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The Five-Minute Avalanche Challenge

The San Juan Backcountry

Snow falls from the sky, pulled by gravity, and lands on the ground. On the ground, gravity keeps pulling on the snow, but the ground holds the snow in place. Sometimes, like (more)

Mouse Trap

Parker Brothers Mouse Trap Game

When an accident happens, what does it mean? Or, to put it another way, what does it reveal? After reading this post, you will be able to answer that question—at least, as (more)

On Not Dying

Aplenglow on Mount Mallory, California

Did they see it coming? When I hear of fatal accidents in the backcountry, that's the first thing I wonder. If you know a slope you want to ski is likely to avalanche, what you (more)

Steven Bradshaw Sends Yahoo Predator

Steven Bradshaw Sends Yahoo Predator

My daughter has recently taken an interest in sport climbing, and thus so have I. Coincidentally, my friend Preston is also a climber, and he invited us to watch his friend (more)

Phoenix

sunset over Face Canyon, Lake Powell

In June 2020 SierraDescents went dark and so did I. And, in many ways, I'm still coming to terms with that. I'm not the person I was before the pandemic started. I knew, even (more)

Basecamp Sleeping Pad Roundup

Basecamp Pad review roundup

A good basecamp pad is built to prioritize warmth and comfort, with packed size and weight a secondary consideration (if at all). Basecamp pads are great for car camping in (more)

Baxter Treasure Hunt

Baxter Treasure Hunt

What is the quintessential Eastern Sierra adventure? It's probably going to be hard. Harder than expected, for sure—even if you were expecting it to be hard. And it's (more)

California: Not Completely Awful

Point Magu, Southern California

Every now and then I find myself thinking California is not completely terrible, and yesterday, as I was biking the Overlook Trail above Point Mugu, that odd feeling once again (more)

Fitness for Old Guys

Andy Lewicky and the Bright Angel Trail

Here today we have a custom post on demand for SierraDescents lurker Tom, who describes himself as an old guy, and for some strange reason was wondering if I had any fitness tips (more)

Grand Canyon: Hermit & Granite Falls

Grand Canyon: Hermit & Granite Falls

Thanks to the big 2022-2023 winter, the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam has been running around 20,000 cfs this year, making for some very energetic waves in the rapids (more)

Division Creek Road & Armstrong Canyon

Division Creek Road & Armstrong Canyon

The obvious question would be, does this place really exist? A broad and inviting u-shaped valley in the Southern Sierra with walk-up access to snow? In June, no less? The (more)

Whitney Zone: Beware Collapsing Snowpack

Mount Whitney -- North Fork of Lone Pine Creek

Just absolutely treacherous conditions on the lower Mountaineer's Route right snow—beware collapsing snowpack in the north fork drainage below Lower Boy Scout Lake. Our (more)

Wildflowers of the Santa Monicas

Wildflowers and Santa Monica Bay from Topanga State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains

Wildflower-lovers take note: the Santa Monicas are in bloom. I biked Temescal Ridge to the Hub to Trippet Ranch to Parker Mesa to Paseo Miramar to the mighty Pacific today, and I (more)

Williamson Creek

Start of the Williamson/Shepherd Creek Drainage

By reputation the Shepherd/Williamson Creek drainage is impassible—there must be some reason, after all, that they began the Shepherd Pass trail in an entirely different (more)

The 2023 South Sierra Snowpack

Owens Valley, Owens Lake, & the South Sierra from Mount Baxter, California

Beware those tempting faces and gullies, my friends. At nearly 300% of normal, we've got yesterday's snowpack, to be sure, but we've still got today's temperatures. Dave (more)

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