Ultralight Backpacking Camp Coffee

Backpacker Magazine emailed me a link this morning to its review of a “field tested”  backpacking coffee. It’s instant! Ugggh! My choice is fresh ground Peet’s French Roast or Thanksgiving’s Mirembe Kawomera (Delicious Peace) coffee in a one-cup filter (lightweight and as good tasting as home). To read Backpacker’s review of the instant they are raving about, follow this link.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

Fern Canyons and Pygmy Forests

The Mendocino Coast of Northern California has some of the rarest hikes anywhere. At Jug Handle State Reserve, a California State Parks property, you can walk about 2.5 miles from the ocean, through giant redwoods to a pygmy forest, one of only three (from what I understand) in the U.S. The out and back is a mere 1.5-hour hike that is amazing in that it takes you through about 300,000 years of geological history in such a short distance. Bishop pines that grow over a 100-feet tall in normal soil, only grow about 5 feet in this thin, highly acidic soil of the pygmy forest. One of nature’s wonders.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

Tom Stienstra and 11.7 Miles of Heaven

Award-winning outdoor writer Tom Stienstra, author of California Camping and California Hiking by Moon Press, knows the best places for ultralight backpacking. He described my favorite spot in a column published in the San Francisco Chronicle today: a loop in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, from Agnew Meadow to Shadow Lake to Garnet Lake. I agree with Tom that with kids back in school and most PCT and JMT hikers already passed, now is time to go. Few bugs. Nice days. Cool nights. Check out the Mule House Cafe at Red’s Meadow on  your way in or out.