Super Sierra High Route

High routes look like a beautiful way to take in epic scenery while avoiding the crowds. The only problem is that it comes with a much higher level of difficulty and challenge than I would probably be inclined to do.

Here is a well documented journey from Dan Stenziao on the Sierra High Route through Yosemite.

Type two fun all the way up and down.

Weekend Watch 11-29-19

Continuing with the JMT trend for the month of November, I bring you this one:

Hiking Nerd – John Muir Trail – A 13 Day Documentary

It’s a high snow year in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Two brothers, Jimmy & Michael, attempt the entire length of the John Muir Trail starting from Whitney Portal and ending in Happy Isles Yosemite Valley. How will they fare?

Weekend Watch 11-22-19

The Golden Ticket: Backpacking the John Muir Trail

From the Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley to the windswept summit of Mt. Whitney is America’s premier middle distance hiking trail. Come along with us as we backpack the 221 mile John Muir Trail, including the most famous hike in Yosemite, the Cables Route on Half Dome. Filmed on location during the summer of 2016.

A Hikers Guide to Reddit

This post is from 11-10-19 for the most recent version, please visit the Resource Page

Reddit has become a great place to communicate in the hiking world. There have been many Subreddits dedicated to hiking and adventure. I hope to keep a running list of the relevant Subreddits here.

Activity Based

Gear Based

National Parks

Specific Trails and Places

Vehicle Based Adventure


Episode 4 – Backpacking Europe Pre-Trip

Episode 4 – Backpacking Europe Pre-Trip

Ryan Newburn, Tyler Lee, and Bryce Stroyek drop by and to talk about their upcoming eighty day backpacking trip across Europe. They range from a very experienced traveler to relatively inexperienced. They discuss their travel plans and what they expect to come across on their epic journey.

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Episode 2 – The Straw Hat Backpacker

Episode 2 – The Straw Hat Backpacker


Ryan Newburn, also known as The Straw Hat Backpacker, became a traveler under very different circumstances than the rest of us. Ryan tells us what led him to backpacking across Japan and eventually through New Zealand. He also discusses his future expeditions, and how he met his expedition partners.



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Trekkers Life is hosted by Brandon Engel

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