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Information on the Modern Hiker One Day in L.A. Hike

More Info on the One Day in L.A. Hike

On Saturday, April 26th, I invite you to join me on the trail to Echo Mountain as part of the documentary project One Day in L.A.. I met with the producers of this ambitious project a few weeks ago and I really dug their mission. They want to capture the state of American cities right now and catch a glimpse…

read » April 1, 2014
LA Sunset

One Day in L.A.

2 years ago the ambitious One Day on Earth project compiled footage from more than 7000 filmmakers all over the world into a documentary about what people were doing on a single day. Now, the team is at it again – the time with several smaller, more focused projects on the stories and people of 11 American cities – including,…

read » March 11, 2014

Ring in the Solstice with a Hike (and a Councilman)

Tomorrow evening, L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge is leading a free group hike in Griffith Park to celebrate the Summer Solstice and L.A.’s relationships with our sister cities across the world. LaBonge’s hike starts at the north end of the Griffith Observatory’s parking lot near the Charlie Turner Trailhead at 6PM and will trek one and a half miles to…

read » June 20, 2013

Point Mugu State Park after the Springs Fire

Over the long weekend, I had a chance to head back to Point Mugu State Park to see how the area had fared after the Springs Fire. Starting on May 2nd, the fire burned over 24,000 acres – and from the burn area maps released, it looked like virtually ALL of Point Mugu State Park was on fire. Before the…

read » May 28, 2013

Go Hike L.A. – Cahuenga Peak

Well – this has been on my to-do list for a long, long time … and now it’s finally happening: I’m leading a group hike! In what I hope will become a semi-regular event, at 9AM on Sunday, June 16th, I will lead a hike to Cahuenga Peak up the western side of Griffith Park with a short side trip…

read » May 22, 2013

The 5th Annual Big Parade is This Weekend

Stretch out your legs and dig out your comfiest walking shoes – the Big Parade is back this weekend! The annual pedestrian celebration is entering its fifth year and will once again trace a long and winding route from Angel’s Landing in downtown Los Angeles to the Griffith Park Observatory over two days starting on the morning of Saturday, May…

read » May 13, 2013

North Face Exploration Intern

Interns: the indentured service backbone of many a modern industry. In most places, you’d end up making copies, fetching coffee and getting yelled at in the hopes that someday someone will pity you enough to offer you an entry level job – but that might not apply to the North Face Outdoor Exploration Intern. Backpacker has the details on the…

read » April 4, 2013

Hike for Vets

If you want to do a good hike while doing good, you may be interested in joining up with the team at The Heroes Project. The group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping injured veterans reach the summits of the world’s seven highest peaks, and they’re doing a fundraising hike at Mount Baldy on Sunday, April 14th. I know…

read » March 26, 2013

A Visual Poem for Outdoorsy Types

OK, it’s not totally limited to outdoorsy types, but it does have an inspirational message attached to some pretty amazing outdoor footage, so there ya go. Hope it helps you through your hump-day! Revelation, a Visual Poem. from sebastien montaz-rosset on Vimeo.

read » January 30, 2013

Videos for a Better Weekend

I didn’t want the last thing on the front page for the weekend to be something about corpses, so instead here are two gorgeous time-lapses from Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks and a behind-the-scenes video from the soon-to-be-released John Muir Trail documentary Mile … Mile and a Half featuring my good friend Kolby Kirk. Hope you enjoy – and…

read » January 25, 2013

Overcoming the Fear of Looking Stupid

Semi-Rad is a very cool blog that I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know about until earlier this year. If you haven’t visited, I highly recommend it – Brendan Leonard is a great writer and always has an interesting story to tell. Brendan also bills himself as an everyman-outdoorsman who isn’t afraid to let people know that he’s not always…

read » December 19, 2012

Backpacking May Make You More Creative

Here are some depressing numbers: the average 8-18 year old in America only spends 15-25 minutes a day in outdoor play or sports, while spending 7.5 hours a day soaked in media from TV, computers, and cell phones. It’s easy to see how people can make a case for something like Nature Deficit Disorder. But it’s not all bad news…

read » December 13, 2012

Live Chat with Andrew Skurka on Sierra Trading Post

At 1PM Pacific today, long-distance hiker and all-around adventurer Andrew Skurka will be doing a live chat interview on the Sierra Trading Post’s SocialHub. Skurka has put some serious miles on his boots, including 7,775 miles between Quebec and Washington State, 6,875 miles on the Great Western Loop, and 4,700 miles on a six month journey around Alaska. He was…

read » December 13, 2012

Reconstructing Grand Canyon Views

The Grand Canyon is just one of those places that no matter how many pictures you’ve seen, will still take your breath away the first time you actually lay your eyes on it. It’s been drawing tourists from all over the world and capturing the imaginations of people who’ve seen it for thousands of years. And with scenes like this…

read » December 5, 2012

Into the Mind Trailer Released

Into the Mind is a forthcoming nature documentary from Sherpas Cinema that features a ton of outdoor athletes performing in their element. The first teaser trailer went up this week, and the film looks gorgeous – kind of like a new Baraka with fewer chicken factories and more near-vertical helicopter skiing. Even if, like me, you don’t have the necessary…

read » November 30, 2012

Great Los Angeles Walk 2012

The seventh annual Great Los Angeles Walk is set to hit the sidewalks this Saturday, traveling from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. For those unfamiliar with this event, it’s a leisurely, go-at-your-own pace walk down one or two major thoroughfares. It’s not necessarily a guided tour and you can hop on or leave whenever and wherever…

read » November 15, 2012

Help a Fellow Hiker get to New Zealand

Back in September, I told you about a contest Air New Zealand was running to select a few Great Walkers to spend nine weeks tackling all of the island nation’s Great Walks. Late last week I found out that former SoCal hiker, trail documentarian, and all-around amazing guy Kolby Kirk was selected as a finalist! For those that don’t know…

read » November 13, 2012

Fee-Free Weekend and Good Hiking Weather

In honor of Veterans’ Day, National Parks and Forests all across the country will be waiving entrance fees in their final Fee-Free Weeekend of 2012. That includes Sequoia, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite National Parks as well as the Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland, and Los Padres National Forests, so there’s no excuse not to tackle a good trail this weekend! If…

read » November 9, 2012

Fall Comes to the California Mountains

LA Times travel writer Chris Erskine discovered the treasure trove of information that is the California Fall Color web site – and I’m glad he did. I’m also glad Erskine rented a car and drove up north to get a look at some of the California foliage for himself, because he came back with a great article and some amazing…

read » November 1, 2012

Hikers Find Summit Note – 40 Years Later

40 years ago, a 13 year old boy from La Canada Flintridge named Tim Taylor climbed Sequoia National Park’s Milestone Mountain and left a note at the summit with his name and address, asking whoever summited next to write him a letter. Last month, Oakland resident Larry Wright stumbled upon the note while on an 11-day trek with his similarly-aged…

read » October 9, 2012