Mtn. Shasta

Mt. Shasta Climb via Avalanche Gulch

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August 26, 2019 by Olya Andronova

2 days prior to climbing Mt. Shasta, I heard reports that they were two rescues happening on the mountain. Having never climbed Mt. Shasta in my life, nor having any kind of mountaineering skills, I was feeling worried.

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Tahoe Rim Trail

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, and skin rashes on my feet, are among few things I have endured while hiking the 170 mile Tahoe Rim Trail.

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Glacier Point Ski Hut – Yosemite’s Hidden Treasure

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March 30, 2019 by Olya Andronova

Cross-country skiing to Glacier Point Ski Hut is one of the most memorable experiences YOU must do! It is truly one of the best treks worth doing it. It is an experience that personally leaves me speechless. Cross-country skiing trails in Yosemite are truly one of the best in the world. Winter’s outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and famous
Yosemite landmark is unlike anything I have personally seen.

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Snowshoeing on Horizon Ridge Trail

Yosemite Winter Hikes: 6 Top Trails You Must Explore

In: Trail Notes
March 15, 2019 by Olya Andronova

During summer peaks, on average Yosemite National Park gets more than half a million of visitors each year. During winter months, visitation to Yosemite is reduced to 118,000 of visitors.  Visiting Yosemite in winter presents an amazing opportunity to explore and experience the park in a whole new dimension.  Exploring Yosemite in winter is addicting!  …

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Ostrander Ski Hut. Olya On the Trail

Ostrander Ski Hut Trek via Horizon Ridge Trail

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February 15, 2019 by Olya Andronova

One of my many favorite Yosemite’s winter hike is cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to Ostrander Ski Hut. Ostrander Ski Hut was built in 1941, and it is located in the middle of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The hut’s elevation is 8,550ft. and it is about 10 miles (16km) one-way from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area …

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Cassidy Arch

5-Day Trip to Capitol Reef National Park

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November 21, 2018 by Olya Andronova

Did you know, that the Capitol Reef National Park is the least visited park among the five top National Parks in Utah? Capitol Reef National Parks visitation is less than 1 million compare to Zion’s Over 2 million visitors visiting the park each year. With no lodge in the park and limited hotel rooms in …

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon NP: 7 Top North Rim Day Hikes To Explore

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October 28, 2018 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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A Day Hike to Phantom Ranch via South Kaibab Trail

In: Trail Notes
September 15, 2018 by Olya Andronova

A long exhausting day hike to the bottom of Grand Canyon and back to the top of South Rim was no picnic.   I started my hike at 5:00 a.m. in the morning on the South Kaibab Trail and after five hours of hiking,

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Golden Canyon - Death Valley National Park, Ca

Death Valley: 8 Top Day Hikes to Explore

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September 9, 2018 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.  After visiting the …

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