Mammut Monolith Boots

I purchased these boots for Mt. Rainier climb and winter scrambles around Washington State. I was surprised how well they fit right out of the box. I owned La Sportiva Trango boots before… Continue reading

Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket

The main reason to buy insulated jacket is to stay warm so when the mountain forecast predicted a plunge down to 25 degrees I got excited about the opportunity to put the Thermostatic… Continue reading

JMT – Day 4 – Lyell Canyon to Garnet Lake

August 6, 2014 There is no time for a warm up. The trail starts climbing out off the Lyell Canyon right away and the grade gives our calves a workout. It does not… Continue reading

JMT – Day 3 – Lower Cathedral Lake to Lyell Canyon

August 5, 2014 Will the weather ever give us a break, we wonder as we sit on picnic tables in front of Tuolumne Post office sorting our resupplies. We are not alone in… Continue reading

JMT – Day 2 – LYV to Lower Cathedral Lake

August 4, 2014 Everything is damp, including my spirit, and my fingers are freezing. The sky is once again gray. This is not what I imagined waking up to on the first morning… Continue reading

JMT – Day 1 – Happy Isles to LYV

August 3, 2014 Here we are at Happy Isles. The trailhead sign marks our destination 211 miles away. It’s early in the morning and I don’t expect many people on the trail at… Continue reading

JMT – Lee Vining to Yosemite Valley

August 2, 2014 There are three shuttles that run to Yosemite every day; however only one of them go all the way to Yosemite Valley. The remaining two terminate at Tuolumne Meadows. So… Continue reading

JMT – Seattle to Lee Vining

August 1, 2014 The thought of another thru hike was lingering on our minds for quite a while. Ever since we completed the 93 miles Wonderland Loop in August of 2012 we had our… Continue reading

Mountain Hardwear Thorsun Jacket

  When choosing the right shell I find the fit extremely important. What I am looking for is a jacket that provides maximum freedom of movement without being too boxy or baggy, yet… Continue reading

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3

We took this tent on a variety of trips in the Cascades and recently also on a three-week long thru-hike of the John Muir trail. During these adventures we encountered large variety of… Continue reading