Backpacking Guides and Trips

Jennie Lakes Wilderness
by oruwu on Sep 13, 2014
California, United States
Backpacking | 18.1 miles
Weekend trip to the Sierra, and a tiny little wilderness area called Jennie Lakes. We went to Weaver and Jennie Lake, starting late at night on Friday after driving up from LA. Got to the first lake very late in the night, and awoke to a still lake, did some fly fishing, and wandered to the next lake, where we had another still clear night with millions of stars above us. No...
Debris Dam and Rocks Photo
Debris Dam Photo
Trail in Los Padres Photo
Dusk in the Desert Photo
Los Padres Solo One-Nighter
by oruwu on Mar 23, 2014
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Backpacking | 7.8 miles
One night from Big Caliente to a random mountain in the Los Padres wilderness. Passed by "the Oasis" and some great scenery.
Moonrise Obligatory Campsite Photo Photo
Zion Rocks Campsite Photo
Good Morning Zion Photo
Rock Walls in Every Direction Photo
Zion: Angel's Landing and West Rim
by oruwu on Feb 16, 2014
Utah, United States
Backpacking | 16.3 miles
A two day adventure with co-workers in Zion national park. We tackled Angel's Landing and hiked along the west rim to campsite #5 for a beautiful sunset and clear night of star gazing.
Final Packing Photo
Josh & the Stars Photo
Campsite with the Fire Photo
Tents & Fire at Lake Powell Photo
Emigrant: Granite Dome
by oruwu on Oct 26, 2013
Emigrant Wilderness, California, United States
Backpacking | 25 miles
We started our hike later than intended, beginning at the end of the road after Crabtree. Packing up and setting off around 9:30 pm towards Powell Lake, we made quick work of the short distance, and with a night sky full of stars, the hike was spectacular. Once at the lake, we set up camp and started a small fire - Damien had actually been to the exact same area only weeks...
Starting Off Group Shot Photo
Hiking Party Photo
Hikers Photo
Trail & Trees Photo
Mini-Backpacking to Aulder, Big Basin
by oruwu on Aug 31, 2013
Davenport, California, United States
Backpacking | 1.8 miles
Short Adventure into Big Basin from Waddell Creek for the labor day weekend.
Tuolumne Meadows from Cathedral Lakes Trailhead Photo
Packs on! Photo
Starting the trip in Tuolumne Meadows Photo
Starting Off Photo
Cloud's Rest via Cathedral Lake
by oruwu on May 26, 2013
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California, United States
Backpacking | 18.6 miles
Three day short route from Cathedral lakes trail head to Cloud's Rest and out at Tenaya Lake. Trip started in Tuolumne meadows travelling south on the John Muir trail with a lunch stop at Cathedral Lakes on the first day. Continuing on, the snow shrouded most of the trail especially at Cathedral Pass, and we cross-country hiked through the valley to Sunrise Lakes and camped at the upper lake. The next day...
Echo Lake Photo
Echo Lake Trail Photo
Fuzz's Feet Photo
Rock Wall Photo
Lake Tahoe: Echo Lake to Aloha Lake and Beyond
by oruwu on Jul 24, 2010
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
Backpacking | 15.3 miles
A journey into Desolation Wilderness that started early in the morning on Saturday.  With a lot less mileage than normal, we started off from the parking lot at Echo Lake in the direction of Lake Aloha. Unfortunately, there is no public potable water at the parking lot, so we had to start the trip with minimal water. Also, I had slept less than a couple hours the previous night, and I could immediately...
Half Dome from Glacier Point Photo
Starting the Journey Photo
First Snow Sighting Photo
Yosemite Falls through the Trees Photo
Yosemite: Glacier Pt to Dewey Pt
by oruwu on Jul 20, 2010
Curry Village, California, United States
Backpacking | 21 miles
One of my college roommates finished a turbo journey across the country to end right in my backyard so we planned out a little weekend for half the Narwhal in Yosemite. We started by camping outside the park friday night, drove in, and started the hike at Glacier Point with the midday sun already beating down on this fantastic early summer day. My planned course went to Taft Point and then to Dewey...
The Entrance to Chivay Photo
Cross at Cabanaconde Photo
Cabanaconde Panorama Photo
The Trail at the Lookout Photo
Colca Canyon Two Day Trek
by oruwu on Jun 13, 2010
Pujío, Arequipa, Peru
Backpacking | 27 miles
Tommy and I decided to do a two day trek through the Colca Canyon in Peru. The easiest way to get there and to explore the canyon is a guided tour through one of the numerous tour companies based in Arequipa. The canyon is supposedly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, however it does not appear as dramatic due to the shape of the walls resembling a valley, as opposed to...
Monterey Coast Photo
Packing the Car Photo
hdrIMG_0347 Photo
Framing Photo
Big Sur to Sykes Hot Springs
by oruwu on Jan 30, 2010
Big Sur, California, United States
Backpacking | 26 miles
Chris and I set off to explore the wilderness that is Big Sur, in hopes of camping near the Sykes hotsprings. However, we encountered a couple problems.Before we left on our journey, the area had seen relentless rain for two straight weeks. Fortunately for our outing, the rain let up while we were out and about. The hills were very moist and brooks were plentifully racing down towards Big Sur River and...
Early Start! Photo
The Golden Gate Arches Photo
Hazy rolling coastal hills Photo
Slivers of Light Photo
Point Reyes Backpacking
by oruwu on Dec 19, 2009
Woodville, California, United States
Backpacking | 30 miles
Chris and I planned to go camping in the snow, but decided to delay that trip for a later date. To do a more reasonable trip, we took a weekend at Point Reyes. We started at the Palomarin Trailhead and hiked up the Coastal Trail to Coast Camp, a little over 13 miles without detours. We stayed one night and then headed back via the Ridge Trail. Unfortunately the Ridge Trail did...


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