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 Charleston Wilderness Winter

Winter Climbing at Mt Charleston and Lee Peak, Nevada

I’m on another great road trip of the American Southwest! This is perhaps my 6th or 7th 1000+ mile road trip into a region that continuously inspires me. My first stop on this trip was the Spring Mountains which abut Las Vegas but are a world away. I attempted to climb Mt Charleston, the nearly...

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Hikes near San Carlos: Pulgas Ridge Open Space

Pulgas Ridge Open Space is a mid-sized park in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Authority. Abundant landscape diversity and magnificent views make this an easy hiking destination for those of us in San Carlos and Silicon Valley. I’ve been in the Bay Area for roughly a year and a half now and never tire from...

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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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