Just a Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Climbing at Echo Cliffs, Santa Monica Mountains, CA

On Friday, we all packed ourselves into one car and made our way towards the Santa Monica Mountains. Our destination: Echo Cliffs. To get to Echo Cliffs, you park at the Backbone Trailhead. The address is:

Backbone Trail
Malibu, CA 90265
Coordinates: 34.114173, -118.918171

Mountain Project Link: Echo Cliffs

Park at any of the two gravel parking lots and begin on the trail head. For about 2 miles, hike on the Backbone Trail until you can see Echo Cliffs. Then, you take the river shortcut down to the base of the cliffs. I can't really describe the river shortcut, and you may need someone whose been there to point it out, but you can try to get an idea from my pictures.



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Climbing at Mystery Science Theater, Conejo Mountains, CA

We got to Thousand Oaks, CA a bit early and our AirBnB was still not ready, so we decided to look for some climbing nearby. We chose Conejo Mountain.

Conejo Mountain is tucked behind some residential homes and the 101 highway. Instructions on how to get Mystery Science Theater is a bit unclear. There seems to be certain areas that are off-limit to the public.

For information on the routes available or problems, consult Mountain Project.

How we got to this climb, and it seems to coincide with the vague details on Mountain Project, was we parked at:

3860 Calle Alta Vista
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Coordinates: 34.187691, -118.958246


There should be a public sign. Walk past the sign and make a right and follow the path until you reach Mystery Science Theater. The walk should take you 15-20 minutes.




With the time that we had, we played around on: Comet X (5.9)The Beginning of the End (5.10 c/d), and Pamela (5.6).




In all, Mystery Science Theater seems like a convenient place for beginners to experience both rope climbs and bouldering. Although the proximity of the cacti to the boulders makes me nervous. Don't fall. Don't fall. Don't fall.
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Hiking Point Mugu State Park, California (Day 2)



Trail Description

Length: 24-27 miles round trip
Trailhead Elevation:  800 ft.
End Elevation: ~ 2800 ft.
Difficulty Assessment: Difficult
Trail Type: Out and Back

The Hike

The following morning, we took our time getting ready. By the time we had finished our breakfast, prepped our snacks, packed our lunches, and cleaned ourselves, it was close to 9am. With everything stuffed in our daypacks, we headed out.

 


From the La Jolla Campgrounds to Tri Peak, the hike was 9-10 miles one-way, with an elevation change of 2000 ft. I felt overall, the hike was pretty forgiving. The most difficult part is the distance and the incline is mostly gradual.




Once you get to the top however, the views are worth it. So take the time to enjoy a nice meal and reflect on what you've just accomplished.

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Hiking Point Mugu State Park, California (Day 1)


On Wednesday, I drove from Phoenix, Arizona and met up with my friends Spencer, Theo, and Darren at Point Mugu State Park. The plan for the next three days: hiking in, camp, hike out.

Official State Park Site: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630

Trail Description

Length: 24 miles round trip
Trailhead Elevation:  800 ft.
End Elevation: ~ 2800 ft.
Difficulty Assessment: Difficult
Trail Type: Out and Back

The Hike

Upon arrival, we discovered that the trail to the campsite (La Jolla Canyon Trail) was washed out. For how long? Who knows. But we were using an older trail book so that could explain the discrepancy. The trail seemed to have been closed for 2 years already. So what originally was a 2 mile hike to the campground, became a 4-5 mile hike.


Instead of the La Jolla Canyon Trail, we were forced to take the Backbone Trail --> Overlook Trail --> Loop Trail.





By the time we reached the campsite, the sun was already gone. We set up camp, made our dinners, hung out a bit playing cards, and then called it a night.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Video: Silver Falls State Park, Ten Falls, Oregon

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking the Ten Falls trail in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-silver-falls-state.html


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Video: Lower Oneonta Falls, Oregon

Here's a short video of me and Ben walking through the Oneonta River Gorge in Oregon.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-hiking-lower.html


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Why I Climb: An Attempt to Explain My Love for Climbing


When I take the time to think about why I love climbing so much, I feel three reasons stand out above the rest. Those reasons are: my love for the outdoors, competition, and community.

Climbing reinforces my love for the outdoors because aside from the gym, climbing typically takes you outdoors into the desert, the forest, on a beach, or into the mountains. I love the moments when I'm on the wall and I take a look around and see all the green trees below me and the red mountains around me. I love the moments when I'm on the ground belaying someone and I hear the tranquil sound of a river nearby or the birds chirping. And I love the moments when the group is resting between climbs and we just sit there in awe of nature's majesty.

Then there's the moments of competition. To a small degree, climbing is about competing with your friends to see who can accomplish a difficult route first. But to a larger degree, its about the competition between yourself and the wall. It's about the decision that you have to make when you get to that point in your climb where you know you are physically able to accomplish a hold, but mentally, you feel the stakes are too high. The choice on whether or not to allow your fears to win. If at this moment, you find yourself pushing forward, it means you beat the wall. Even if you fall immediately after, you still beat the wall because you overcame your fear. However, if instead, you fail to even attempt the next hold or find yourself making half-hearted attempts, it means you allowed the wall to beat you. There is no ambiguity on who failed who. And it's this stark honesty in climbing that I enjoy, because it motivates me to become better and drives me to return to the wall.

Lastly, the community. I love the people I meet in the climbing community; people who enjoy exploring the wilderness around them, being physically active and healthy, considerate of the environment, and being open to new experiences. These are the individuals that I find myself attracted to and these are the individuals I find myself most interested in hanging out with.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Video: Crater Lake National State Park, Oregon

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking the Garfield trail in Crater Lake National State Park, Oregon.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-crater-lake.html


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Video: Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking Multnomah Falls in Oregon.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-multnomah-falls.html



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Sunday, January 15, 2017

What it's like to be a pro climber?



What it's like to be a pro climber? A career in climbing.

This morning I stumbled across an interesting podcast episode. The name of the podcast was Dirtbag Diaries and the episode revolved around climbing as a career. Hosted by Fitz Cahall, it's a neat little look into the realities of climbing as a career and a reminder that for every climbing celebrity you see in the media, living the life, there are hundreds of others who aren't. More importantly, the episode talks about how when you make your passion your job, you run the risk of falling out of love with it. Check out the episode by DBD to hear Zack Giffin and Timmy O’Neill share their stories.

MP3 link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/thedirtbag/Making_It.mp3

Dirtbag Diaries Episode Landing Page: http://dirtbagdiaries.com/making/

Dirtbag Diaries site link: http://dirtbagdiaries.com/
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Video: Sea to Summit Hike, Squamish, Canada

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking the Sea to Summit trail in Squamish, Canada.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-sea-to-summit-trail.html


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Video: Hiking Shannon Falls, Squamish, Canada

Here's a video of me and Ben at Shannon Falls in Squamish, Canada.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-shannon-falls.html


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Video: Pike Market Place, Seattle, Washington

Here's a short video of me and my friend Ben in Seattle. In it, we briefly meet up with my friend Kayvan, visit Pike's Market Place, and end by entering Canada.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-seattle-and.html

2) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-pike-place-market.html




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Video: Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Vancouver, Canada

Here's a video of me and Ben at Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada. It's a great place to visit if you're interested in suspension bridges but don't want to pay at the more popular site, Capiliano.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-lynn-canyon-british.html


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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Video: Hiking Marymere Falls, Washington

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking Marymere Falls. A very simple, short, hike to a waterfall. Worth a visit if passing through on West Washington.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here: http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/08/west-coast-roadtrip-marymere-falls-lake.html


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Video: Enchanted Valley Hike, Olympic National Park Part 2

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking the Enchanted Valley Hike in Olympic National Park. The was a bit of a washout that resulted in us having to hike an additional 2 miles, but otherwise, an enjoyable trip.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_10.html
2) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_17.html
3) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_51.html
4) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_26.html
5) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley.html


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Video: Enchanted Valley Hike, Olympic National Park Part 1

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking the Enchanted Valley Hike in Olympic National Park. The was a bit of a washout that resulted in us having to hike an additional 2 miles, but otherwise, an enjoyable trip.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here:

1) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_10.html
2) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_17.html
3) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_51.html
4) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley_26.html
5) http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-enchanted-valley.html


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Video: Hiking Oswald West State Park, Washington

Here's a video of me and Ben hiking the Falcon Trail, Oswald West State Park. We went on this hike mere moments after we completed the Cascade Head, Nature Conservancy Trail. The weather was against us that day. Very windy, very rainy. We were drenched by the end of the hike.

To read more about this video, check the accompanying blog post here: http://hikerrific.blogspot.com/2016/07/west-coast-roadtrip-oswald-west-state.html



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