Crystal Cove

Hiking with work peeps, last hike before I leave!

Some crazy person is running up the hill in this shot.


Thursday, March 10th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

I Have Seen The Light

One problem with my gear is that I have a satellite messenger and GPS that use AA batteries and a headlamp that uses AAAs. REI doesn’t carry any lightweight headlamps that use AAs, so I’ve been stuck carrying two kinds of spare batteries. Life is horrible!

Yesterday’s breakthrough was searching Amazon instead. (I don’t HAVE to buy everything from REI? Really?!) I found a nice highly reviewed, waterproof, lightweight headlamp that runs off a single AA. Goodbye stupid little batteries!

It’s “a Fenix blah blah something mumble headlamp“, if you really needed to know exactly how I will be lighting things.

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Aliso Woods

Hiked 11 miles in Aliso and Wood Canyon park today. The GPS app on my phone says it was over 2000 feet of elevation too, but I don’t believe it. It also drained my battery down to 25%, clearly I need a dedicated GPS if I decide I actually care about mapping whole trips as opposed to select points.


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Sunday, August 1st, 2010 Hiking 6 Comments

Holy Jim Trail

Today I hiked the Holy Jim trail.  Or part of it anyway.  This is the most popular way to reach the top of Saddleback mountain (or more correctly, Santiago Peak).  I wasn’t expecting to make it to the peak, and so of course I didn’t.  Next time!  I did hike somewhere around 9 or 10 miles, round trip.

Santiago Peak

You can see one of the radio towers on top of the peak in this picture (click to embiggen), which is from right about where I turned around.  I’d done 2000 feet of elevation gain at this point, and the peak would’ve been another 1000 and several more miles.

Holy Jim Falls

The highlight of the hike was Holy Jim falls.  Who knew there was an actual waterfall in Orange County?  And it even flows in the middle of summer! At least this year when there was lots of rain.

This was my favorite sight of the whole trip though, from the drive out to the trail on a very, very bumpy road.  The mist rolling over the valley and the sun just starting to peak through was spectacular.  I had to stop and get out to take pictures.  I don’t think they turned out very well though.  This is the best of the bunch, it’s the only one where you can really see all the hills going back.


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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 Hiking 1 Comment

Bridge to Nowhere

I hiked out to this place last weekend.  About 10 miles round trip, maybe 11, I had to backtrack a couple of times.  This bridge was built in the 30s as part of a road that was going to cut through Angeles National Forest.  A flood washed the road out before it was completed, and the project was abandoned, but the bridge still stands, reachable only on foot.  Today the bridge itself is owned by a bungie jumping company, who lead trips to it on weekends.  You can see someone dangling down there; watching people jump off this bridge was lots of fun.

I’m also using this post to test geotagging features on the site.  There should be an embedded Google Map below with the bridge’s location, and the new Map page for the site should show markers for all geo-tagged posts, including this one and a few random others I went and tagged.


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Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 Hiking No Comments

Today’s hike

Did this today:
03/13/2010 Route

The hardest (though not tallest) hill, had already walked down it, this picture was on the way back. The trail on the left and all along the ridge in the background to the hill at the right.


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Saturday, March 13th, 2010 Hiking No Comments