Mount Wilson The Hard Way

There are about seven different routes in which to summit Mount Wilson. We took the route that begins in Bailey Canyon, and ascends first to Jones Peak, then to Hastings Peak, and then a final push to reach the Mount Wilson Toll Road.

I kicked off my 2017 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge on Earth Day (4/22). This was my second summit of Mount Wilson, but my first for the challenge. Continue reading

The Explain of Elevation Gain

In hiking, the amount of elevation gain, or to quote Wikipedia, cumulative elevation gain, or simply gain, is what makes a trail steep, really steep or not so steep.

In hiking nomenclature, there is the oft-incomprehensive term that is ‘elevation gain’. I’ve read a few blogs on this, and also Wikipedia’s entry, but some of these write-ups read like an episode out of physics 101. Elevation gain shouldn’t be that hard to figure out, and I think it’s very important to understand. Your hike could possibly become unexpectedly unpleasant because you misunderstood the amount of elevation gain on a given trail. So, in this ‘I Hike Far’ installment, I would like to see if I can come up with my own layman’s version of ‘elevation gain explained’.
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