plans this summer.. oh, and not to forget- we’re currently in the middle of a pandemic. Once places started to safely open up to the public; hikers and backpackers, like myself, took full advantage of getting back on the trail.

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Early Spring Soak: Arizona Hot Springs

When there’s too much snow in our local mountains, you’ll most likely catch me warming up somewhere in the desert. The month is February and this was my first backpacking trip of the year. We headed out to Arizona for the weekend, to explore hot springs that had been on our list for awhile.

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Backpacking Blue Lake in John Muir Wilderness

2019 was my year of backcountry memories and alpine lakes. From Washington during spring and Colorado in the summer, I was lucky to be able to dip my toes in a few alpine lakes last year. No matter how far I travel, I’m always sure to remain grateful for the beauty of my backyard, even though a 6-hour drive from LA, the Eastern Sierra forever has my heart.

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Not This Time Mount Whitney…

Not only is my pack 29.5 lbs, and not only are we and planning to hike the tallest mountain in America, and not only are we planning to be on trail for the next 5-days, while attempting to hike two 14ers, while I haven’t even hiked my first one, but this morning I decided to start my period.

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Tears From A Colorado Sunset

It’s the last official day of our 3-day journey here in Colorado. After spending 3-days at 3 different lakes, our journey has come to an end. The sunsets here have been nothing short of amazing, but I guess they don’t call it Colorful Colorado for nothing.

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A Simple Guide: Wilderness Backpacking

** I would like to share with you my guide to backpacking and some tips on how you could prepare for your first trip. I am not an expert and this should be used only as a guide which is based on my opinions and experiences. ** Day hiking is fun but have you ever hiked a trail and just wanted to stay […]

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Backpacking Mineral king loop

This was the first time I’ve heard of the Mineral King Loop- a 39-mile hike that loops around some of the most pristine mountains and alpine lakes in the Sequoias! On average, this loop is usually done over 5-days, and we completed it within an extended 3-day weekend.

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Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains

Over Labor Day weekend, three friends and I took a road trip to Colorado for an extended weekend of backpacking to some of the most amazing alpine lakes in the San Juan mountains! During our trip of three days and three nights, we hiked over 15+ miles and explored 3 of the most colorful alpine lakes I had ever seen!

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Lovin’ Lately: Advanced Elements Packlite Kayak

It is without doubt that I very much enjoy backpacking to alpine lakes. It’s pretty much all I live for during the warm summer months! It was not until last year that I added a children’s floatie to my summer gear list and let me tell you, trekking in that extra pound is totally worth […]

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Lovin’ Lately: Vie Activewear

As an avid hiker, comfort and support are two main qualities I seek when on the lookout for my next hiking outfit, and thanks to Vie Active, I have no problem finding not only those qualities, but apparel that is designed for performance AND is cute too! Originating from Bondi Beach, Australia and currently based […]

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Solo Backpacking: Reasons To & Tips How

Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company. Of course, most backpacking tips begin with the instruction of never going alone, but once you’ve successfully completed your first solo trip, the feeling of accomplishment is inevitable! I try to plan a solo backpacking trip once a year and if i’m being completely honest- […]

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Backpacking Channel Islands: Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island is the largest of seven that make up the Channel Islands. Located 20 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara county, this national park is a backpacker’s dream! We spent four days on the island hiking, camping and one big backpacking trip towards the end of our journey on Santa Cruz Island.

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Backpacking Duck Pass Trail to Pika Lake

Duck Lake Trail in the John Muir Wilderness is a popular trail that consists of alpine lakes, mountain views, wildflowers and a decent climb for a day hike or even an overnight backpacking trip. A little less than 10 miles round-trip, this trail passes three alpine lakes before climbing Duck Pass to Duck Lake.

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The Day I Adventured With An Instagram Follower

You probably wouldn’t know that I wanted this day to happen for quite some time. As someone who is committed to the hiking community through a series of personal posts, inspirational quotes and nothing but hiking and camping photos; I sat back and kept myself from joining the large crowds and hiking groups. For years, […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 2- Wyoming & Montana

After spending five days exploring the Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah, it was time to head on to our next destination. I was extremely excited to visit the Grand Tetons as this had been a long time bucket list destination. We considered Day 6 to be a driving only day as we made our way out of Utah […]

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Backpacking: Eagle Lake, SEKI Wilderness

There’s no better way to cool down in the middle of summer than hiking to and swimming in an alpine lake. This was my first alpine lake swim and it will definitely not be the last. It was the beginning of August and I so badly wanted to hike to an alpine lake and luckily, I was able to score a last-minute wilderness permit.

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Thru-Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail

 The month is April of 2016 and we are excited to finally complete the Trans-Catalina Trail, roughly 34 miles of open land crossing the entire length of Catalina Island. We allowed ourselves some time to shoot and take in the scenery and officially completed the trail within 5 days.

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