Trip Report: Maui, Days 1&2

With Day 1 devoted solely to sitting in a flying sardine can soaring halfway across the Maritime Continent, Day 2 on Maui was all about settling in and falling into the island’s rhythm. Generally, the mainland moves at about 146 bpms, which is the approximate tempo for Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles’ Last Stand.” Maui’s tempo is usually…

April Summary

This April, I spent more time on the trail than I ever have before. I set myself a challenge to hike 175 miles. I do this sort of thing at least once a year. I set some ridiculous goal, which makes me hike either further or more frequently. It’s a great way to get myself on…

Trip Report: La Jolla Valley and Mugu Peak

Back in the day when I lived in the Conejo Valley, I did an awful lot of ground stomping throughout Pt. Mugu State Park and the adjacent Boney Mountain State Wilderness. Of all the places in the Lands of my People, I think that I love La Jolla Valley’s rippling grasslands, purple and hummingbird sages,…

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…

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…

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.…