#ClimbforChange: 2 Peaks, 2 Beards, 2 Days

Climb for Change: 2 Peaks, 2 Beards, 2 Days

My friend, Landon, and his cousin are partnered with Peak 7 Adventures to help fundraise for the adventure non-profit.

Peak 7 is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for under-served youth in the Pacific Northwest to participate in outdoor adventure programs such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing and alpine climbing. Peak 7 targets youth who are underprivileged or have been labeled “at-risk”. Peak 7 takes youth on whitewater rafting and kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking trips to challenge them spiritually, mentally and physically, encouraging them to evaluate what they put their faith in. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities have an immeasurable impact on the participants and promote all-around healthier lifestyles.

Climb for Change: 2 Peaks, 2 Beards, 2 Days

Cue Climb for Change: 2 Peaks, 2 Beards, 2 Days. The challenge? Summit Mt. Lassen and Brokeoff Mountain in two days at the end of February, covering a bit over 30 miles of snow travel. Landon needs your help to meet his fundraising goal of $3,250 so that Climb for Change can be effective in changing the lives of struggling and at-risk teens.

Climb for Change: 2 Peaks, 2 Beards, 2 Days

The campaign goal is to help Peak 7 reach those teens and promote a positive change in their lives. Any help provided will go directly towards this goal of making a positive change in a little human’s life no matter how big or small the donation. Please visit the donations page here where contributions can be processed using any major debit or credit card.

For more information on Landon and Climb for Change, please feel free to visit his blog here.

Greetings from Strangers

Greetings from Strangers

Wes Walker and his wife love traveling, especially through US National Parks. With no trips planned in the future, Wes decided to surprise his wife with the best birthday gift ever: postcards from people traveling all over the world!

He’s armed with a PO Box. And now he needs your help to fill it. Here’s how!

Pick a postcard from a national park, or maybe even a state park. Write a message on it.

Address it to Ruth, PO Box 585, Katoomba, NSW, Australia 2780. Go to the post office, get some international postage (about $1.50) and send it off.

Greetings from Strangers

Don’t want to bother with international shipping? That’s okay. Stick that postcard in an envelope, address the envelope to me at 420 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 95014. I’ll be collecting all of these and sending them to Wes in one fell swoop. Please make sure postcards are in my hands by March 31, 2014.

Greetings from Strangers

After the postcard is sent, tell a friend. Heck, tell a stranger. Tell someone to continue the chain and help make Ruth’s birthday a fantastic one!

Check out Wes’ blog here as he chronicles his previous adventures with his wife.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: Tin House from HQ

Hike: Tin House from Park HQ
Where: Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park (park map here)
Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Length: 8~ miles
Gear: REI Sahara Convertible Pants – Women’s Petite, Arc’teryx Delta LT, Icebreaker Bodyfit Oasis Crew, Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles
Cost of Parking: $10 in park, or free on the side of HW1

I’ve been meaning to do this hike for a while, but never manage to make it out to Big Sur. The one time I did this past summer, I accidentally went to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (I mean, come on, the names are so identical) and ended climbing up the Big Sur River instead. Made it down to the right park this past Christmas, but then drove past the trailhead.

But that’s okay! Because it made this hike even better. I parked at the big turnout down the road from McWay Falls about 500 feet and walked up Highway 1 into park headquarters. For Christmas Day, it was pretty packed full of people already leaving. (It was 10am when I got there.)

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Mokelumne Wilderness: Winnemucca Lake

Hike: Winnemucca Lake and back
Where: Mokelumne Wilderness
Trailhead: Carson Pass trailhead off of Highway 88. Look for the bathroom!
Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours and 58 minutes roundtrip
Gear: CamelBak Aventura pack, UNIQLO Heat-Tech tights, REI Sahara Convertible Pants, Icebreaker Oasis Crew, Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie, Ahnu Montara Waterproof Boot, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles, MSR Denali snowshoes, Black Diamond FrontPoint gaiters
Cost of Parking: $5 for a SNOPARK day permit ($25 for the season)

Mokelumne Wilderness is a pretty sweet gem off of Highway 88 near Kirkwood. Compared to its neighbor, Desolation Wilderness, it’s relatively unknown; I’ve rarely seen more than 10 other people on the trail.

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