SoCalHiker Tech: How I Use Tile in the Backcountry

Most of the areas I backpack in the Sierras require a bear canister. This rule not only protects you and your food, but also protects the bears. All your food and anything scented goes in the canister, and the canister is placed at least 50 yards away from camp while you sleep at night. There are some tips to help you choose where to place that canister. On hilly terrain, a … [Read More]

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After-Hike Social Survival Kit

You've been on the trail hiking for six hours. You made the summit all-smiles, and got back safely to the trailhead. You huffed and puffed. You sweat. Your body is complaining--"Why are you doing this to me?!" What you don't want to do is stuff your sweaty, … [Read More]


What I Wear: 3-Season Hiking in SoCal Mountains

Several years ago I led a group hike up Mt. San Antonio -- aka Mt. Baldy. The hike was in early June, and the hikers in the group all lived in Orange County. The typical June weather in OC is pleasant. Shorts and flip-flops are de rigueur on weekends. In the … [Read More]

Team SoCalHiker: Climb for Heroes

Team SoCalHiker: Climb for Heroes

U.S. Marine Corps veteran Charlie Linville lost his leg to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. For most of us, losing a limb seems like a life-defining moment. But Linville won't let the loss of a limb define who he is, or what he is capable of. He … [Read More]


Smell as Great as Nature Is

I remember getting my dad Old Spice for Christmas when I was a kid. Back then, it came in a cedar box with a big wooden cap on the bottle. I thought it was a pretty awesome gift. Today, Old Spice has expanded the Fresher Collection to harness … [Read More]

Hiking Portuguese Bend Reserve

Hiking Portuguese Bend Reserve

The Rancho Palos Verdes peninsula is a prominent feature in Southern California geography. It protrudes into the Pacific Ocean as if it could almost touch Catalina Island. The hills of Palos Verdes really stand out against the flat terrain surrounding it, … [Read More]


OUTSIDE IN Released by Opus Orange

Two weeks ago I talked to PB about the new ep from Opus Orange, the band behind the soundtrack for Mile...Mile & A Half. Yesterday, Outside In, was released. Recorded entirely outside in the California wilderness above 10,000’ elevation using only solar … [Read More]

Hiking Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Camp

Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Camp and Mt Zion

The beautiful Santa Anita Loop takes you on a 10-mile hike from Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Camp, then on to Mt Zion and back past Hoegee's Trail Camp and along the Lower Winter Creek Trail. It's got a 50 foot waterfall, babbling creeks, historical wilderness … [Read More]

Inman 300 - Worlds First Urban Thru-hike

Inman 300: The World’s First Urban Thru-Hike

If the shortest distance between two points is a line, the longest might be the Inman 300. What is the Inman 300? It has been called "the world's first urban thru-hike." There is no trail or signs to follow, but there is a more-or-less official route. The … [Read More]

Don Viejo Revisited

Don Viejo – Revisited

Remember Don Viejo? Last May the 85-year old was posting flyers in the local mountains advertising for a lady hiker friend, with interviews to be conducted atop Mt. Baden-Powell. Apparently there is still an opening, if your name is Deborah and you were … [Read More]