Thursday, December 5, 2013
When I go on my adventures, they are not haphazard (although it may read that way) but instead are planned out in advance from doing research, reading trip reports, etc. I usually go by myself or with a friend that I can rope into going with me.
However, it is clear that not everyone is like me. Some people want someone in charge, "show me the sights" and who can blame them? Sometimes I just want someone to point the way for me.
Zerve is a website that acts as a repository for guided trips throughout the US that you can access and see what trip is right for you. There is a fee to be paid for sure but if you wanted someone to show the best of Joshua Tree or to plan a tour of the Catalina outback (with picnic of course, what are we, uncivilized?) then this site gives you options. Here are some other adventures you can do in California:
This services may not be a cup of tea for everyone but I appreciate the fact that they try to bring all the guided adventure services out there into one website. The downside of researching like I do is that you are not sure if you have hit everything, are you missing something. Zerve helps narrow that gap and puts you in touch with some companies that will help you get out there and enjoy life.
That ain't so shabby is it?
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 10:31 AM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
From all of "us" here at EastWestHike, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Turkey Day. After you are done eating, get on the trail and hike. Or hike on the trail while eating. Or eat and read some hikes here on EWH!
Either way, I hope you have a great holiday and get outdoors!
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 7:30 AM
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
No, that isn't Oat Mountain. It was waaaay too overcast for a picture of the summit. But summit I did, after logistical mistakes made my last attempt an attempt only. You can read about the carnage here.
On a recent weekend I went back to the Simi Valley mountains, an oft neglected hiking area in LA to get my hike on. I think a lot of people might look down on a hike that is fully paved like the hike to Oat Mountain
but that looks pretty nice right?
What this hike might lack in unpaved trails, it makes up for it in elevation gain. This sucker is tough 1,800 feet in 3.5 miles, its no joke. And it was no joke for me either, I was definitely struggling on this hike no question about it. I haven't been hiking as much this second half of a year and my hiking prowess has become a bit more inconsistent. This hike was on the lower end of the ledger but I made it to the top.
Part of what spurred me on was the great weather. It was in the low 60s, cloudy and it made the landscape feel like the Scottish Highlands
I finally got to the summit and here was the "view".
Still, the fog made for some great sights, including a ghost drill.
I finally conquered Oat Mountain and while the views at the top weren't great, I am continually amazed at this area. I imagine during the Summer time its not the most pleasant but if you are in LA and it is the Winter time, definitely check this area out.
Plus, my first panorama!
Posted by Peter Flanigan at 9:31 AM