Shepherd’s Pie

I first discovered Shepherd’s Pie some 15 years ago while visiting Scotland. It was a love at a first bite and naturally when the idea of creating our own backpacking meals stroke us,… Continue reading

JMT – Day 5 – Garnet Lake to Red’s Meadow

August 7, 2014 What a beautiful morning I keep thinking as we break from the comfort of our warm sleeping bags and crawl outside the tent where the first morning lights welcomes us.… Continue reading

Easy Chili

2 servings   1 Cup Dehydrated Beans 1.25 Cups Instant Rice 1 Cup Dehydrated Beef (appr. 1 lb fresh) 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes 2 TBS Dried Onion 1 TBS Chili Powder 1/2… Continue reading

Mammut White Rose Boots

First of all let me tell you that I am absolutely thrilled with the comfort and stability these boots provide. I took them out of the box and off I went for a… Continue reading

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