Hiking with Holly

Little Lakes Valley: Mosquito Flat Trailhead to Gem Lakes – Aug 2018

Our hike starts out from the Mosquito Flats trailhead which is at the end of Rock Creek Road off the 395.  It sits at 10,272 ft of elevation, making it the highest designated trailhead in the Sierra.  It is heavily trafficked with hikers and fisherman on most summer days.  We have decided to do this… Continue reading Little Lakes Valley: Mosquito Flat Trailhead to Gem Lakes – Aug 2018

Hiking with Holly, Off Trail Adventures


I have posted in the past about some of the surgeries and other physical limitations that have caused us some issues when thinking about and executing a backpacking trip. I wish we could say that we went totally ultra-lite (UL).  In the backpacking community, there are people that sacrifice some types of comfort for the… Continue reading Modifications  

Hiking with Holly

Zion Traverse: Day 3

15 Miles It's hard to wake up this morning, especially knowing that I do not get to have my precious cup of coffee.  We have very little water and it needs to stay drinking water until we make it to the next water source.  I take 2 Advil in hopes of keeping my caffeine headache… Continue reading Zion Traverse: Day 3

Hiking with Holly

Zion Traverse: Day 2

14 miles We awake hopeful for a nice, flat day of hiking.  The sun is shining.  We drink our coffee and filter more silty water.  Cordlan eats his breakfast and I carry mine for later.  I still have no appetite as per usual. We are able to get packed up and head out around 8:30am.… Continue reading Zion Traverse: Day 2

Hiking with Holly

Zion Traverse: Day 4

8 Miles It is a bright, cold, and freezing morning.  There is frost all over the ground.  I reluctantly get out of the tent, but I am rewarded with a group of deer sleeping in our site.  They don't seem too alarmed to see me and just walk around doing what deer do.  One tries… Continue reading Zion Traverse: Day 4