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Day 2 – Snow in the desert

Day 2 – Snow in the desert

Distance:Time:Elevation gain:Day 2 route overview From camp at Lake Morena, it's a flat and windy trek to Boulder Oaks campsite and a quick slip under Interstate 8. Once passed the interstate, it's a long ascent to Mount Laguna and during my hike, snow made the trail...

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Day 10 – Forces of nature

Day 10 – Forces of nature

Distance:Time:Elevation gain:San Jacinto route overview After crossing Highway 74, you enter the San Jacinto Mountain Range, a 30-mile stretch of treacherous mountain sides,  ridgelines and steep icy slopes. For a more detailed overview with tips and a plan for the...

Day 11 – I found a lost hiker

Day 11 – I found a lost hiker

Distance:Time:Elevation loss:Day 11 route overview Swinging around from Camp 4,  you'll head west toward Tahquitz Peak along a thin and epic slope which if covered in snow will also require spikes and an axe due to freeze-thaw in the night. You'll then hit an expanse...

Day 12 – I got my trail name!

Day 12 – I got my trail name!

Distance:Beers drank:Hours slept:How I got my trail name During my time in Idylwild, the hikers I'd been with up to Montezuma Valley made it safely into town. I was in my lodge at Silver Pines and I could hear their voices outside. I was so happy to see them all and...

Day 13 – Meeting San Jac Jon

Day 13 – Meeting San Jac Jon

Distance:Beers drank:Hours slept:An interview with Jon King Jon King, the outdoorsman who heads up to the San Jacinto most days to check the trail conditions and report them on his website sanjacjon.com kindly agreed to meet with me to be interviewed and discuss the...

Day 14 – Back into the San Jacinto

Day 14 – Back into the San Jacinto

Distance:Time:Elevation gain:Day 14 route overview Making your way back up Devil's Slide to Saddle Junction, the trail as all very familiar, except hopefully with less snow than I had on my way down. It's a long ascent to Saddle Junction and worth getting a ride back...

Day 15 – Where it all ends

Day 15 – Where it all ends

Distance:Time:Elevation loss:Day 15 route overview Moving on from camp you face similar terrain to what you're used to since entering the Snowy San Jacinto, one final challenge awaits though, the infamous Fuller Ridge with a steep, north-facing slope which if covered...

Day 1 – The Snowdon Massif

Day 1 – The Snowdon Massif

Distance:Time:Elevation gain:The Welsh 3,000s The Welsh 3,000s is an epic route consisting of 15 summits of Snowdonia's 3,000+-foot peaks and a wild selection of ridgeline traverses. The route I took on day 1 is the traditional route, starting from the summit of...

Day 2 – The Glyderau

Day 2 – The Glyderau

Distance:Time:Elevation gain:Watch the videoDay 2 route overview From the Cae Gwyn Campsite it's a short double back to the road before heading north along the stream at the foot of Elidir Fawr. The ascent to the summit of Elidir Fawr is steep and covered in thick...

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