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Ever since reading a National Geographic article about a tree-climbing scientist and his team measuring and studying giant sequoias, I have wanted to visit Sequoia National Park. I finally had an opportunity to see the majestic trees in person on a recent shoulder season backpacking trip to California. From Los Angeles, the route involved heading North to Sequoia National Park, East to Death Valley National Park, and then South to Joshua Tree… Read More

Kluane National Park was established in 1972 and is characterized by both its vast ice fields and Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. The extensiveness of the mountain ranges in the park seems almost unimaginable, surrounded by stunning broad valleys where you are constantly on the lookout for grizzly bears and Dall sheep. Kluane National Park is bordered on the west by the St.Elias Mountains in Alaska, formed and molded over years of… Read More

The Rockwall is one of the most magnificent backcountry hikes in the Canadian Rockies. The trail is located in Kootenay National Park, B.C., along the corridor of Highway 93 west of Banff. The drive to the hike is in itself spectacular surrounded by mountains on either side of the highway and closely hugging the Vermilion River, which is a tributary of the Kootenay river. The rivers are what you would expect of… Read More