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eBike Zion

eBike Zion

fiftyclassicsJanuary 13, 20211 min read

Forget the crowded shuttle busses, eBike into the park eBiking is such a great way to get around in many national parks that there are now rental shops in most…

Scramble and Climb Lady Mountain, Zion

Scramble and Climb Lady Mountain, Zion

fiftyclassicsJanuary 12, 20212 min read

A massively exposed and technical rock climb up Lady Mountain in Zion, Angel’s Landing on Steroids This really isn’t a family adventure since the risk of fall is very real.…

Sea Kayaking Columbia Glacier, Alaska

Sea Kayaking Columbia Glacier, Alaska

fiftyclassicsJanuary 10, 20212 min read

A boat excursion from Valdez drops you for the day at the massive Columbia Glacier I did this trip on a solo flying journey I did up to Alaska and…

Backpacking Harris Wash

Backpacking Harris Wash

fiftyclassicsJanuary 4, 20211 min read

A canyon backpack with fun water-hiking, lush alcoves and interesting side canyons. Most people (I kinda do) think of backpacking in alpine forests and lakes surrounded by granite so it…

Ski / Hike Tahoe’s Mt. Tallac

Ski / Hike Tahoe’s Mt. Tallac

fiftyclassicsDecember 28, 20201 min read

The Grand Daddy of Lake Tahoe’s mountains, a winter ski or summer hike NeyJ on top of Tallac This is THE mountain in Lake Tahoe for hiking and backcountry skiing…

Climb or Hike North Dome, Yosemite

Climb or Hike North Dome, Yosemite

fiftyclassicsDecember 28, 20201 min read

An uncommon view of Yosemite from an uncrowded viewpoint – and also a classic climb This is an interesting hike because you start from Tuolumne Meadows (Tenaya Lake) and head…

eBike Lodge Trip, The Tetons

eBike Lodge Trip, The Tetons

fiftyclassicsDecember 27, 20202 min read

Ebike on THE most scenic bike trail to Jenney Lake, recharge your bikes and yourselves, then ride back to Jackson the next day A smoky Grand Teton scene The bike…

Under-the-Radar Zion Hike: Eagle Crags

Under-the-Radar Zion Hike: Eagle Crags

fiftyclassicsDecember 20, 20202 min read

In the time of COVID or just to get away from the Zion crowds, this trail is typically uncrowded and beautiful Zion National Park as you’ve rarely seen it.⁠ This…

Best Ski Tour in Tahoe: Desolation Traverse

Best Ski Tour in Tahoe: Desolation Traverse

fiftyclassicsDecember 18, 20202 min read

It is hard, you need a shuttle and the most fun downhill ski is avalanche prone, but it is so good. wow This is a great one, if you can…

Mule Drop-camping: Sequoia National Park

Mule Drop-camping: Sequoia National Park

fiftyclassicsDecember 18, 20203 min read

Mule drop-camping is a fantastic way to have bacon, eggs and pancakes on a full out backcountry trip. Mule Train Mule drop-camping is where a packer (on a horse) comes…

Hike/Scramble to the Top of Tuolumne Meadows’ Lembert Dome

Hike/Scramble to the Top of Tuolumne Meadows’ Lembert Dome

fiftyclassicsDecember 16, 20202 min read

Scramble up onto some of the world famous Yosemite granite, with great views of Tuolumne Meadows Lembert Dome is a scramble, no doubt, but it is a safe scramble. In…

4×4 & Hike near Silver Lake, CA

4×4 & Hike near Silver Lake, CA

fiftyclassicsDecember 14, 20202 min read

This adventure starts on the Mud Lake 4×4 trail, but you unmount at the Munson Meadows trailhead for a hike to Cole Creek Lakes. This is very under-the-radar hike since…

Whitewater on the Rogue River, OR

Whitewater on the Rogue River, OR

fiftyclassicsDecember 11, 20202 min read

One of the best family rivers in the US, this multiday trip creates some unforgettable memories Multi-day whitewater river trips are among the best family adventures, in my opinion. They…

Easy Scramble Up Sunset Rock, Grand Canyon

Easy Scramble Up Sunset Rock, Grand Canyon

fiftyclassicsDecember 11, 20202 min read

Best time to scramble up this dome of broken rock near Lee’s Ferry in Marble Canyon? Sunset! This is a quick and easy scramble up a loose rock pile called…

Scrambling the Lofty South Sister Peak, Oregon

Scrambling the Lofty South Sister Peak, Oregon

fiftyclassicsDecember 10, 20202 min read

Scrambling up the steep and occasionally loose but spectacular South Sister Peak in Central Oregon The best thing about South Sister (perhaps most mountains) is the top. I love the…

Biking the Hoodoos of Thunder Mountain, UT

Biking the Hoodoos of Thunder Mountain, UT

fiftyclassicsDecember 9, 20201 min read

It’s like mountain biking through Bryce Canyon National Park, if that were allowed Not actually in the national park (biking off the paved trails there is not legal), this ride…

Half Dome Cable Route

Half Dome Cable Route

fiftyclassicsDecember 9, 20202 min read

Iconic, stunning and a little scary This and Angel’s Landing in Zion are the very best day hikes. Ever. Anywhere. Adventurous, fun, hard, thrilling and a little scary. You definitely…

Kayaking Glacier Bay Alaska

Kayaking Glacier Bay Alaska

fiftyclassicsDecember 8, 20202 min read

An epic family adventure in the wilds of Alaska This was one of the most memorable family trips we’ve had. Glaciers, bears, bald eagles. We had it all. It isn’t…

Zebra Slot Canyon

Zebra Slot Canyon

fiftyclassicsDecember 8, 20202 min read

One of the prettiest slot canyons in world, and also very accessible I love Zebra canyon, and I am especially enamored with the mystical and spherical “Moki balls” that are…

Easy Rock Climbing, Smith Rock

Easy Rock Climbing, Smith Rock

fiftyclassicsDecember 8, 20202 min read

Family friendly easy top rope climbing at the famous Smith Rock, Oregon It isn’t always easy to find a good family-friendly top roping area that has safe access to the…

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