Ascending Mt. Hood — to Yocum Ridge

After enjoying a bit of city life in Portland, we were headed to the wilderness for what would become another life-changing experience. As we drove toward Mt. Hood, it was at my first glimpse of the mountain that I started getting butterflies. They were a mix of excitement and nerves; the same I had felt…

Redwood National Park: Backcountry Adventures

After doing some sight seeing around Redwood National Park, we packed up our camp at Elk Prairie campground and readied our backpacks. For our second night, we got a free permit for Flint Ridge campground, which is just south of the Klamath River. We parked at the west access, which is right above the beautiful coast on…

How to Keep the Bears Away, Gear & Tips

With our passion for backpacking in the backcountry growing, it was inevitable to eventually find ourselves in bear country. Our first experience was on our most recent trip to Northern California and Oregon. With overnights at Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Mount Hood National Forest, and Crater Lake National Park, we knew we needed…

Layer It Up!: Grand Canyon Weather in May

We hiked the Grandview Trail on the 5th and 6th of May with an overnight at Horseshoe Mesa campground. The weather couldn’t have been better. After reading info on the National Park Service (NPS) site about hiking in the “summer,” we thought we’d have to worry about the heat, but that wasn’t nearly the case…

Water On The Trail & The Katadyn Hiker Pro Filter

Our first experience with a natural water source was at Page Spring, located off the Grandview Trail at the Grand Canyon. On the hike down, we each had a 3L water bladder in our packs, plus another 1.4L each in REI Wide-Mouth Loop-Top Water Bottles with water and Gatorade mix, and another 3-4L of water…

Grand Canyon: “…Torturous Paradise.”

“After your first experience backpacking in the Grand Canyon you will be left with one of two reactions: either you will never hike again in your life, or you will find that your life up to this moment has been meaningless, and you will be forever enslaved by thoughts of returning to this torturous paradise.”…