Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

One of my favorite hiking destinations! I have been going out to the Sespe for about 35 years now. I never fail to enjoy it. It is vast, 219,000 acres of land with hundreds of miles of little used trail plus much of it is surrounded by  little used national forest. When I want to…Read more Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

Life and Death in the Wild

First, I want you to read this article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2336896/snowbound Then I'll discuss it from my POV.   Okay, done? Stephen Olshansky's youth sounds very similar to mine. He was born the same year as I, 1956. In high school, Otter was easily bored, though he was a smart kid. “5th grade bullied terribly left scar…Read more Life and Death in the Wild

Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) Season One

Excuse me, I'm about to overdose on sweetness. Encouragement of Climb is the anime you show your young girls to get them excited about the outdoors, specifically peak bagging. Moe piled upon moe. Overload of cuteness. Each ep. is a whopping 3 minutes long plus 30 sec. for the closing, all 12 of them. Cute Girls…Read more Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) Season One

Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Back in 2015, before the big fires and the big rains, I did a 4-day backpack trip to Sykes Hot Springs on the Big Sur River The trail was good (except for one spot). I met plenty of hikers. Some were obviously experienced backpackers and some were wearing a bikini and flip-flops. Big Sur is…Read more Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers

If you are in a true survival situation in the wild, odds are a hundred to one you screwed up badly and in multiple ways. It is easy to say "Never screw up and you have nothing to worry about." Everyone screws up once in a while. However, it takes a chain of screwups to cause…Read more Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers

A Naturist’s Adventure: From Splinter’s Cabin to Deep Creek Hot Springs and Back Again.

I've been to Deep Creek Hot Springs a fair number of times. The most common route is south from Bowen's Ranch. Two and a half miles of unmaintained trails with a 500 ft. elevation gain at the top and then the bottom. Another route I have only done once is 6 miles long, going east from…Read more A Naturist’s Adventure: From Splinter’s Cabin to Deep Creek Hot Springs and Back Again.