Archive: Hiking

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Lava Viewing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (+GIVEAWAY)

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  59 Comments

Recently, we hiked out to see the “firehose flow” at Kīlauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean lava entry in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This post is about our experience hiking out to the viewing area, along with some photos of the lava entering the ocean. I’ll also provide some lava viewing & photography tips, and recommendations for […]

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Hiking Switzerland: Bachalpsee Lake

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

The hike from First (via Grindelwald) to Bachalpsee Lake in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland is one of the best “value” options for mountain experiences in the Bernese Oberland. It has a mountain lake, glaciers, breathtaking peaks, and even wildflowers. In this post, I’ll share my experience doing this hike, and what led us to […]

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Yoho National Park Trip Report – Part 1

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Everyone knows the best time to begin a trip report is a year and a half after you started writing Part 2 of that report. In the spirit of that, today’s post is Part 1 of my trip to Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Timing-wise, this trip falls shortly after my post about […]

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Photos & Tips

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the top sights in Kyoto, Japan, with its dense pathway of bamboo that stretches as far as the eye can see. The Bamboo Grove is part of Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is located near the outskirts of Kyoto, just below the mountains. If you daydream of bucket-list travel locales, […]

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Winter Hiking Packing List

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  6 Comments

Planning a winter trip to a place with cold weather? Wondering what to pack to stay warm for your hike or photography expedition? This post has you covered! Growing up in the snow belt of Michigan where the “Lake Effect Snow Machine,” as our local weatherman typically called it and attending college just south of […]

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The Incredible Journey to Half Dome’s Diving Board

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  18 Comments

For today’s 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, I wanted to share a hike I made over the weekend to the “Diving Board” in Yosemite National Park, a spot made famous by Ansel Adams’ “Monolith” photo. This location stands a stone’s throw from the face of Half Dome, offering a close-up view of that […]

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Cathedral Lakes Hike Report – Part 2

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  7 Comments

We left off Part 1 of the Cathedral Lakes Hike Report with our heroes faced with a dilemma that could* have a ripple effect that would impact the fate of mankind: scramble up the mountain for a higher sunset vantage, or stay at ground level to run around like chickens with their heads cut off, […]

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