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  • One of my all time favorite quotes isn’t even really a quote at all, but it is something that I have always remembered and carried with me ever since I heard it. It also happens to have come from one of my all time favorite people, @stephjagger.
“If you go to the mountains, they will tell you who you are and what you need to be free of…”
So, tomorrow… that is where I am headed, into the mountains.
It is a winter wonderland here in Southern California and I am just happy to be here for it.
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📷: @morganayres
  • One of my all time favorite quotes isn’t even really a quote at all, but it is something that I have always remembered and carried with me ever since I heard it. It also happens to have come from one of my all time favorite people, @stephjagger.
    “If you go to the mountains, they will tell you who you are and what you need to be free of…”
    So, tomorrow… that is where I am headed, into the mountains.
    It is a winter wonderland here in Southern California and I am just happy to be here for it.
    -
    📷: @morganayres
  • 4,423 103 7 February, 2019

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  • Days 0 to 1: when you ⛷ the Sierra High Route, you finish your tour 310 mi by car from the start. No roads cross the southern Sierra, so you have to drive all the way around it through the Mojave Desert. I've dealt with this logistical challenge in two ways: in 2011 two friends did the traverse in the opposite direction with my spare car key (and I theirs). That worked great, but it meant we couldn't ski together!

In 2017 I lucked across John Tuttle, who did the FFA of a famous Yosemite climb called Sons of Yesterday, on SuperTopo. He helped us by renting a 15 passenger van in Fresno and driving it to Wolverton, where our traverse would end six days later. We met up at Wolverton, piled into the van, left our other cars, and drove 310 mi to Onion Valley, where he camped with us at the end of the plowed road before driving back to Fresno the next morning. I don't know if he's on IG, but thanks so much, John.

The first day of this trip climbs out of the desert of Owens Valley to Kearsarge Pass, where you get your first view of the insane amounts of snow (often > 10 ft deep) to the west in Kings Canyon and Sequoia. After Kearsarge you start a gradual descent towards the Kings River and camp near Vidette Meadow or East Creek.

#skitouring #skimountaineering #backcountryskiing #skiuphill #socalhiker #sierranevada #highsierra #sierrahighroute #onionvalley #pearlake #pearlakeskihut #kearsargepass #sequoianationalpark #kingscanyon #kingsriver #owensvalley #hwy395 #supertopo
  • Days 0 to 1: when you ⛷ the Sierra High Route, you finish your tour 310 mi by car from the start. No roads cross the southern Sierra, so you have to drive all the way around it through the Mojave Desert. I've dealt with this logistical challenge in two ways: in 2011 two friends did the traverse in the opposite direction with my spare car key (and I theirs). That worked great, but it meant we couldn't ski together!

    In 2017 I lucked across John Tuttle, who did the FFA of a famous Yosemite climb called Sons of Yesterday, on SuperTopo. He helped us by renting a 15 passenger van in Fresno and driving it to Wolverton, where our traverse would end six days later. We met up at Wolverton, piled into the van, left our other cars, and drove 310 mi to Onion Valley, where he camped with us at the end of the plowed road before driving back to Fresno the next morning. I don't know if he's on IG, but thanks so much, John.

    The first day of this trip climbs out of the desert of Owens Valley to Kearsarge Pass, where you get your first view of the insane amounts of snow (often > 10 ft deep) to the west in Kings Canyon and Sequoia. After Kearsarge you start a gradual descent towards the Kings River and camp near Vidette Meadow or East Creek.

    #skitouring #skimountaineering #backcountryskiing #skiuphill #socalhiker #sierranevada #highsierra #sierrahighroute #onionvalley #pearlake #pearlakeskihut #kearsargepass #sequoianationalpark #kingscanyon #kingsriver #owensvalley #hwy395 #supertopo
  • 105 14 14 hours ago
  • “Isn’t it weird that we drive hours and hike in a snowstorm when it’s really all just to have a good conversation?” A dialogue between @dylandubuque and I while hiking along the PCT in Laguna Recreation Area in the middle of a winter storm warning. Later that day on the drive home I was able to partake in the monthly check in call all the 2017-2018 regional directors participate in.

Moments like yesterday cause me to pause and reflect on the effort and importance that goes into keeping up a healthy, productive relationship. I have improved a lot recently and spending two years 1,000s of miles from loved ones has made me prioritize being better at it. 
I had this epiphany while speaking to an undergraduate who asked - quite dumbfounded that I’m working for a fraternity - “So SigEp creates an experience based on personal development and healthy relationships? And it’s not centered around alcohol? Whoa, that’s awesome.” Your damn right Denislav, and I’m thankful for it everyday. I’m calling my shot that you’ll officially be part of building this experience at Cal Poly Pomona by the end of next week. 😏

Now enjoy snowy photos from a mountain I miss dearly in Washington that’s def not where I was yesterday. 😎

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PCT, Laguna Recreation Area
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#HikeCalifornia #SoCalHiker #HikeSanDiego #SigEp #VDBL #NeverStopExploring #wildernessculture #theoutbound #REI1440Project #OptOutside #LiveYourAdventure #AdventureVisuals
  • “Isn’t it weird that we drive hours and hike in a snowstorm when it’s really all just to have a good conversation?” A dialogue between @dylandubuque and I while hiking along the PCT in Laguna Recreation Area in the middle of a winter storm warning. Later that day on the drive home I was able to partake in the monthly check in call all the 2017-2018 regional directors participate in.

    Moments like yesterday cause me to pause and reflect on the effort and importance that goes into keeping up a healthy, productive relationship. I have improved a lot recently and spending two years 1,000s of miles from loved ones has made me prioritize being better at it.
    I had this epiphany while speaking to an undergraduate who asked - quite dumbfounded that I’m working for a fraternity - “So SigEp creates an experience based on personal development and healthy relationships? And it’s not centered around alcohol? Whoa, that’s awesome.” Your damn right Denislav, and I’m thankful for it everyday. I’m calling my shot that you’ll officially be part of building this experience at Cal Poly Pomona by the end of next week. 😏

    Now enjoy snowy photos from a mountain I miss dearly in Washington that’s def not where I was yesterday. 😎

    _________________________________________

    PCT, Laguna Recreation Area
    _________________________________________

    #HikeCalifornia #SoCalHiker #HikeSanDiego #SigEp #VDBL #NeverStopExploring #wildernessculture #theoutbound #REI1440Project #OptOutside #LiveYourAdventure #AdventureVisuals
  • 107 7 8 hours ago

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  • Taking advantage of the sunny morning while they last☀️ Hope everyone has a good weekend, weather you’re huddled up inside or embracing the cold outdoors... it may be sunny in LA but it was still as low as 39° this morn... stay warm!🤗
  • Taking advantage of the sunny morning while they last☀️ Hope everyone has a good weekend, weather you’re huddled up inside or embracing the cold outdoors... it may be sunny in LA but it was still as low as 39° this morn... stay warm!🤗
  • 1,627 33 9 February, 2019

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  • “Isn’t it weird that we drive hours and hike in a snowstorm when it’s really all just to have a good conversation?” A dialogue between @dylandubuque and I while hiking along the PCT in Laguna Recreation Area in the middle of a winter storm warning. Later that day on the drive home I was able to partake in the monthly check in call all the 2017-2018 regional directors participate in.

Moments like yesterday cause me to pause and reflect on the effort and importance that goes into keeping up a healthy, productive relationship. I have improved a lot recently and spending two years 1,000s of miles from loved ones has made me prioritize being better at it. 
I had this epiphany while speaking to an undergraduate who asked - quite dumbfounded that I’m working for a fraternity - “So SigEp creates an experience based on personal development and healthy relationships? And it’s not centered around alcohol? Whoa, that’s awesome.” Your damn right Denislav, and I’m thankful for it everyday. I’m calling my shot that you’ll officially be part of building this experience at Cal Poly Pomona by the end of next week. 😏

Now enjoy snowy photos from a mountain I miss dearly in Washington that’s def not where I was yesterday. 😎

_________________________________________

PCT, Laguna Recreation Area
_________________________________________

#HikeCalifornia #SoCalHiker #HikeSanDiego #SigEp #VDBL #NeverStopExploring #wildernessculture #theoutbound #REI1440Project #OptOutside #LiveYourAdventure #AdventureVisuals
  • “Isn’t it weird that we drive hours and hike in a snowstorm when it’s really all just to have a good conversation?” A dialogue between @dylandubuque and I while hiking along the PCT in Laguna Recreation Area in the middle of a winter storm warning. Later that day on the drive home I was able to partake in the monthly check in call all the 2017-2018 regional directors participate in.

    Moments like yesterday cause me to pause and reflect on the effort and importance that goes into keeping up a healthy, productive relationship. I have improved a lot recently and spending two years 1,000s of miles from loved ones has made me prioritize being better at it.
    I had this epiphany while speaking to an undergraduate who asked - quite dumbfounded that I’m working for a fraternity - “So SigEp creates an experience based on personal development and healthy relationships? And it’s not centered around alcohol? Whoa, that’s awesome.” Your damn right Denislav, and I’m thankful for it everyday. I’m calling my shot that you’ll officially be part of building this experience at Cal Poly Pomona by the end of next week. 😏

    Now enjoy snowy photos from a mountain I miss dearly in Washington that’s def not where I was yesterday. 😎

    _________________________________________

    PCT, Laguna Recreation Area
    _________________________________________

    #HikeCalifornia #SoCalHiker #HikeSanDiego #SigEp #VDBL #NeverStopExploring #wildernessculture #theoutbound #REI1440Project #OptOutside #LiveYourAdventure #AdventureVisuals
  • 107 7 8 hours ago
  • So happy the rain broke this weekend and we could get back on the trails! 🌲
  • So happy the rain broke this weekend and we could get back on the trails! 🌲
  • 71 2 8 hours ago

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  • I’m calling this hike the “Tour of Mt. Wilson.” The goal was to knock out everything, but the problem was I didn’t know where everything was. Start point was at the park at Bailey Canyon. After a detour to a waterfall that added an unplanned half mile I headed up to Jones Peak. Once at the summit, I struck up a conversation with a friendly old man who pointed out the rest of the peaks—except Yale. No one knew where Mount Yale was and neither did I. After Jones, I headed to Hastings Peak which is well marked. Mount Yale will be next but i didn’t know this and passed it up. I found out a few days later it’s location. Mt. Harvard was next but a word of caution—it’s no trespassing so go at your own risk. Mt. Wilson summit sign  at Echo Rock was next. Then I ran down 3 miles to the start of Mt. Zion—wasn’t very exciting but you gotta do it at least once. Then backtracked to head over to Sturtevant Falls. Then, back up the mountain to where the bench is where the Mount Wilson Trail  meets up with the Winter Creek Trail. Then down the MWT to the neighborhood at the trailhead. Had no idea the trail was closed but oh well. Then I walked through the neighborhood about a mile and some change back to my car outside the park. If anyone knows where Lookout Point is please let me know. I’ve searched everywhere and couldn’t find it or info for it online. The Relive video turned off at mile 25.4 and didn’t show the whole hike unfortunately. Approx 29 miles, 12 hours and 45 min. 1-20-19. This will be my last post for a while due to a very heavy work load the next few months. See you all in June.  #angelesnationalforest#sangabrielmountains#sangabriels#socal#socalhiker#socalhiking#hikesocal#hike#hiking#hikingboots#solohiking#getoutdoors#optoutside#mountainsarecalling#trek#trekking#lahikes#jonespeak#hastingspeak#mountyale#mountharvard#mtwilson#mtzion#sturtevantfalls#mountwilsontrail#baileycanyon#sunset#tired
  • I’m calling this hike the “Tour of Mt. Wilson.” The goal was to knock out everything, but the problem was I didn’t know where everything was. Start point was at the park at Bailey Canyon. After a detour to a waterfall that added an unplanned half mile I headed up to Jones Peak. Once at the summit, I struck up a conversation with a friendly old man who pointed out the rest of the peaks—except Yale. No one knew where Mount Yale was and neither did I. After Jones, I headed to Hastings Peak which is well marked. Mount Yale will be next but i didn’t know this and passed it up. I found out a few days later it’s location. Mt. Harvard was next but a word of caution—it’s no trespassing so go at your own risk. Mt. Wilson summit sign at Echo Rock was next. Then I ran down 3 miles to the start of Mt. Zion—wasn’t very exciting but you gotta do it at least once. Then backtracked to head over to Sturtevant Falls. Then, back up the mountain to where the bench is where the Mount Wilson Trail meets up with the Winter Creek Trail. Then down the MWT to the neighborhood at the trailhead. Had no idea the trail was closed but oh well. Then I walked through the neighborhood about a mile and some change back to my car outside the park. If anyone knows where Lookout Point is please let me know. I’ve searched everywhere and couldn’t find it or info for it online. The Relive video turned off at mile 25.4 and didn’t show the whole hike unfortunately. Approx 29 miles, 12 hours and 45 min. 1-20-19. This will be my last post for a while due to a very heavy work load the next few months. See you all in June. #angelesnationalforest #sangabrielmountains #sangabriels #socal #socalhiker #socalhiking #hikesocal #hike #hiking #hikingboots #solohiking #getoutdoors #optoutside #mountainsarecalling #trek #trekking #lahikes #jonespeak #hastingspeak #mountyale #mountharvard #mtwilson #mtzion #sturtevantfalls #mountwilsontrail #baileycanyon #sunset #tired
  • 90 31 9 hours ago
  • First time outside in 4 days.😭Don’t ask why, it’s a long story. But I’m happier than ever in this moment. 🌄
  • First time outside in 4 days.😭Don’t ask why, it’s a long story. But I’m happier than ever in this moment. 🌄
  • 72 5 10 hours ago

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  • Here is the criteria for being a good adventure buddy: 
1) Be ready to go at a moments notice. 
2) Be easy to excite but difficult to disappoint. 
3) Like dogs. 
4) Have a good attitude. 
5) Be able to put up with me forcing you to be in pictures. 
BONUS: Have the same car as me and enjoy nerding out on buildouts and mods. 
Thanks Cat for fitting the bill! @theinspiredoutsider
  • Here is the criteria for being a good adventure buddy:
    1) Be ready to go at a moments notice.
    2) Be easy to excite but difficult to disappoint.
    3) Like dogs.
    4) Have a good attitude.
    5) Be able to put up with me forcing you to be in pictures.
    BONUS: Have the same car as me and enjoy nerding out on buildouts and mods.
    Thanks Cat for fitting the bill! @theinspiredoutsider
  • 121 7 11 hours ago

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  • "He stole the daydreamers heart with a handful of clouds." Diego Luna, eight months old. #confidentialkennels
  • "He stole the daydreamers heart with a handful of clouds." Diego Luna, eight months old. #confidentialkennels
  • 122 7 12 hours ago
  • "What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for." -George Mallory
  • "What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. That is what life means and what life is for." -George Mallory
  • 145 7 12 hours ago
  • We hope your President’s Day was as happy as Trooper was running through a field of California Poppies this morning.🌸
  • We hope your President’s Day was as happy as Trooper was running through a field of California Poppies this morning.🌸
  • 251 21 13 hours ago