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
El Corte de Madera Creek Redwoods

El Corte de Madera Creek: Bay Area Backyard Hikes

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space quickly became one of my favorites here in the Bay Area. This is a large park with near continuous swaths of redwood wilderness which I love to hike and run. Life in the Peninsula is costly but its not without perks! In the past several months, I’ve been...

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Round Lake, Lake Basin

Hiking the Lake Basin Loop, Plumas County, CA

This is an easily completed 5 mile loop hike of an alpine glacial basin in the Northern Sierras. Have you ever been to Plumas County, California? For the 15 years I’ve spent in California, this was my first visit! The Sierras between Lake Tahoe and Mt Lassen seemed mysterious to me. Marked by tiny mining-era...

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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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Introduction to the White Mountains of California

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” ~John Muir The incredibly isolated White Mountains of California The White Mountain Range of California is simply one of the country’s wildest places. The range itself rises over 14,000...

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