Comments by thebeard

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Posted on November 16 at 5:54 p.m.

Nice photos, Dr D. With Cherry Creek closed (legally, anyway) to shooters, coming in from the north during the winter when the road's closed is a nice way to walk the entire Upper North Fork route. For overnighters, Maple camp is a really nice spot, and I've never had to share the camp with others, even in spring/early summer. (Strange, considering how short a distance it is from the end of the road there at Ortega Hill.)

On Matilija North Fork Backpack

Posted on November 16 at 12:26 p.m.

Good news, the trough at Little Pine Spring is full and ready for those who can find it!

I guess some intrepid bodies made repairs between late summer and now. Cheers to them!


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Posted on October 2 at 8:33 a.m.

Thanks for the kind write-up, Dan. Not to argue any points, but I would point out the pipe at MPS was there as of last week (see ... I wonder if it's so loose as to be occasionally removed and set aside? Either way, I've never not seen it there.

Admittedly, the book has its share of typos and nits, for which I intend to post errata on my site.

See you on the trail!


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Posted on July 11 at 1:54 a.m.

We did the same route last summer and I can understand how easy it would be to lose the route there. It was a hedge of poison oak and blackberry brambles and we had to fight our way through. What a trainwreck.

Those interested can read about our venture across the San Raf at


Glad you made it out alright, Dan.

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