Desolation Wilderness: Pyramid Peak via Rocky Canyon

Hike: Pyramid Peak via Rocky Canyon
Where: Desolation Wilderness
Trailhead: US 50 after Twin Bridges, but before Strawberry. Look for a mile marker that says 50 and a giant tombstone looking thing that says 43. The trail is directly across HW50 from this point.
Level: Strenuous
Duration: Too long
Length: 6.6 miles out and back
Fitbit Steps: Approximately 29,000
Gear: CamelBak Women’s Aventura 100oz Hydration Pack, UNIQLO Heat-Tech leggings, REI Sahara Convertible Pants – Girls’, Icebreaker Women’s Oasis Crewe, Sierra Designs Women’s Tov Down Jacket, Outdoor Research Women’s Valhalla Hoody (review here), Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot, Outdoor Research Women’s Longhouse Glove, Black Diamond Ultra Distance Trekking Poles (100cm)
Cost of Parking: Free along the side of HW50.

Pyramid Peak via Rocky Canyon… oh boy. This one is a tough one with approximately 4,083′ of elevation gain. The boyfriend and I huffed and puffed  our way up and down this one. The altitude, elevation change, and a wicked hangover (Just me. Whoops. Not a good idea to go peak bagging after a party bus team event.) were not my friends.

This hike was done mid-November with some snow on the trail, a little bit more snow on the peak, and freezing cold winds on the peak. This hike gives you a little bit of everything: little creek crossings, redwood forest, scrambling up talus. Unfortunately, can’t comment much on the view from the top. The day started off with a cloudless sky, but a giant cloud quickly descended upon us. It looks like it was gorgeous, what bit we could see, but with an 80% chance of snow, so we scrambled down pretty quickly.

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Triple Aught Design Ares Half-Zip

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I picked up one of the last Triple Aught Design Ares Half-Zips left in existence at the Dogpatch Warehouse Sale last weekend. For 2014, they are taking the Ares and combining it with the Merino Half-Zip and making it 10 times better.

The Ares is a 270-weight half-zip made out of 100% merino wool making it a great midlayer for winter or an outer layer on a cool spring or summer day. It comes with two shoulder zip pockets, and thumb holes.

I haven’t had it for very long, but I’m pretty in love with it already. Took it for a lovely jaunt in the San Jose hills (Almaden Quicksilver County Park, to be exact) on a brisk fall day and it kept me toasty. This doesn’t fare too well with wind, but toss on a shell and you are golden. It’s also a  great layer for climbing. It fits well under a harness and keeps you warm while you’re on the wall and making moves.

Pictured above is the Ares in a men’s XS. On me, it’s fairly roomier fit but it still gets the job done. I suspect the boyfriend might be stealing this from my closet in the future (for once).

This is no longer on the Triple Aught Design website, but you might be able to find it on eBay.

A Quick Look: Huckberry Holiday Home

Bay Area folks are in for a little treat this holiday season! Retailer Huckberry is renting a house to display all of its highly curated manly wares for guests to play with and purchase. Everything in the house is available, from the furniture, to the clothing, to the 1965 Porsche 365 C. The Porsche will set you back approximately $70,000 though.

Guests walk around dim-sum style writing down which items they want and how many they’d like, and voila! The items are procured from the back and into your hands. Featured brands are Poler, Taylor Stitch, Aether, Triple Aught Design, Tellason and more.

My favorite items are the Columbiaknit confetti beanie ($22), Triple Aught Design merino wool scarf ($60) and GORUCK GR1 ($295).

If you haven’t gotten the chance to check any of these brands out, it’s worth venturing out to the Mission to check out. The Huckberry Holiday Home is located at 3180 17th St, between Van Ness and Shotwell, next door to Mission Bowling Club and Shell. Their doors are open from 11am to 5pm until Monday, December 16.

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Sneak Peek: Triple Aught Design Dogpatch Warehouse

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen my obsessive Instagramming of my Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie!

Last night, I had the chance to check out TAD’s renovated Dogpatch location and meet the team, and boy, it was fantastic. Here’s a sneak peek of what it all looks like before their grand re-opening on Saturday!

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The new space is spacious! There’s a dedicated corner for all the women’s apparel which is super awesome. It’s small, but it’s there! The full line of accessories and men’s apparel is also carried at the store. And the coolest part, there’s an enormous space for collaborative and community-based activities like movie nights, classes, trip planning, etc.

I got a sneak peek at some goodies for Saturday’s big Warehouse Sale which includes some very old items, and some never-seen-before items.

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Their grand re-opening is on Saturday at 9AM in conjunction with Dogpatch Warehouse Sale. 22nd Street between 3rd and Indiana Street. It’s gonna be packed, so come early if you want to snag some discounted or one-of-a-kind TAD goodies! For more information on the Dogpatch Warehouse Sale and the vendors, check out the website here: http://dogpatchwarehousesale.com

And oh! As a super awesome visitor, check out these new fabric swatches for Spring 2014!

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