I’M QUINCY KOETZ

An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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 By Quincy Koetz

Where Django Unchained was Filmed; Adventures in Eastern California

The Owens Valley and its towns of Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine and Bishop have been filming locations for many 21st century blockbusters such as Django Unchained, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ironman and Gladiator. A significant number of Spaghetti Westerns were also filmed here. Beyond just movies, the Owens Valley holds a lifetime’s worth o...

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Winter Climbing on Wheeler Peak, Nevada

Guide to climbing Wheeler Peak in Nevada during the winter. An isolated summit in the Great Basin wilderness with a technically easy climb. Its not often that one can claim they are writing anything new on a mountaineering route but it seems that both literary and online information regarding winter climbing on Wheeler Peak are...

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Mt Shasta: Avalanche Gulch Fall Trip Report

Excellent Snowcover on the Avalanche Gulch route for this time of year! “The Heart” is the large rock outcropping to the right of the highest point in this picture In pursuit of more Cascade Mountain glory it was finally time to make my bid on Shasta. Shasta’s been a fickle mountain for me in the...

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Mt Hood Trip Report, Hogsback Route

“Late fall ascent of Mt Hood, climbing and conditions report” Crater Rock, Mt Hood Well, I bagged Mt Hood again! I’m sure there’s some other late season climbers looking to snag Hood before the Winter snows begin. The Cascades have actually had an incredible snow season which has been delightful for climbers and skiers alike...

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