Ultralight Backpacking Gear

Eric the Black's Backpacking BlogAlthough I do a lot of hiking and backpacking myself, sometimes it’s nice to hear what other experience hikers have to say about their favorite gear. My husband and I went to the Gardenschwartz Extravaganza here in Durango today to pick up a new tent and sleeping back for him, as well as a new backpacking pack. They have big sales 2 or 3 times a year, so we wait for one to come around to update our gear. [Read more…]

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon is the deepest lake in the United States, formed 7,000 years ago by the eruption of a volcano. The explosions from the eruption were of such magnitude that the volcano, Mount Mazama, collapsed in on itself leaving behind the massive caldera that now forms Crater Lake. At it’s deepest point the lake is 1,943 feet, and on average is 1,148 feet deep. The caldera that forms the lake and surrounding mountain walls is nearly perfectly symmetrical and over 4,000 feet deep. Craterlake-panorama [Read more…]

Rock Climb in Zion National Park

Zion CanyonZion National Park in Utah offers some of the most stunning hiking, biking, and rock climbing in the North West United States. There are 40 climbing sections with over 160 different routes, making this one of the most popular climbing destinations for world class climbers. The richly colored sandstone cliffs top out around 2,000 feet and provide several big wall climbs. Few sections in the park are appropriate for beginners, but there are 2 bouldering areas in the main canyon. The weather is best for climbing from March to May after the snow is gone, then again in September to November after the summer heat dissipates. [Read more…]

Hiking the John Muir Trail

John Muir WildernessThe John Muir Trail is a 221 mile trail through the high Sierra Nevada’s in California, starting in Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Valley and  ending on top of Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet. Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the United States, and throughout the 221 mile trail you will summit and descend several 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in preparation for this final climb. The trail follows along with the Pacific Crest Trail most of it’s length, and travels through some of the most scenic untainted land in the United States: Yosemite, the John Muir Wilderness, the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, and finally the Sequoia National Park. [Read more…]

Mount Rainier – Washington

Mount Rainier in Washington is an active volcano, a national park, the most glaciated peak in the United States, and stands at 14,410 feet above sea level. Reservations have to be made and fees paid to climb Mount Rainier, but thousands of mountaineers each year reach the summit successfully. Due to the potential for dangerous storms [Read more…]