Altitude sickness prevention tips

Altitude Sickness – 5 Top Prevention Tips

In: Wilderness Safety
June 7, 2019 by Olya Andronova

What is altitude sickness? What causes altitude sickness? Is it preventable? These are the questions we often don’t think about when we are backpacking, hiking, camping, skiing, or even driving at higher elevations.

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7 Top North Rim Day Hikes

In: Grand Canyon National Park
May 18, 2019 by Olya Andronova

Over five million people see the one mile (1.6km) Grand Canyon each year.  Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village.  Hermits Rest, and Desert View).  A much smaller number of people see the canyon from the North, which lies approximately 10mi (16km) across the canyon from the South Rim. 

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7 Top St. Mary Trails

In: Glacier National Park
May 14, 2019 by Olya Andronova

The St. Mary Valley is the eastern gateway to Glacier National Park.  St. Mary Valley provides some of the most incredible vistas available in the park.  Prairies, mountains, and forests all converge here to create a diverse habitat for plants and animals.

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5 Top Day Hikes in Two Medicine Valley

In: Glacier National Park
May 14, 2019 by Olya Andronova

The Two Medicine Region is a secluded part of Glacier National Park. Hiking in this unspoiled area takes you past waterfalls, cliffs, caves and waterfalls. Contemplate the surreal blue of Cobalt Lake and catch glimpses of lots of Montana wildlife during your hike!

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Rancheria Falls Trail - Yosemite National Park

Top 8 Waterfall Day Hikes In Yosemite

In: Yosemite National Park
April 19, 2019 by Olya Andronova

There are over 2,000 waterfalls to explore in Yosemite! Spring is my favorite season to check them out. In the spring, Yosemite’s waterfalls are truly at their best! Spring provides fair weather, fewer crowds, and for me personally, it is the best time to hit the trails.

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6 Top Day Hikes for Glacier Views

In: Glacier National Park
September 23, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Have you ever felt sweaty, tired, or even knocked down by the wind while hiking to the top of the mountain? Many of the passes I hike in Glacier National Park, I experience just that. Glacier straddles the Continental Divide, allowing for extreme weather. That’s because the opposing Pacific and Arctic airs meet at the Divide, creating a dramatic clash of weather.

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10 Great Waterfall Day Hikes In Glacier

In: Glacier National Park
August 18, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Glacier National Park has close to 200 waterfalls in the park. Each spring when the snow melts in Glacier National Park, tiny trickles of water turn into winding creeks. As the water makes its way to the lakes, it often cascades over ledges, creating beautiful waterfalls.

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4 Top Day Hikes in Logan Pass

In: Glacier National Park
August 5, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Exploring various hikes in Logan Pass is a jaw-dropping experience!  Every mile and every turn I take leaves me speechless and in awe of how beautiful the area is. Logan Pass sits at 6,646 ft (2,026 m) in elevation and it is located along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana.

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Cracker Lake - Glacier National Park

7 Top Day Hikes In Many Glacier

In: Glacier National Park
July 23, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Hiking Many Glacier is a treat!  Trails in Glacier National Park is packed with many great scenic vistas. Trails lead quickly up into the high country, and not much old growth forest obliterates the views.

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Lake Josephine. Glacier National Park

10 Top Lake Hikes In Glacier

In: Glacier National Park
July 17, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Glacier has 762 lakes covering about 43 square miles, and 561 streams, that if stretched end-to-end, would extend from Logan Pass to Houston, Texas. These majestic valley lakes, sublime cirque lakes, streams, and waterfalls are the legacy of ice age glaciation.

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4 Top Bear Protection Tips

In: Wilderness Safety
May 22, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Every time I see a wild bear in the wilderness, it is often the highlight of a trip for me! On many different backpacking n Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Glacier National Parks, Sierra National Forest,  I had the opportunity from a distance to spot them.  The rush of adrenaline always goes up every time I see one. 

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5 Top Day Hikes in Lake McDonald

In: Glacier National Park
May 5, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Ten miles long and nearly 500 feet deep Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, echos the carving of Ice-age glaciers. The main valley glacier thousands of feet thick carved McDonald Valley and Lake. As the glacier receded, the rocks and debris carried in its ice were deposited to form the lateral moraines or ridges east and west of the lake.

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Rattlesnake Encounters – 5 Top Prevention Tips

In: Wilderness Safety
April 6, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Rattlesnakes live in many places and habitats in the Western Hemisphere, from mountains to deserts and plains. Rattlesnakes are highly specialized, venomous reptiles with large bodies and triangle-shaped heads. They are one of the most iconic groups of North American snakes due to the characteristic “rattle” found at the tip of the tail.

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The Mist Trail – 8 Common Hiking Mistakes To Avoid

In: Wilderness Safety, Yosemite National Park
March 20, 2018 by Olya Andronova

The Mist Trail in Yosemite is one of the most iconic, popular hike every visitor desires to hike.  The Mist Trail attracts thousands of visitors every year.   Every year, hikers are eager to hike to the top of Vernal Fall or climb Half Dome.

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PSAR -Yosemite

PSAR – Wilderness Safety Tips

In: Wilderness Safety
March 15, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Each year, millions of people from around the world visit Yosemite National Park. These visitors are captivated by the waterfalls, steep granite cliffs, and rugged mountainous terrain. Tragically, each year lives are lost and between 200 and 250 rescues are performed, often because people did not understand their limitations in Yosemite’s challenging environment.

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5 Top Day Hikes Along Tioga Pass Road

In: Yosemite National Park
September 1, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Tioga Pass (el. 9,943 ft. / 3,031 m.) is a mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. State Route 120 runs through it, and serves as the eastern entry point for Yosemite National Park, at the Tioga Pass Entrance Station. It is the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada.

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7 Top Backcountry Lakes Along The JMT

In: John Muir Trail
August 25, 2017 by Olya Andronova

John Muir Trail offers some of the scenic alpine lakes in the Sierra Nevada.  I have been fortunate to hike the John Muir Trail in the the summer of 2017 and witness the spectacular, wild beauty.  Here are just some of the few stunning lakes to check it out along the John Muir Trail.

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Mather Pass - John Muir Trail

JMT -Frequently Asked Questions

In: John Muir Trail
August 20, 2017 by Olya Andronova

The John Muir Trail is accessible from July through September. It varies from year to year, depending on the previous winter’s snowfall. It’s also a matter of risk tolerance, skill and the specific conditions of that season. Some people hike the JMT with snow on the ground and raging water in the creeks. Some ski in the middle of winter. Those aren’t conditions suitable for most “summer” backpackers.

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John Muir Sign Post

Permits, Maps, Apps and Resupply Information

In: John Muir Trail
August 18, 2017 by Olya Andronova

PERMITS All overnight use of trails that access the John Muir Trail (JMT) requires a permit and are under a quota system to protect the environment and prevent overcrowding. Trail permits go quickly so definitely plan ahead. There are multiple agencies that manage access to the JMT-Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest, Sierra National Forest, …

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200 Miles Journey in the Wild

200 Miles Journey In The Wild

In: John Muir Trail
August 17, 2017 by Olya Andronova

On July 21, 2017, I embarked on a 200-mile journey to hike the John Muir Trail solo in the Sierra Nevada mountains that extends from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney — the tallest peak in the lower 48 states.  It took me 2 days to prepare for my trip and 21 days total to complete my entire journey.

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6 Top Day Hikes To Explore In Tuolumne Meadows

In: Yosemite National Park
July 7, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Tuolumne Meadows is a place I love exploring!  It is a place I patiently wait almost all year long to open.  Tuolumne Meadows for me is a place I love exploring more than any other areas in the park.  It offers great views of Olsmstead Point, Tenaya Lake, Clouds Rest, etc.

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Glacier Point. Yosemite National Park. California

9 Top Day Hikes Along Glacier Point Road

In: Yosemite National Park
June 27, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Glacier Point without a doubt is one of the most popular places to visit in Yosemite. Glacier Point is lauded for one of Yosemite’s absolute grandest views. The point offers a superb view of several of Yosemite National Park’s well-known landmarks including Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Clouds Rest.

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8 Top Day Hikes To Explore In Death Valley

In: Death Valley National Park
May 26, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Death Valley National Park is one of those parks I hesitated to visit for many years. The name Death Valley hardly sounds inviting. Dry hot climate, vast desert, isolated landscapes did not have any appeal to me. I mostly imagined Death Valley to be an arid wasteland, devoid of water and life.

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8 Top Day Hikes In Hetchy Hetchy

In: Yosemite National Park
April 18, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Hetch Hetchy Valley is a place I love to visit all year long. Visiting and exploring Hetch Hetchy is a special experience for me every time.  It gives me the opportunity to explore, learn more about American Indians who have lived for more than 6,000 years, and the detailed history of O’Shaughnessy Dam and Power Project.

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