Hiking the Backcountry
I recommend solitary ventures in the wild if you are fit, experienced, cautious, and eager for new inner and outer discoveries. Read story.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Six days and five nights of strenuous backpacking, no layover days, river-walking the Sisquoc amid riparian splendor. Read story.
Monday, October 22, 2012
A review of Craig Carey's Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura. Read story.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
A three-hour loop hike starting and ending at Gaviota State Park, and very conducive to mindfulness. Read story.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Why do so many consider Munich especially nature-friendly? The celebrated, 910-acre Englischer Garten leads the list in a spectacular way. But that's not all. Read story.
Monday, August 13, 2012
One way to reduce your civilized "needs" and wants is to go backpacking; and fetching even fewer things along for this five-day easy backpack intensifies the contrast. Read story.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Or, how our backpacking columnist got lost in the woods and needed Search & Rescue. Read story.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Although the Matilija is fairly small at 29,600 acres, it abuts the marvelous Dick Smith Wilderness, which also shares a border with the 240,000 acre San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
A couple of hiking buddies think it's a shame that these columns “give away” information about pristine and beautiful wild zones. Read story.
Monday, June 4, 2012
A moderate hike of 8.1 mostly ascending miles, and a short bike-shuttle. Read story.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Viewed from Santa Barbara, the rounded "peak" east of La Cumbre is a chaotic jumble of large pink and tan boulders with a few gorgeous conifers mixed in. Read story.
Monday, May 7, 2012
An easy three-day backpack, plus a 10-mile day hike on the second day. Read story.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
There are several natural obstacles preventing easy access onto the Hurricane Deck formation — which is essentially a gigantic, 17-mile-long sedimentary rock chunk forming the core of the San Rafael Wilderness. Read story.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Mighty La Cumbre Peak looms north, high above my puny dwelling on Santa Barbara’s Westside. Read story.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Turn off the Chumash Highway for a vigorous half-day of hiking with profusely beautiful flora and stupendous views. Read story.