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At The Top

At The Top

In this episode Dave, Gerry and I set off on an extreme day hike to the tallest peak in Southern California. At 11,503 feet San Gorgonio is a tough climb on the Vivian Creek Trail, the shortest and steepest route to the top.

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Ferris Bueller's House

Ferris Bueller’s House

In this episode Lindsey and I take a drive up to Malibu California, home of the rich and famous to take a hike up the Los Liones Trail to the Parker Mesa Overlook, one of the best viewpoints along the California Coastline.

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In part two of the clothing layering system I continue my discussion about how to put together a simple system of base layer shirts, midlayers and outer layers to keep you warm in the backcountry.

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Vintage Mountaineering Wear

Vintage Mountaineering Wear

In this episode I talk about my exciting adventure driving through a rare snowstorm in Southern California and talk about some of the different types, materials and styles of outerwear for your outdoor adventures. From the superlight Montbell Down Vest to the heavy and durable Filson Mackinaw Cruiser Coat and everything in between.

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Blankets, Bags & Bed Rolls

Blankets, Bags & Bed Rolls

In this episode I talk a little about sleeping bags, quilts, wool blankets and other ways to stay warm on your overnight back country adventure. I also give you some of my top tips  to boost the rating in your sleeping bag.

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Final approach to Lake Arrowhead

Final approach to Lake Arrowhead

In this final chapter of our Big Bear Adventure we pack up camp at the Holcomb Creek Crossing Camp and head north on the P.C.T. toward Deep Creek. Along the way we run into an wise old hiker who gives us some warnings about a rattlesnake, cross the Deep Creek Bridge and meet a pair of hikers as we head towards our final destination at San Bernardino County Fire Station 92 in Lake Arrowhead.

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Vintage Pack and Bedroll along the PCT

Vintage Pack and Bedroll along the PCT

In this second part of our adventure in Big Bear we pack up at Little Bear Springs Trail camp and continue North on the Pacific Crest Trail toward Holcomb Creek Crossing Camp.

Along the way we hike through dry desert like conditions, meet a jeep caravan and finally get relief after finding water at Holcomb Creek.

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