Drought, Photography and Football

daily-photo-la-evolution-valley-john-muir-trail-1Normally, this time of year I would be tearing up the trails, putting on miles and exploring new stealth sites. Autumn is one of our favorites times of year to backpack in our local playground. This year, however, is/was a year of change. The lack of water has already put to death two trips we planned plus we have a new family activity: High school football.

I am not transitioning out of backpacking as much as our family dove head-first into our son’s first year in football.

Our normal routine for weekend overnight trips is head up on Friday after work and come home Saturday afternoon. But with football games being on Friday nights, our trips were thwarted. To make matters even more difficult, I photograph both the JV and Varsity games, taking up to 1,800 to 2,000 photos, which need to be processed, uploaded to my site, plus sent to the publisher for the next week’s school program. All this takes until Saturday afternoon–sometimes later if we have something else going on.

Okay, enough of the excuses…. Once football is over, it will be time to hit the trails again.

Why Use a Go Box?

In an effort to help Scouts and adult backpackers better prepare, I explain the importance of a Go Box.

A Case for the Go Box

Even with the aid of a checklist, I found myself still having to rummage through the house, attic, basement and garage for my equipment. That takes time and a lot of mental effort. So to remedy the problem, our family each has a personal, Continue reading

Ultralight Buys for a Buck


99¢ Only Store — “Ultralight Depot”

One of the exciting aspects of ultralight backpacking is the on-going quest for light, small and cheap equipment.

Typically, “small and light” comes at a higher price, but what if I could show you how to buy ultralight items at an ultracool price of a dollar each? Continue reading

Los Angeles Backpacking Club

I love LA —  I especially appreciate the diversity of weekend options available to adventurers who make time to get out once in a while.

Last weekend I took the opportunity to signup and go on my first Meetup trip with the LA Backpackers Club. It was a local, 10-mile round trip backpack to the historic site of what was once the Ye Alpine Tavern. One of my motivations for going was Continue reading