Sinkyone Wilderness: Elk on Bear Harbor Road

Wild Bill, the Duke and I just spent three days in the King Range, that 4,000 foot mountain range that forms the backdrop to the 28-mile Lost Coast Trail. On Saturday we topped King Peak at 4,200 feet and spent two hours having lunch and enjoying the incredible view. On Sunday, we drove down to Bear Harbor to see Needle Point, and the ocean-side visitor center. There’s a barn nearby that offers backpackers a place to sleep and a picnic bench for breakfast as you look through a window to the Pacific Ocean. Besides the incredible ocean views, a herd of elk appeared and ambled in front of our car.Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

iPod Nano 5th Generation: The Best Backcountry Companion Yet

If you’ve read my posts about technology, you know I love iPods as trail companions. I’ve struggled lately on the trail: do I bring my iPhone (with camera, movies, music, GPS app – 5 ounces) or just go with my Flip Ultra (video camera that easily uploads to YouTube). To complicate matters, the new iPhone 3GS has a video camera as well as still camera and true built-in GPS and more.They are all relatively light when you consider what you get in a single device.But I just bought the new iPod Nano with a bigger screen (2.2 inches), video camera, music, audio books, and movies, as well as a built-in FM-radio for $149. Best of all, it weighs 1.5 ounces, is 1.5 inches wide, 3.75 inches high and 1/4-inches thick. Since it has flash memory, instead of a hard drive, it comes on instantly and the battery lasts up to 8 hours.   The new Nano is a winner.Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.