Tag Archive: safety

Plague Found in the Angeles National Forest

PLAGUE! PLAGUE IN THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST!!!111! Those are the types of headlines you’ll be likely to see over the next few days, now that a plague-infected squirrel has caused several campgrounds in the eastern reaches of the Angeles to shut down. The Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow, and Pima Loops campgrounds near Wrightwood are closed for at least a week…

read » July 25, 2013

Orange County May Charge Hikers For Rescue

Believe me, I would much rather not be writing about out of control wildfires and drugged-out hikers, but … the Springs Fire just passed 10,000 acres and is only 10% contained, and now Orange County officials are considering charging one of the two teens rescued from Trabuco Canyon in April after investigators found 497 milligrams of meth in Nicolas Cendoya’s…

read » May 3, 2013

The Problems of Urban Wilderness

Los Angeles is surrounded by wilderness areas within a short drive in almost every direction. For me, this has always been an enormous selling point for the city and one of its most pleasant surprises for outdoorsy types – but as recent news is making quite clear it can also be a dangerous situation. Just last week, two inexperienced hikers…

read » April 9, 2013

Bodies Found in the Angeles

I wonder how many other cities’ hiking areas have to deal with things like this. Another body was found in the Angeles National Forest yesterday afternoon. The unidentified woman’s body was found off of East Fork Road near Prairie Fork Road. Los Angeles County Sheriffs haven’t released any other details yet, and are asking anyone with further information to contact…

read » January 25, 2013

ShouldBeBack.com Helps You Be A Responsible Hiker

One of the Cardinal Rules of Hiking is – Always Let Someone Know Where You’re Going. Whether you’re going solo, in a group, on a trail you’re just trying out for the first time or one you’ve done a thousand times before, you should always let someone know where you’re going and when they can expect you back … but…

read » February 3, 2012

Angeles National Forest Fire Level Raised

The fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest has been raised to Very High today, the fourth in a six-level graduated system. The level is being elevated to raise awareness and preparedness for the hot and dry conditions in the forest right now before Labor Day Weekend, when the chances of a human-caused fire increase quite a bit. There…

read » September 1, 2011

Weekend Heat Advisory

If you’re headed into the Angeles National Forest or nearby valleys to hike over the next few days, be sure to bring extra water – the National Weather Service has issued a special advisory for high temperatures and humidity from now until early next week. Daytime temperatures will peak above 100 degrees in the valleys this weekend, with some of…

read » August 25, 2011

More Trouble at Eaton Canyon

In what is unfortunately becoming something of a routine announcement, three more hikers found themselves stranded past the upper falls of Eaton Canyon over the weekend and had to be airlifted out. Details are light on this right now, but apparently the group of three ascended with proper equipment and no incident on Saturday with the intention to rappel down…

read » August 22, 2011

127 Hours out on Disc Today

It may have been snubbed at this weekend’s Oscars, but 127 Hours was probably the best dramatization of a true-life outdoorsy rescue story in theaters last year. Kidding aside, I went to see it in the theater with some of my Mount Whitney buddies and we all dug it. Like one of my other favorite outdoor movies Into the Wild,…

read » March 1, 2011

Tarantino’s Editor Dies While Hiking

As several readers have mentioned, Sally Menke – Quentin Tarantino’s longtime editor – passed away while hiking in Griffith Park and was found early this morning. Menke was hiking on the hottest day in L.A.’s recorded history, although it’s not yet known whether it was the heat alone or a preexisting condition that caused her death. It’s a bit cooler…

read » September 28, 2010

Tarantino's Editor Dies While Hiking

As several readers have mentioned, Sally Menke – Quentin Tarantino’s longtime editor – passed away while hiking in Griffith Park and was found early this morning. Menke was hiking on the hottest day in L.A.’s recorded history, although it’s not yet known whether it was the heat alone or a preexisting condition that caused her death. It’s a bit cooler…

read » September 28, 2010

FYI – the East Fork is Tough Right Now

This just in – the East Fork of the San Gabriel River is high and fast right now … and presumably cold, too – but it’s always that way. Kolby was kind enough to update my write-up of the hike to the Bridge to Nowhere – one of the best hikes L.A. has to offer – with some observations from…

read » May 3, 2010

New Half Dome Permit System for 2010

In 2010 and 2011, if you want to hike up Half Dome on a weekend or holiday when the cables are up, you’re going to need to do some serious planning-ahead, because now you need a permit to do so. According to the Yosemite National Park web site: Beginning in 2010, all people using the Half Dome Trail above the…

read » January 29, 2010

First-Person eHiking

The web curators over at Urlesque have put together a small compilation of what they call “Virtual Reality Hiking” – first-person perspective videos of hikers on dangerous and harrowing treks around the world. Some of the videos – like Spain’s El Camino Del Rey – have been around for a while, but that doesn’t make watching them any less terrifying.…

read » January 26, 2010

How NOT to Descend

On a lot of the trails here in Southern California, the rocks are loose, dry, and sandy – slippery areas that resist even the grippiest of boot soles. I’m sure many of you have seen some steep use-trails climbing up canyons off the established trail, and these paths seem like they’d cut off some distance or time to your planned…

read » January 7, 2010

Hikers Trapped in Eaton Canyon

Eaton Canyon is a fairly non-intense, easily accessible trail in Pasadena, which can make it seem pretty innocuous to causal forest strollers – but four hikers found out the hard way that even these “easy” trails can be dangerous in the right conditions. On Saturday afternoon, around 4:30 PM, four hikers -three men aged 18, 18, and 43, and an…

read » December 15, 2009

iPhone Endangers, Saves Hiker

Fast Company dug up a story from Vermont about a hiker, her iPhone, and a bear. Apparently, Kris Wagner, who also happens to be the Chief Information Security Officer for the state of Vermont, was on the trail using her iPhone while hiking. Because she wasn’t watching where she was going, she didn’t notice that she was walking straight toward…

read » October 16, 2009

Ed Viesturs' new K2 Book

Over the weekend, I spent some time in Florida, where the weather was definitely much more conducive to riding roller coasters and enjoying air conditioning than it was to hiking (100 degrees and humid as a sponge on most days) – but I did get to spend some time reading Ed Viesters’ and David Roberts’ new book – K2: Life…

read » October 13, 2009

Ed Viesturs’ new K2 Book

Over the weekend, I spent some time in Florida, where the weather was definitely much more conducive to riding roller coasters and enjoying air conditioning than it was to hiking (100 degrees and humid as a sponge on most days) – but I did get to spend some time reading Ed Viesters’ and David Roberts’ new book – K2: Life…

read » October 13, 2009

Hike Gone Wrong at Eaton Saddle

Every hiker has been there – Bad Decision Country. The trail looks short on the map, or the peak looks close enough, or you just plain make a dumb mistake. The lucky ones live to tell about it. The unlucky ones end up on Hiker Hell. I, myself, have had my share of bad decisions – one of them ended…

read » August 4, 2009