PCT: Sierra Nevada

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September 25, 2020 by Olya Andronova

This past summer, I have been fortunate to explore parts of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada.  I did a 150 mile backpacking trip from Yosemite to Echo Lake in Lake Tahoe. While hiking the trail, I often thought of my first JMT thru-hike I did back in 2017 and my memories of hiking the TRT trail back in 2018.  After logging 400 miles of Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada,

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Great Basin National Park

5 Top Reasons To Explore Great Basin National Park

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September 11, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Glacier Basin National Park, is the place I am heading to explore some of the oldest Bristlecone pine trees on earth, see the last and only remaining glacier in Nevada, do some hiking and climb one of the tallest peaks in Nevada. Here are my five reasons to explore Great Basin National Park.

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Top Day Hikes Along Highway 395

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July 2, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Day hikes in my opinion along the Highway 395 are by far are one of the best in the Sierra Nevada! I have logged enough miles in the Sierra to cover some of the amazing trails I possibly can including trails along the Highway 395.  Questions and answers listed below are documented for my own …

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Glacier Point: Top Day Hikes To Explore

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June 25, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Glacier Poi 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.

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Top Day Hikes Along Tioga Pass Road

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June 25, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Day hikes and overnight trips along Tioga Pass are abundant with a scenic reward of its own. Trips available from the stretch of the Tioga Road range from relatively level forested hikes to Yosemite Valley’s north rim to trails plummeting deep into Yosemite’s northernmost canyons.

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Mount Whitney Day Hike via Mount Whitney Trail

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June 21, 2020 by Olya Andronova

Climbing Mt. Whitney is a giant stair-master workout I have ever done in my life!  Despite intense training, I went through, nothing prepared me for what I was facing on the mountain. I personally struggled with altitude sickness,

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Tahoe Rim Trail: 170 Miles Around Lake Tahoe

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August 24, 2019 by Olya Andronova

Battling summer heat, physical exhaustion, mild dehydration, bad blisters, skin rashes on my feet, and wearing the wrong type of shoes are among few things I have endured while hiking the 170 mile Tahoe Rim Trail.

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Day Hikes in Glacier National Park

Hiking 120 Miles Solo in Glacier National Park

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July 23, 2018 by Olya Andronova

In the summer of 2018, I had the opportunity to work in Glacier National Park. While working a full-time job, I also managed to cover 120 miles of trails alone in the grizzly territory. 

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Altitude sickness prevention tips

John Muir Trail: Permits, Maps and Resupply Info

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August 26, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Information about JMT permits, re-supply information, maps, and different apps to use are listed here on this page.  For any additional information, please visit the Yosemite NPS website.

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Muir Pass - John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail Passes: 4 Safety Tips To Keep in Mind

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August 19, 2017 by Olya Andronova

John Muir Trail crosses 6 mountain passes over 11,000 feet from north to south,  Donohue Pass, Muir Pass, Mather Pass, Pinchot Pass, Glen Pass, and Forrester Pass. Each pass on the John Muir Trail

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Muir Pass - John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail: 5 Top Altitude Sickness Prevention Tips

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August 18, 2017 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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John Muir Trail. 200 Miles Journey into the wild

John Muir Trail: 200 Miles Journey In The Wild

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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. It took me 2 days to prepare for my trip and 21 days total to complete my entire journey.

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Stream Crossing On The JMT

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August 12, 2017 by Olya Andronova

Stream crossing is not something I thought much about prior to my 200 miles  JMT trek in the Sierras. I did not take much into consideration water level and neither did I know anything about safely crossing the streams. Mentally, I was not prepared at all to what I actually experienced on the trail.  I …

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6 Top Day Hikes In Tuolumne Meadows

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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 is a place I love exploring more than any other areas in the park.

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Top Day Hikes To Explore in Hetch Hetchy

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June 2, 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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