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All about this site

me_lassen.gif (26200 bytes)INTRODUCTION
I've been hiking around California and Arizona extensively over the last few years, and I always wanted to have a place to post my trip logs. I've been designing websites in my free time for the last three years, so it was natural that this site would eventually come together.
     It's also a great way to let my friends know what I'm up to, and to hear similar stories from site visitors. I created a site that covered a hike to Havasupai Canyon, and everyone seemed to like it. So this year, I decided to do something on a larger scale, I hope you like it. 

MY HIKING EXPERIENCE
I've hiked up many peaks in California, including Mt. Whitney, Lassen Peak (shown above), Mt. San Gorgonio, Mt. San Antonio (Baldy), Mt. San Jacinto, and learned a lot along the way. As I get ready for Shasta in July, I hope to get some of that information across to visitors. It's a whole new learning curve to get used to when you start climbing big mountains, and I hope to help people understand what's necessary to plan these hikes.

HIKING EQUIPMENT
To start hiking for the first time requires some basic essentials. You may already have everything, or you might have to spend up to $1000 to get fully outfitted. I'll try to mention the newest stuff I use in upcoming trips, but at the minimum, you'll want the following if you want to try this yourself:

  • Comfy boots that won't give you blisters
  • Warm, layered clothing
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottles and filter
  • Hat and sunscreen

Extra stuff that might be necessary too:

  • Non-cotton clothing, from underwear all the way to jackets
  • Camelback water carrier
  • Gaiters
  • Ice ax, collapsible ski poles
  • Camera

RECOMMENDED BOOKS
amzn-assoc.gif (1012 bytes)I own a lot of books about hiking and climbing, so I thought I'd mention which books I used to plan each hike. You will find the recommended books in each report, they can be ordered through Amazon.com, which I have been using with great success for the last two years. Most of the titles are hard to find in bookstores, so Amazon is the best way to get a hold of those titles.

Feel free to email me any questions or suggestions you have, and thanks for taking the time to visit my site.

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