Where Do Hiking Guides Comes From? Part 1: The Proposal

One of the more personally enjoyable aspects of writing hiking guides is that it often elicits curiosity and interest among some people I meet. People often wonder how I got into it in the first place (a happy accident) and how I even begin to write about a place (I'll get to that). Just for …

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The Case for the Printed Hiking Guide

I recently gave a pair of presentations at the two San Diego-area REI's about my work on the 5th edition of Afoot and Afield San Diego County. Most of the presentations I've done on the subject began with how I ended up with the project and ended with info on some cool hiking spots. With …

On Turning 40

Last week, I permanently deleted my Facebook account. I had been on the service for nearly 12 years, and over the last four years I had become very active in administering hiking groups, following the news of the day, and getting into a lot of pointless arguments with people I don't know personally. At one …

Ontario Peak

One of the newly dominant themes in my life has been a quest to find more age-appropriate human interactions. Most of my interactions with other humans over the past year have occurred in the company of a toddler. As good as he is at using sign language to indicate that I'm pooping when I go …

Reconnections

Many moons ago, I started this blog to record adventures I had begun taking on my quest to hike 1,000 miles in a calendar year. Since 2012, I've hiked over 7,000 miles, but I stopped recording adventures - at least in any personal sense - when I began writing for Modern Hiker. The sort of …