Avalanche Peak: The Ultimate Yellowstone Hike

A hike to add to the list: Avalanche Peak My fiancee Simon and I are both big hikers, and are attempting to cover as many trails in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as possible. One that we test out every year is Avalanche Peak – across from … [Read more...]

Discovering Death Valley

I owe Death Valley National Park an apology. Before heading there for Thanksgiving this year I had no real desire to explore the area. Sure it was a National Park and sure whoever fought to preserve it probably had good reason, but between its sand … [Read more...]

Unexpected Snow, Unexpected Adventure…Anticipated Solace in Great Sand Dunes NP

It was early April and winter remained the prevailing season in Denver and the surrounding high country in Spring 2010. A recent death in the family tugged at our hearts and forced a small group of family and friends to listen to our inner John Muir, … [Read more...]

Frozen Coast at Rialto Beach

I set off to visit popular Rialto Beach during a time period when most hikers don't dare venture out. It was a brisk Winter's morning on the Olympic Coast with the temperature in the low 20's overnight.  I was happy that I'd brought some extra … [Read more...]

Victory at Capitol Reef

We emerged from Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef victorious; we had successfully thru-hiked the entire canyon over the weekend. But this was no average weekend, this was a weekend in the dead of winter. Three days earlier the park ranger thought we … [Read more...]

Sunrise at Arches

I make it a habit to get up for at least one sunrise when traveling - especially in National Parks. After tweaking my hand and having to ditch a climbing trip last January my fiance and I rerouted our travels to Moab, UT where they were experiencing … [Read more...]

Summiting the Great Basin

At 13,065 feet above sea level, Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park is the tallest independent mountain in Nevada (Boundary Peak is taller, but that peak is a sub peak of a California Mountain). The most common route to the summit of Wheeler … [Read more...]

History at Hawaii Volcanoes

On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked in Hawaii by a Japanese air raid. In the years that followed, the shores of Hawaii were used as military training grounds for a possible invasion of Japan by American troops. When hiking the rocky … [Read more...]

Broken Arch from Devil’s Garden Campground

Since we managed to grab a spot at Devil's Garden Campground in Arches National Park a night early, we got to explore the area a little that afternoon.  Our first hike was Broken Arch Trail from the campground.  Once we got camp set up we headed up … [Read more...]

Wildflowers Draw You to The Mountain Tops

From mid-June to mid-July, wildflowers are quite abundant at Denali National Park. These flowers are very small and require you to get on your hands and knees to view them and appreciate their beauty. This is Purple Mountain Saxifrage. It appears in … [Read more...]