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A Day in the Life of a Hiking Writer

Note: This article is not intended as a “how-to” for nature writing. It’s only function is to elucidate my own idiosyncratic methods of transcribing the experience of hiking a trail into clear instructions. Hiking writing is perhaps the single most enjoyable activity I’ve ever engaged in, at least as far as professional activities go.  While…

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Summary: March 2016

During March 2016, I hiked 9 times, covering 92 miles and gaining 19,300′ of gain. Where I lacked in quantity, I made up for in quality, as my average distance for each hike was 10.2 miles. Three major hikes and one moderate hike accounted for the majority of the miles I put in. On my two…

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The April Challenge

Every year, usually around April or September, I set up some kind of challenge to push myself to do something that usually involves me hiking a lot more than I normally would. Usually, the challenge involves hiking 30 times in 30 days, which is a sure fire way to get on the trail more often.…

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Trip Report: High Point from Oak Grove

I love the Palomar Mountains. When faced with that question of “what is your favorite hike,” I always try to demure and say that it’s like picking a favorite child. But let’s be honest here. I do have a favorite child, and it is Palomar. It doesn’t matter if it’s the State Park or Cleveland National…

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Fantastic Smells and Where to Find Them

Stroll through any corner of San Diego County on a warm spring day, and you’ll likely encounter a potent cocktail of intoxicating scents no matter where you go. The relatively unsung olfactory experience of the county’s open spaces often proves to be the chief pleasure on many hikes, with hundreds of different plants releasing their…

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Why Should I Have to Follow the Rules?

Note: I reference a number of agencies in this piece. I’ve kept the agencies and workers in question anonymous so as not to break confidence. You’re scrolling through your Instagram over your morning coffee, and you see it: the Goat Canyon Trestle. Some acquaintance you barely know is standing in the middle of the tracks a hundred…