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  • Our Grand Canyon Hike

    South Kaibab Trail Head down to Phantom Ranch and back up to Bright Angel Trail Head [ Pictures ] Distance: 19 Miles Elevation Changes: 7,260 - 2,480 - 6,860 After our hike up to Yosemite's Half Dome in October, my wife and I tackled one more hike for the year in November 2007: a trip to the floor of...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 02-16-2008
  • Our Hike to Half Dome

    Happy Isles Trail Head to Half Dome Summit and Back [ Pictures ] Distance: 16.4 Miles Elevation Changes: 4,035 - 8,836 - 4,035 Half Dome is perhaps Yosemite National Park's most famous landmark. It is a granite dome that rises a shy under 5,000 feet from the valley floor. Half Dome appears as a complete...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-22-2007
  • A Wrapup of Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt

    As I blogged about over several previous blog entires (enumerated below), in August of 2007 my in-laws, a family friend, my wife, and I all tackled the John Muir Trail , a ~220 mile trail stretching from the Happy Isles trail head in Yosemite and to the summit of Mt. Whitney, which, at 14,505 ft., is...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-17-2007
  • Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt (Day 13 and 14)

    Day 12 examined our jaunt from Marie Lake to Muir Trail Ranch. Day 13: Muir Trail Ranch to A Bit Past Hutchinson Meadow [ Pictures ] Distance: 11 Miles Elevation Changes: 8,000 - 11,000 Today was our last day on the official John Muir Trail, a trail we had traveled for over 120 total miles, more than...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-17-2007
  • Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt (Day 12)

    Day 11 examined our travels from Quail Meadow to Marie Lake. Day 12: Marie Lake to Muir Trail Ranch [ Pictures] Distance: 8.8 Miles Elevation Changes: 10,550 - 10,900 - 8,000 Like the Day 10 's hike over Silver Pass and down to Quail Meadow, today's hike started with a short uphill to Seldon Pass, and...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-15-2007
  • Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt (Day 11)

    Day 10 examined our travels from Squaw Lake to Quail Meadow. Day 11: Quail Meadow to Marie Lake [ Pictures ] Distance: 12.5 Miles Elevation Changes: 7,870 - 9,920 - 8,960 - 10,550 Today's hike started with a 2.5 mile, 2,100 foot climb up Bear Ridge. The trail starts with a gradual ascent through some...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-13-2007
  • Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt (Day 10)

    Day 9 examined our trek from the Duck Lake junction to Squaw Lake. Day 10: Squaw Lake to Quail Meadows [ Pictures ] Distance: 8.3 Miles Elevation Changes: 10,200 - 10,895 - 7,870 Today's hike was easier than most, seeing as the sole ascent was a mere 700 feet and would occur first thing in the morning...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-12-2007
  • Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt (Day 9)

    Day 8 looked at our journey from Reds Meadow to the Duck Lake junction. Day 9: Duck Lake Junction to Squaw Lake [ Pictures ] Distance: 9.5 Miles Elevation Changes: 10,480 - 9,080 - 10,200 Day 9 started bright and early and with a steep ascent out of our campsite up to the next ridge. We continued along...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-07-2007
  • Our 2007 John Muir Trail Attempt (Day 8)

    Day 6 and 7 examined our trek from Garnet Lake to Reds Meadow and our stay over there. Day 8: Reds Meadow Resort to Duck Lake Junction [ Pictures ] Distance: 13 Miles Elevation Changes: 7,580 - 10,480 After a calorie-laden day with no backpacking at all, we were well rested and ready for the next leg...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 11-01-2007
  • The 2007 San Diego Wildfires

    The San Diego wildfires have received national media attention as they have burned hundreds of thousands of acres and thousands of structures over the past few days. The fires have primarily impacted the rural and exurban areas with the more densely populated suburban and urban areas left unaffected...
    Posted to Scott on Life (Weblog) by Scott Mitchell on 10-23-2007
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