Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Lassen Volcanic-8We visited Lassen Volcanic National Park on a busy holiday weekend and yet it was still quiet and serene. The campsites were full so we headed into the backcountry despite some rain. I pledged to jump in one of the gemstone colored lakes but never found the opportunity. At our camp I hid in our tent to avoid rampant mosquitos and couldn’t sleep despite a long day of driving and then hiking into the wilderness. It was such a treat to find solitude in such a beautiful location without having to hike so high into the mountains as one would in the Sierras. There were so many geothermal areas to explore, we followed the trail of volcanos up through the Cascade range into Oregon.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Bristlecone Pine Forest-21There are magical places with ancient creatures that make you remember how much has come before you and how much will come after. We drove high into the mountains where there was still snow despite it being nearly June. Everything felt lonely and still. The forest is a preserve and you can tell the folks who work there are so happy to share this rare beauty with you, to tell you all about the trees and how slowly they grow. The slowest ones live the longest they say, the ones found in the harshest of environments. The oldest living things on earth battling extreme frozen winters and intense wind. Their pine needles alone can live 30-40 years. We searched for the legendary tree considered to be the oldest, its location now a secret. It could have been any of them really, their twisting limbs and stunted trunks. Soon it will snow again and the road will be closed for winter; the trees safe in their desolate slopes.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

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carrizo plain-22Seemingly endless dirt roads and hardly any people. Quiet campsites with perfect sunset views. Pronghorns, tule elk, burrowing owls. Flowers even after spring is over. Salt flats and grasslands. Hawks, bats and kangaroo rats if your lucky.

我知道,事情已经很安静。夏天的热度似乎已经融化了我的博客动机。这并被陷入了各种项目。我不是承诺,但我至少会赶上事物。也许一切都会改变。我打算刚发布这些照片,然后我对写作的东西感到兴奋,所以我们会看到这一切的事情。

hiking and backpacking gear

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Backpack – Osprey Talon 44 & 33
When I first decided I wanted to go backpacking I spent a long time researching backpacks and then even longer trying them on in the store. I initially went with the Gregory Deva 60, because in the store it was the most comfortable when loaded with lots of weight. I wasn’t excited that it had super thick padding or that the backpack itself weighed in at over 5 pounds but after much debate I got it anyway. I took it out on our first trips and it was okay but I certainly didn’t love it. There were too many pockets that made the whole thing lumpy and weird. Even though the pack was huge, it didn’t fit my 3L water reservoir. Overall I had lots of complaints.
I later picked up the Osprey Talon 33 as a large day pack. I opted for a larger size to try for low key overnight trips. I ended up using it for backpacking in theHoh Rainforestas well as atPoint Reyes. I loved how light it was and it had all the features I wanted. It is simple, light and comfortable, though a touch small for some occasions. When I came across a coupon, I bought the 44L version and returned the massive Gregory pack.
Things I love about this pack: It’s light. There aren’t a lot of frilly features but it still has some bonuses that I like such as a large reservoir and decent sized hip belt pockets. The mesh pocket on the back is great.
I could see myself being happy with an actual ultralight backpack someday, but without the opportunity to ever try one on I’m hesitant to buy one. Right now I’m very happy with the Ospreys, even if they have a little bit of extra weight.

Sleeping Bag – North Face Cat’s Meow Women’s 20
我喜欢这个睡袋。矿山超过4岁(虽然有更新的版本),它仍然是温暖和舒适的。它是合成的,所以它不会超级小,而且它也不特别光明,但它是我见过的最轻的综合之一,我已经看到了用于温度额定值。我感冒了,所以我宁愿处理散装额外的温暖。我用这个袋子在冰冷的温度(以及额外的层一起)并得到了温暖的。肖恩拥有男士版本的奖金,所以我们可以将我们的睡袋拉到一起,为我们俩制作一个大包。

睡垫 - Thermarest Neoair Xtherm
这张睡垫如此舒适,很难相信。我在床上的家里睡了更好的夜晚。它真的很小,光线和绝缘层反射你的身体热回来寒冷的夜晚。它不是像其他新的那样克隆,所以它不想睡在一袋筹码上。我之前有一个自我充气的Thermarest,这在过去的几年里肯定是它的工作,但对像我一样的侧枕柜并不总是舒适。我经常会用臀部骨头麻木或睡着了。我将成为第一个承认这张垫是非常漂亮的私人(得到它的销售!),但如果你问我很值得。

背包帐篷 - 大艾尔·飞河UL3
我不能赢得挑选这个帐篷的信誉,肖恩在很多研究后选择了它,并测试了一些其他帐篷。我们有几个原因与UL3一起去了。它绝对轻量级(虽然不是最轻的),但仍然有一些奖金功能。对于一个,它是完全独立的,所以你不必担心只是为了坚持下来。我们和我们的装备也有足够的空间。我们尝试了一个较小的,类似的帐篷,但是一个高大的人没有足够的余地(我没有真正注意到)。我们已经在其中风化了一些风暴,尚未存在任何问题。当它的温暖时,它没有最好的通风,但是当它很冷时它很好,舒适。

Car Camping Tent – North Face Double Headed Toad(discontinued)
I mention this other tent, just in case you see it in some photos. It’s a luxurious four person tent. After spending so many nights in our compact backpacking tent, this tent feels enormous. It’s great for longer stays and more extreme weather. It’s held up really well over the past four years and still feels new.

Stove – Snow Peak Litemax
A great little stove. Lighter and more compact than the gigapower. Holds up to wind fairly well. I like hot meals and this makes it easy for me to cook something fast for myself or in tandem with Shawn.

炊具 - 雪峰Trek 900ml钛与四只狗炉盖
Love this pot! Great for one person. You could probably go a little smaller, but a full size fuel canister fits perfectly in this one. Also the frypan lid is the perfect size for grilling veggie burgers. I added on the Four Dog Stove lid for when I’m not planning on frying anything. It’s slightly more compact and easier to manage and great for straining noodles.

Utensils – Snow Peak Titanium long tined spork & Sea to Summit Long Spoon
I don’t love sporks but Shawn found me this special long tined spork that is great for ramen. Most everything else I use my long spoon which is great for stirring your pot and eating out of those instant meal bags. I love that it has flat sides which are useful for scraping every last morsel of food out of your pot.

Water Filter – Saywer Squeeze
This filter is very easy to use and super lightweight/compact. The squeeze bag that comes with it isn’t super big and doesn’t fill very easily unless you have fairly swiftly running water. I’ll probably add another platypus as a dirty bag for longer trips.

Water Reservoir – Platypus 3L
Having a reservoir is great. It makes a major difference in how often I drink water and therefore how hydrated I stay. The 3L is also great when you know you need to carry a lot of water. This reservoir doesn’t have a strong flavor with is great and I haven’t had any problems with leaking. I have had a lot of issues with the bite valve. Nothing catastrophic but sometimes I find I’m getting a lot of bubbles with my water (annoying!). It also tends to drip a little from the valve. I’ve only used it for water but did find some questionable build up in the hose which I was able to remove after some disinfecting. I should probably just replace the hose and valve altogether. I also have a bonus 2L Platupus water bag that’s really great as an add on.

Trekking Poles – Black Diamond Ergo Cork Poles
我只是最近有这些所以我可能需要update this when I’ve used them more. I’m still getting used to them really. I like that they are fairly light weight and can pack up small. They were definitely a big help when climing some steep hills with a heavy backpack. I think they do increase my pace a little. I do like having something to do with my arms. Good for balance during river crossings. I don’t see myself using these too much on regular hikes but they’re great when you’ve got a heavy backpack. I got these with a dividend so they were basically free, otherwise I don’t know if I would have spent the money.

Shoes – Brooks Cascadias
我觉得这些是徒步旅行者世界的时髦鞋,但我喜欢这些该死的鞋子。虽然有些人会选择更多重型徒步旅行的靴子,但我对我的脚比其他任何东西都更敏感。这些鞋子呼吸真的很好,有很大的牵引力和迅速干燥。我与一些肮脏的女孩绑架配对,以保持棍棒和石头,因为它们低于传统的靴子。我注意到顶部有些磨损部分可能更多地从设计缺陷比实际使用,所以我猜这些并不是为了永远持续。现在他们的超级舒适,并给了我很好。

夹克 - arc'teryx雾雾lt帽衫
I had been searching for a packable insulated jacket for months when I was pressured into buying this one. I thought it was too expensive, but a big sale came up and I had to jump on it. I’ve never regretted it. It’s the most comfortable and warm jacket. I want to live in it. It feels like you’re wearing a cozy sleeping bag. Though I was skeptical about the stretchy side panels, they do make the whole thing more versatile for activities. Definitely requires another base layer for extra cold weather. I’ve slept with it on in my sleeping bag on exceptionally cold nights. I think the stretchy wrist sections are maybe a little too tight, but they definitely keep the cold air out and don’t really bother me.

约书亚树野花

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我们去旅行一片野花球探乔希ua Tree a few weeks ago. The backcountry camping is great because you just have to hike over a mile away from any road, find a spot you like and set up.* We arrived just before sunset, hiked into the darkness and made camp. We woke up to a beautiful sunrise and, after breakfast, spent the day searching for wildflowers throughout the park. There were lots to be seen in the lower elevations and some were just sprouting in the higher areas. Getting a campsite can sometimes be tricky at this park since it’s so close to Los Angeles. Knowing you can just head out into the wilderness makes me want to visit every weekend.

*There are a few other rules, so check out the National Park现场for details.