We’re Boulderin’

Juniper Flats to Boyscout Trailhead via Johnnie Lang Canyon (8 miles, +500/-1,500 feet). Winter backpacking is always tough more for the dark than the cold.  We did everything we could last night to stay up until the stars came out, but even so it’s 12 hours of full darkness in the tent before light breaks….

Don’t Go Climbing Waterfalls

Boy Scout Trailhead to Juniper Flats via Smith Water Canyon (16 miles, +2,000/-1,000 feet). Once more, into the breach!  After a crazy cold trip to Joshua Tree last week I agreed to do it again with MixMaster and Sobo Baggins.  This was Sobo’s first overnight trip, so I thought I would pick an easy route….  But…

Na-Na-Na-Na Bat Cave!

Lower Noble Canyon Trailhead to Pine Creek Crossing (10 miles, +900/-900 feet). On a beautiful Sunday morning I roused Sobo Baggins from his slumber to hit the road before civil twilight.  This was our first hiking adventure together, and the weather was nearly perfect as we sipped our freshly brewed coffee on the road. We…