My 5 Favorite Winter Climbing Areas in California

Just as the summer months here in California (July-September) are a great time for alpine climbing and hiking in the Sierra Nevada, the winter months (November-February) are great for some desert rock climbing! It almost feels like my training for climbing cycles around these different seasons as well. When March starts rolling around I tend to be going on longer runs and hikes, getting ready for longer alpine days. Then in August, we all start training hard for bouldering, because the winter time is when the bouldering gets good! 

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Boozy Warm Winter Drinks to Make on Your Next Outdoor Adventure + A Giveaway!

Winter is finally here, and it's probably one of my favorite times of the year. Some of our favorite climbing areas are finally cool enough to climb at. Ski and mountaineering options open up. I can go running outside any time of the day without sweating a gallon of water out of my body. The weather is fantastic in California during this time of the year. PLUS we can make our favorite winter-time boozy drinks!

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Santa Clarita Half Day - Towsley Canyon Loop Trail 2 Ways (Hike or Mountain Bike)

As we begin to transition into the winter season here in California, I was searching my brain for good "between-season" weekend or day trips that we have gone on recently. Contrary to popular belief (at least with my family), I'm not always outside exploring. I wish I could be, but life is never perfect (big sigh, but what is perfect anyways?). The past month and a half I have been traveling every weekend, which just drains me since we have so many new projects going on + a full time job. On top of that, not all those traveling weekends were outdoors, and since I am really excited about "Bishop Climbing Season" (ha!) I have been spending quite a bit of time out there too, but I'm sure my readers can only handle so many "This is why Bishop California is Awesome" posts.. or maybe I'm wrong? I certainly know I could subscribe to a blog about Bishop Climbing! However, sometimes it's nice not to travel every weekend. For weekends like that, we tend to go on "day trips" which usually includes anything within a 1-2 hour driving range. 

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15 Miles White Mountain California 14er Day Hike

As summer alpine and hiking season comes to an end with the impending winter season, I wanted to post about one more California 14er that I had the pleasure of hiking and summiting this summer. This will bring my tally up to 4 total California 14ers off the bucket list. Only 11 more to go (ha!). It's one of my goals to climb them all one day...

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26 Miles Backpacking and Summiting Mount Langley - Cottonwood Lakes Trail

This actually isn't my first time attempting Mount Langley. I never wrote a post about my first attempt, but back in 2015 I decided to attempt Mount Langley as my first solo backpacking trip ever. I had been toying with the idea the whole year of 2015 and after a bit of research decided the Cottonwood Lakes trail to Mount Langley would be the perfect first solo backpacking trip. It had a defined trail. It was out and back trail (no shuttle required). The route seemed straight forward, had plenty of water, and as a bonus, the high point was the summit of Mount Langley. I wanted to go on a solo backpacking trip in order to prove something to myself. I wanted to know that I could use all these skills I had been learning from others and be completely dependent on myself in the backcountry.

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10 of My Favorite Bouldering Problems in Bishop, California for the V0-V3 Boulderer

It's Bishop Season! Or that's what every local boulderer in California will start saying around this time of the year. What's Bishop season you may ask? Why, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Bishop Season tis the season to be jolly. When Bishop Clause gives you gifts in the form of sent projects and perfect sending temperatures. Oh Come all ye, Bishop-ers. 

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38 Miles Backpacking Lyell Canyon in Tuolumne to Devil's Postpile in Mammoth Lakes California

It's funny when you plan out a backpacking trip, you search the internet for details to make an overall plan and trip itinerary. You get your daily mileage and ascent all scheduled out, and you start to think that only bad weather can throw a wrench in your plan.  However, over time, I've learned that I should always anticipate about +/- 5 extra miles to what I read online. That was definitely the case with this trail from Lyell Canyon to Devil's Postpile. All my research (reading online trip reports) led me to believe this trail would be about 31 miles and only 4,100 feet of total gain, and so that seemed like an easy 10 miles per day trip. We were slightly surprised when we found that the trail was actually about 38 miles and 5,000' of gain, and had to make up some extra miles in day 2 and day 3. It still was an excellent trip, and very doable in 3 days. 

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Virgin Gorda Bouldering - British Virgin Islands

Virgin Gorda is located in the British Virgin Islands, and it happens to be home to hundreds of beautiful granite boulders. The quality of climbing is fantastic, and the location is unreal. If you're looking to combing a climbing trip into a relaxing beach vacation, this is the best of both worlds.

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Mount Shasta - Avalanche Gulch Route

I have this goal, to climb all 15 of the California peaks over 14,000'. They're called "the 14'ers". I haven't really set a timeline for my goal, because I figure I'll be living in California for a while, but I got to thinking at the beginning of this year how I've almost been living here 5 years already and have only climbed 1 of the California 14'ers. I've climbed some 14'ers in Colorado, Washington and Utah, but only 1 in California. So I've planned out to accomplish few of them this year to get the ball rolling again. Mount Shasta was the 1st on the agenda this year.

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The Hidden Gem of South Africa- The Rocklands

When I told people I was going to South Africa, many people asked me about which cities (Johannesburg/Cape Town) we would be going to, and if we had plans to go do a safari. All valid questions, and although I did have hopes to see Cape Town and possibly go on a safari, the objective for this vacation was to get a taste of world class Bouldering.

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Bastards Ridge - San Gabriel Mountains

My friend, Ashima, and I decided in 2017 we would try to hike at least one peak together a month this year (starting in February). I am going a little out of order here because we did a peak in February, but this blog post is about our recent hike in the San Gabriel Mountains on a route called Bastards Ridge. It's been snowing like crazy everywhere in California, so we've generally been avoiding the Sierras. This has left us mostly with lower elevation peaks near the coast.

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Put In the Time and Keep Showing Up

Growing up I always hated running. I loved soccer, but preferred defense. I loved basketball but hated the sprinting drills. I loved gym class but hated the 1 mile run. I still have this vivid memory of middle school gym class where we had just completed the 1 mile run, and I finished with a 7 min 30 seconds time, but apparently the last time we did the run in gym class I had run 7 mins and 27 seconds. My gym coach told me I needed to re-run the mile so that I could get my "PR", personal record. I told him I didn't want to, but he insisted. 

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New Zealand's North Island in 12 Days

We had a blast in New Zealand, and to my surprise, it was a super easy place to travel around in. We booked our trip for the end of November, hoping for good weather and less crowds, as December in New Zealand gets twice as expensive and is much more crowded. I think we picked an amazing time to see the North Island. There were hardly any tourists and the weather, except for a couple of rainy days, was perfection. Our van was fairly inexpensive compared to December prices and we didn't have to book much of anything in advance because there was plenty of space available for activities in November.

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First Sail to Catalina Island - Cat Harbor

This new interest in sailing is about a year in the making now. It was around May/June of 2015 when Michael and I were binge watching Sailing You-tube channels and Sailing Documentaries on Netflix and we decided to take an "Intro to Sailing Course" down in LA, just to see if we'd like it. In good fashion, we took our groupon down to a local sailing group and went on our first intro sail. We really dug it but realized we had no idea what we were doing. So we signed up for a week long live-aboard sailing course to get certified ASA 101, 103 and 104 (which I never wrote a post about sadly.. maybe I will one of these days) in Mexico for the end of 2015. 

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An Experiment: Plant-Based Eating

I remember a few month ago, sitting at our campground with our friends Mandy and Dallas in Hueco Tanks, Texas. Somehow we got to talking about being Raw Vegan. I remember being like, "Ew, no, I don't think I could go that extreme... I mean, i like cooked foods, and meat from time to time.." And I pretty much dismissed the idea, except for my slight curiosity in the fact that you could make "cheese" out of cashews.

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Havasupai Falls- Yes, it's really that blue.

It's been nearly 8 months since my last post. Sigh. Not for a lack of going outdoors though. In August I moved into a new apartment, and then I just decided I needed a break. Plain and simple. Because for me, if I'm not having fun writing this thing, then there's no point to it. But I've been itching to get back at it, and will just need to get the creative juices flowing... Oh, and what better way than to tell you all about Havasupai Falls.

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The Marvin Braude Bike Trail - Coastal Bike Ride LA County

So last month Michael and I went to Manhattan Beach for a "beach" day, since we haven't taken one of those in a while. There is this lovely bike path that rides along the beach there and I started to wonder, how long the path went on for. When we got home I did some research and found out that this path is called The Marvin Braude Bike trail. It extends, north to south, 22 miles (one way) from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrence County Beach. According to one site that I read, there is roughly 2900 ft of elevation gain round trip (44miles).

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Crystal Crag - North Arete

I want to tell you guys about my favorite climb I've done so far this year! Two weekends ago Michael and I headed off to Mammoth Lakes, CA to go climb the alpine route North Arete at Crystal Crag. This was one of my goal climbs for the year, because I've been reading it would be a good intro climb into Alpine Climbing, and I love, love, loved it! Besides the fact that we were the only people on the climb the day we went out and we had perfect weather, this climb was that perfect mix of long but easy fun (rated 5.6)... and the views were fantastic!

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