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10 Things I Have Learned Since My 1st Backpacking Trip

Green Mountain Lookout
My first backpacking trip happened Labor Day Weekend of 2015. It was a 2 night/3 day trek up San Gorgonio, Southern California's tallest peak, which sits at over 11k feet, and just shy of 18 miles R/T. At the time, I didn't realize there were easier backpacking trips out there, I had been doing long 15+ mile day hikes already, so this trip didn't sound too terrible at the time. Looking back now, I wish I had done an easier overnighter for my first time, but coming from Southern California, it's not like Washington, where you can do an easy backpack to an alpine lake and set up for a night. Are there even any alpine lakes in Southern California that have water in them??

Since that first trek and numerous backpacking trips following, here are the top 10 things I have learned on the trail so far.

1. Find the right shoe/sock combo to prevent blisters Finding the right hiking shoes and sock combo took me almost 2 years to dial in. I remember getting s…

Canada: Backpacking Garibaldi Lake to Panorama Ridge

Panorama Ridge
6 months ago, Kaelee threw out the idea to backpack Panorama Ridge in Canada this summer and I was totally game! We started looking into it, and saw that you could buy permits 4 months in advance. So we marked our calendars in April to book permits for August. We decided to break up the hike into a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip, and now that the trip has happened, I am so glad we spread the hike out! (Here's the link to buy permits)

There are a couple of places you can camp to get to Panorama Ridge (since you are not allowed to camp on the ridge, or you can day hike it). You can camp at Taylor Meadows, Helm Creek, or Garibaldi Lake. Taylor Meadows would've been the closest campground to get to Panorama Ridge, but we decided on Garibaldi Lake because we thought it was going to be prettier (plus we can go swimming!), which added an extra 1.2 miles to our hike.

Trail Stats
Dates hiked: August 3-5, 2018
Miles hiked: 19.8 miles R/T
Elevation Gain:4986 ft
Campground…

Staying in a Fire Lookout

The Fire Lookout at sunset
Location: A Fire Lookout in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Miles Hiked: 8.5 miles R/T
Elevation Gain: 3300 ft

Sarina applied for a Fire Lookout Stewardship and got selected to spend two nights at a fire lookout this summer. Part of this stewardship was to go to a 3 hour long Saturday class at the Search and Rescue Headquarters for Snohomish County and get educated about the history of the lookout, what to do in case of emergencies, and what to do while staying at the lookout. The fire lookout we stayed at is not open to the public to stay in and is considered an administrative site for the Forest Service. As volunteers, we were to be a point of contact to the public to educate them about the lookout, and to help maintain the fire lookout in general.

Sarina invited me along for this trip, and I am so glad I went! I attended the class with her, and got educated about the history of the lookout, how it was inaccessible for a few years due to flooding a…

California Road Trip: Yosemite National Park

Tunnel View
So Cody and my journey to Yosemite National Park started 4 days before we got to the park. We planned out a week long road trip that included attending a wedding for my colleges friends, and on our way back up, we would swing by and camp in Yosemite for 3 nights before driving the rest of the leg back to Seattle.

4 Days Before Yosemite
Cody and I packed up the truck and hit the road on Wednesday June 27. While packing the truck, Cody was worried with how much stuff we were taking, and of course, I told him not to worry about it, we would figure it out! We had to pack for a 2 part trip afterall, part 1 was for the wedding, and part 2 was for car camping. So a lot of luggage was involved. His worry was the fact that, on our way back, we were bringing 2 more people back with us, and they had luggage too... it's ok, I am not the type to stress about these things, as I happily loaded the car with 2 full sized pillows lol.

Our 1st destination was Ojai, CA, but my friends, Al…