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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Glass Mountain California

Hiking Glass Mountain, California

Glass Mountain is an ancient volcano in far flung Eastern California. Rising  to an altitude of 11,128′ , its jet-black profile hides fields of obsidian and a few hiking trails to boot. My final summit on this three day ramble through the Eastern Sierra was Glass Mountain. This volcanic summit is part of the Long...

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Potato Peak and Bodie Peak, California

Hiking Bodie and Potato Peaks, California

Bodie State Historic Park is a famously picturesque ghost town in a profoundly isolated part of California. Nearby to this park lies two desert peaks which see far less visitors. On my recent ramble through the Eastern Sierras I finally made it to the Bodie Mountains and its most famous town of Bodie State Historic...

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Highland Peak California

Hike/Scramble of Highland Peak, California

Highland Peak is a remote summit located near Ebbetts Pass in the Sierra Nevada was a delightful fall adventure. Its altitude and isolation make it a destination for solitude seekers like myself. Highland Peak of Ebbetts Pass  Fall is my favorite time of year for hiking the Sierra Nevada. With the season come pleasant temperatures,...

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Portola Valley Trails

Bay Area Backyard: Hiking Portola Valley Trails

Tucked away in a remarkably equestrian area of Silicon Valley lies the Coal Mine Ridge of the Portola Valley Trail system. Managed by the town, these trails offer respite for those of us living and hustling up and down the Peninsula. Portola Valley Trails: It’s impossible for me to live in a place like the...

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Therapist IPA

Upcoming 2018 California Craft Beer Festival

In what is sure to become a yearly pilgrimage, my wife can’t wait for our trip to the 2018 California Craft Beer Festival in Sacramento. We went for the first time last year and filled up on legendary favorites from 21st Amendment, Stone, Russian River Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada along with a fair share...

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