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
Garrapata State Park

Long Fall Weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea

In a departure from my typical rough-and-tumble trips across the Western Backcountry, my wife and I spent a three day weekend in the bucolic seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Often compared to a real-life fairy-tale town, its tasteful charm was not missed even by this rambler. October is my favorite time of year on the California Coast....

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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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