Mt. Hoffman's views - 360 degrees of Yosemite

Yosemite: May Lake High Sierra Camp to Mt. Hoffman 
4.2 miles – 1677 feet

The High Sierras, especially in the more remote backcountry of Yosemite National Park and Inyo National Forest, are without a doubt my favorite outdoor destination….

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Donohue Pass

John Muir Trail: Lessons from a first time thru-hike

It was September 2010. Three friends and I decided to do something we’d never done before: backpack a segment of one of the United States’…

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A perfect view of May Lake on the return trip down from Mount Hoffman (day three)

Yosemite backpack: Glen Aulin, May Lake & Mount Hoffman 
3 days – 18.6 miles – 4537 ft.

The High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park are a much-sought after way to see the park’s mountainous backcountry without the trouble of carrying all…

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Tufas on Mono Lake

Video: Beauty of Mono Lake and Mammoth High Country

For regular readers of this blog, you probably already know the name James Temple (@jtemple). He’s one of my backpacking buddies and a hobbyist documentary…

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Backpacking over Donahue Pass on the John Muir Trail

Inspiring videos: Backpacking the John Muir Trail

A year ago I was training for an epic adventure: Backpacking the northernmost approximately 60 miles of the John Muir Trail. It was a 6-day…

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A tufa rises from the waters of Mono Lake

Mono Lake: South Tufa and Navy Beach 
1.7 miles – 97 ft.

The Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve is a wonder of nature. It’s a saltwater lake that is 2-1/2 times as salty as the ocean…

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Majestic, oft-snow-covered peaks surround McLeod Lake

Inyo National Forest: McLeod Lake Loop 
less than 2 miles – 1025 ft.

The Mammoth high country in the Eastern Sierras (just to the east of Yosemite) offers great camping and hiking away from the national park crowds….

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