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

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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Exploring the Lava Beds of Northern California

“Volcano: a mountain with hiccups” A less explored part of Northern California Ask most people where you would find volcanoes and they would probably think of Hawaii or maybe even Washington. What surprises many people is that a large amount of recent volcanic activity has actually happened in Northern California. In fact, Northern Cali...

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