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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43 Miles Backpacking Over 4 Days from Onion Valley to Whitney Portal

Imagine yourself the evening of your second to last day backpacking in the high mountains, 34 miles in, sitting in your tent to avoid the snow and wind, wearing all the clothes you brought with you because you hadn't anticipated it being this cold. You've got mild altitude sickness, your pal just threw up beside his tent, and you know you'll probably have to get up to go pee in the cold weather about 5 times during the night because that's what altitude does to you. You know what makes life instantly better in that moment? Broth. A big cup of steamy miso broth. I can't describe to you how excited I got when our friend Lucas offered us all a warm cup of broth while we sat inside our tents tending to our sick, weakened bodies. I've never enjoyed a cup of broth so much. It was like the nectar of life.

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Tahquitz Peak - The Trough 5.4 Multipitch Trad

It's been a really long time since I've posted something. It's not because we haven't been out there doing our thing. In May we took our first sailing lessons at Redondo Beach, CA, we went bouldering at a place called Wagon Wheel in California, hiked the Jar trail several times, and went mountain biking at Wind Wolves Preserve. I meant to (and still plan to) write up a post on the Jar Trail and the mountain biking trail at Wind Wolves, but its just been a pretty hectic month (mixed in with a little bit of laziness on the weekdays).

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