The Hiker’s Handbook: Climate

Here in the American west, we have a tremendous degree of climate variability, and those variables are some of the principle factors to take into account while you prepare. Does this seem too basic? Well, consider that, every year, hundreds of people require rescue due to heat related injuries because they started an inland hike …

The Hiker’s Handbook: Research

In just about every hiking guide I’ve written, I’ve used the phrase “nothing in life guarantees success as much as good planning.” I can attest, as I’ve had more than my fair share of fails arising from poor planning. There’s the time I arrived at Yosemite in the middle of a snowstorm with nothing to …

The Carrizo Gorge

This past Saturday, I explored an area of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that I had long wanted to explore, but never had the time to do so. I initially planned to include a route up the Carrizo Gorge in the 5th edition of Afoot and Afield San Diego County, but after one false start where we …