JMT – Day 7 – Purple Lake to Silver Pass Lake

August 9, 2014 I have always loved the peacefulness of a morning in the wilderness. The way everybody stops to witness the rise of the new day, full of possibilities and wonder. We… Continue reading

Osprey Kestrel 48 Backpack

When it comes to backpacks I put my trust in Osprey. Backpacks is what they do and they know their trade well. I bought my very first Osprey day pack in 2005 and… Continue reading

JMT – Day 6 – Red’s Meadow to Purple Lake

August 8, 2014   We’re leaving Red’s Meadow at 8:00 a.m. It’s the latest start we had so far, but after hotcakes from the Cafe, our energy is soaring and for the first… Continue reading

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