mt. san jacinto, ca

Originally posted May 30, 2013 – edited My friend, TJ, the hiking program director at the Biggest Loser Resort Fitness Ridge, posted some pictures on Facebook, sharing details of some cool and challenging hikes she had recently completed. I was planning a mini vacation, and looking for some challenge myself. Fueled by TJ’s recent adventures, I focused my online research…

antelope canyon, az

Moments after Mr. Enthusiasm joined me in the parking lot at the Bright Angel Lodge, we departed for Lake Powell. I was hungry and cranky after my 19 mile trek from the South Rim down to the Colorado River and back, but he suggested we just suck it up and push on so we could…

bright angel trail: grand canyon rim to river

Last week I promised a video blog post. I suspected that I wouldn’t be able to capture the essence of the hike, neither the physical challenge, nor the mental one,  through written word alone. Like childbirth, our brains banish out the worst bits. We forget. It’s the only reason we willingly choose to do it again, right? If we fully…

turtlehead peak: red rock canyon / round 2

Long-time readers may recall the first – and only other – time I hiked Turtlehead Peak back in March 2013. This hike is generally thought of as the most difficult at Red Rock Canyon due to both the terrain and the elevation gain. I vaguely remembered how challenging the hike was, but couldn’t really recall the…

calico tanks: red rock canyon

The moment I realized I would actually meet my goal of 365 days of sweat in 2013, I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate. I would return to Calico Tanks, at Red Rock Canyon, on the first day of 2014. This is the place where I kicked off My Year of Sweat on Jan 1, 2013. I couldn’t have written a…

trail canyon: mt. charleston

Pleasurable, torturous…toh-may-toh, toh-mah-toh… Brian Beffort, the author of the hiking guide-book I use, Afoot and Afield: Las Vegas and Southern Nevada: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide, described the Trail Canyon hike as follows: “Trail Canyon is a pleasurable hike onto the slopes below Mummy Mountain…” Brian is a big fat liar. Period. Full stop. I should…