We have not wings we cannot soar; but, we have feet to scale and climb, by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
Cairns represent a trail marker that guides one through uncertain areas in life. They provide guidance, hope, balance, continuity, and confidence on the journey down the path of life.
~John P. Kraemer
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. It’s easy.
~The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.
There have been a lot of incidents recently where hikers have gone missing on trails that are known to be very warm in the summertime. With the proper preparations you can prevent these kinds of problems from happening to you.
Hiking in HOT Weather
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
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.
For being so close to suburbia, this hike has a ‘far away land’ feel to it, and I’ll go so far as to say that, at times, it feels like being in a National Park.
Mount San Antonio, aka Mount Baldy, is known for many things, one of them being the highest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains. With an elevation of 10,064 feet, and elevation gain of about 3,900 feet in an 11-mile out and back hike, this mountain makes for no easy summit. Given these facts, it’s easy to see why Mount Baldy is number three on the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge list. The ‘challenge’ is an annual opportunity to summit six of the highest and most prominent peaks in Southern California. Jeff Hester, who runs the website, SoCalHiker, hosts this challenge each year. SoCalHiker is also a major contributor in the annual Mount Baldy Climb For Heroes event. Climb For Heroes is an event hosted by the Heroes Project, a charity that raises money for our US military veterans. Continue reading
Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
~Richard M. Nixon