About Our Backpacking Trips
Updated - 11/28/16
In today's world of technology, it's healthy to get away from civilization, cell phones, facebook and everything else we're typically plugged into. It is also a very rewarding experience to see the beauty this world has to offer, and nothing makes you appreciate it more than having to work a little for it. As a great man once said, "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." -John Muir
All of the trips listed below fall into the category of backpacking (sometimes referred to as primitive or backcountry camping). For each of these trips, I've rated each one using the following criteria:
- Solitude - The fewer people the better.
- Trails - Challenging trails that don't look like roads, as well as decent signage so we don't get lost.
- Campsites - Good amenities including close proximity to water, isolated from other campsites, and fire rings.
- Scenery - The more awe inspiring, the better.
- Wildlife - Birds and deer are great, but dangerous animals like bears and mountain lions are the best!
- Adventure - We like to have some adrenaline flowing to make us forget about all the aches and pains.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and stories and get a chance to visit these wonderful parks. And if you feel so inclined, I 'd love to hear form you.
Camping Trips 2016
Camping Trips 2015
Camping Trips 2014
Camping Trips 2013
Camping Trips 2012
Camping Trips 2011
Camping Trips 2010
Camping Trips 2009
Yosemite Falls, Tenya Lake, Half Dome Loop, Yosemite National Park
Trip Report | Photo Gallery | Route in Google Earth | Vertical Profile
The trip we've been looking forward to for nearly a year, Dale, Thomas and I set off to see as much of Yosemite as we could. We ended up doing 50+ miles and 11,000 vertical feet over 5 days (basically everything you see in the picture above. We encountered bears, rattlesnakes, deer, conquered Half Dome and Cloud's Rest, and battled mosquitoes. Truly an epic adventure to remember. A (very) detailed account can be found here.
Camping Trips 2007
Future Camping Trips
Some of the trips we plan on making in the next few years:
Glacier NP (Great Northern Traverse)
Rocky Mountain NP (Long's Peak)
Grand Teton NP (Teton Crest Trail)
Grand Canyon NP (Rim to Rim)
Sequoia NP (Mt Whitney via JMT)
North Cascades NP
Great Smoky Mountains NP (AT)
Wind River Range