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Backpacking the Lost Coast

Darlene and I joined Abhi, Komo and Anjali on a backpacking trip along part of California’s “Lost Coast”, led by Mike through the Outdoor Adventure Club.  The “Lost Coast” is a remote and undeveloped stretch of coastline in northern California, north of Fort Bragg and south of Eureka.  We hiked the northern section from Mattole Beach down to Black Sands Beach (near Shelter Cove) over three days, August 9th-11th.  Due to the steep coastal terrain, you’re often hiking the beach – several long sections of which are impassable during high tide and so you need to plan around the tide tables.

Click on through for my gallery of pictures and videos, including some from Darlene, Abhi and Mike:

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Eastern Sierra Cycling Weekend

Here are some pictures and video from a few days of cycling and camping in the Eastern Sierra in and around the Mono Lake Basin, Mammoth and June lakes, Long Valley and Rock Creek Canyon over May 24th-27th.  It was Darlene’s first time seeing the area.  We came over by way of highway 108 and Sonora Pass and down through Bridgeport and Lee Vining to camp out on national forest land near highway 395 and June Lake on Saturday night.

Mono Lake (click for full gallery)

Mono Lake (click for full gallery)

Sunday we set out for a bike ride to the South Tufa area at Mono Lake via the June Lake loop.  That worked out to about 38 miles.  Afterward, we stopped in for groceries at Mammoth Lakes and then set out on Benton Crossing Road to find a nice spot in the rocky hills east of Crowley Lake to use as our base camp Sunday and Monday nights.  That night I was up late exploring the wonderfully dark (and moonless) skies with my telescope.

Long Valley looking towards Mammoth

Long Valley looking towards Mammoth (click for full gallery)

Monday morning we left our camp standing and drove into Tom’s Place at the base of Rock Creek Canyon to set off on our bikes to climb the 2600 ft. up to Rock Creek Lake (at 9682 ft).  Alas, there was to be no Pie in the Sky today at the Rock Creek Lodge so lunch was back down at Tom’s Place.

After breaking camp on Tuesday we stopped in at Mammoth Lakes again for breakfast and a bit of shopping before heading home, this time via Yosemite and Tioga Pass/Road.

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Perseids at the Pinnacles

Darlene and I camped out on the east side of Pinnacles National Park this past Sunday to watch the Perseids meteor shower. We had some fairly dark skies as Pinnacles is in a somewhat remote location. The glow of lights from Hollister and Salinas (about 25-ish miles away) were apparent to the north but the Milky Way was still quite visible. And the crescent moon set nice and early. We spotted probably several meteors per minute.  There were a few clusters of four or five.

I made a little video of some time lapse images I captured during the night:

As it was a Sunday night, getting a campsite was easy – most of the sites were vacant — not so on a Friday or Saturday night!  There was lots of wildlife though… of the more natural variety.  We had multiple visits from human-habituated deer, rabbits and a coyote in our campsite.  (I don’t count the yellow jackets!)  We went for a hike to see the nearby talus caves and saw a couple of bats but part of the caves were still closed to protect the bat colony.  (Talus caves are formed by rocks and boulders falling into a narrow area to form a ceiling and block out the sky.)  On Monday, we hiked the High Peaks loop and happened to run into an old coworker from FileMaker.  We also saw some turkey vultures and possibly some California condors.

 

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2013

Pictures and video from this year’s annual Pirates of Cache Creek event with the Outdoor Adventure Club – click through for the full gallery:

 

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Climbing Mt. Whitney

These are pictures and videos from a three day backpacking trip with Stéphane and Darlene to summit Mt. Whitney (14,505 ft).  Second time for me!  (Here’s the first.)

We chose to camp at Outpost Camp (10,400 ft), a relatively short 3.8 miles from the Whitney Portal trailhead at 8360 ft. However, this made for a long summit day of over 14 miles round trip. We made it though and enjoyed a beautiful day and stupendous views all along the way!

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Backpacking Big Sur

Here’s some pictures from an overnight backpacking trip out of Big Sur, on the California coast, and up the Pine Ridge trail in the Ventana Wilderness. This was Darlene’s first backpacking experience and we enjoyed a lovely quiet site along the river at the Barlow Flat Camp, seven miles in from the trailhead.

 

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Return to Boggs Mountain

Pictures from another fantastic weekend of mountain biking and camping at Boggs Mountain with the Outdoor Adventure Club:

  

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2012

Pictures and video of the pirates of the Outdoor Adventure Club descending on Cache Creek last weekend:

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Boggs Mountain Biking Weekend

Lots of pictures from another fantastic weekend of mountain biking and camping with the Outdoor Adventure Club at Boggs Mountain:

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Boggs Mountain Biking

Pictures and video from a fantastic weekend of mountain biking at Boggs Mountain with the Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Club:

 

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Pirates of Cache Creek 2011

Finished putting together the pictures plus a little video for the “Pirates of Cache Creek” rafting weekend with the Outdoor Adventure Club.

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Camping at Mammoth Lakes

This is a collection of pictures from several days of camping at Twin Lakes near Mammoth Lakes, CA with college friends and their families. We hiked over to the Devil’s Postpile and Rainbow Falls, checked out Mammoth hot springs, went over to Convict Lake and spent half a day in Yosemite around Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows.

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Exploring the Big Island of Hawai’i

This is a collection of photos and videos from a six-day trip with Rahel to the “Big Island” of Hawai’i:

  

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Mountain Biking in Morocco!

This is a collection of photos and video clips from a ten-day mountain biking trip in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, booked through BikeHike Adventures.

  

 

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Rafting the Upper Klamath River

Pictures and video from a three-day rafting/camping weekend with the Outdoor Adventure Club and Wilderness Adventures:

  

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Pirates at Cache Creek 2010

A pirate weekend of rafting and camping on Cache Creek in Northern California with the Bay Area Outdoor Adventure Club:

  

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