Category: Frontcountry

The Lost Sierra: Sierra Hot Springs to Quincy

After the National Scenic Trails Workshop, my mom and I took a Mother’s Day weekend tour north of Truckee.

It was wonderful Mom. Love you.

I'm ready to go back.

I’m ready to go back.

I’m a Wilderness First Responder again

I just re-certified my WFR for my fifth time. It was one of the better courses I’d taken and it was easily the most beautiful location out of all of my courses. Even more so than Jackson Hole surprisingly. Where was it? Point Bonita in Marin.

I was incident commander for our large scenario. This woman lost a few fingers after a fall down a cliff. There were six or seven other patients around the scene.

I was incident commander for our large scenario. This woman lost a few fingers after a fall down a cliff. There were six or seven other patients around the scene.

Unexpectedly, my friend Jack Laws (on the right) was in the class.

Unexpectedly, my friend Jack Laws (on the right) was in the class.

ALDHA-W 2013 and a smidge of the Sierra

The sleeping bag speed stuffing event during the Hiker Olympics.

The sleeping bag speed stuffing event during the Hiker Olympics. Anish won the event and eventually the gold.

I attended another wonderful hiker gathering last weekend. The size, format, venue and schedule of this ALDHA-W Gathering seemed just right. Not too big, not too small. Just a perfect weekend of slideshows and hanging out with really great people. You are some impressively strong, skilled and experienced hikers. Hot damn that’s a lot of walking. Thanks for being my friends.

After the Gathering, I spent the rest of the long weekend higher up in the hills. We lunched in Downieville, snacked in Sierra City, camped at Packer Lake (in a fall drizzle), and road tripped through the “lost Sierra”. Ambling around Truckee, Tahoe City, the lake, shopping for a SUP and exploring the Donner party’s history happened too.

Reading small town bulletin boards is a worthwhile way to spend my time.

Reading small town bulletin boards is a worthwhile way to spend my time.

PCT Days 2013 and Portland

I traveled to Oregon for my first ever PCT Days. I love hiker gatherings and this one ranked right up there with the best.

I'll write more on the PCTA blog.

I’ll write more on the PCTA blog.

With the little time I had before returning to the airport, I rode bikes, ate at a food truck and went to the Portland Art Museum.

We caught the last day of Cyclepedia.

We caught the last day of Cyclepedia.