The Alpine Kingdom: Lesotho and the Northern Drakensberg

In the High Drakensberg region of Lesotho Africa, the adventures are endless. No real trails, no real worries (well maybe keep everything inside your tent at night).

The City of The Mountain: Cape Town, South Africa

There is perhaps no more dramatic a city than Cape Town, South Africa. Rising out of the clotted fogs of the western cape like a lurking leviathan, stands the iconic Table mountain. Endemic flora and wildlife live side by side with a bustling metropolis, where life fights for it’s small piece of land under the mountain or along the spiny Cape Point Peninsula. In such a place, a thriving city burns with a furious energy.

Director of Toughness: Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike, Shark Cage Diving, and other General Badassery

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Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Tehachapi to Kennedy Meadows – Why I hate the desert and will venture there no more.

I try to add something extra to my blog posts. Instead of just a slide show of my actions over a period of time, I like to describe the trail, and any experiences that transcend the individual and illustrates what makes walking such an immense distance so worthwhile and beneficial to mind, body, and spirit.Continue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike: Tehachapi to Kennedy Meadows – Why I hate the desert and will venture there no more.”

Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack

“The most comfortable pack I have ever worn. Ever.” Unfortunately, it weighs over six pounds! But, using some of the best shoulder strap and hip belt technology around, this pack will haul big loads and do it with ease. Gregory’s unique design includes super padded shoulder straps and hip belt, which can shift left orContinue reading “Gear Review: Gregory Baltoro 75 Backpack”

GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack

OVERVIEW: Here at Trail Lives, we absolutely love Cottage Gear Shops. Some of the best gear tested has come from these unlikely and relatively small companies, which are usually run by hikers like you and I. Founded in 2001 by a fellow thru hiker and located in Utah, Ultralight Adventure Equipment (ULA) offers some amazing ultralightContinue reading “GEAR REVIEW: Ultralight Adventure Equipment Circuit Backpack”

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Mexico to Kennedy Meadows

Section: Mexican Border to Kennedy Meadows SYSTEM GEAR CARRIED WORN BACKPACK SYSTEM Pack ULA Circuit Pack (XL) 40 Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.3 SHELTER SYSTEM Tarp Cuben Tarp w/ guy lines 8.14 Bivy Ptarmigan Bivy 5.9 Ground Cloth Gossamer Gear Polycryo 2.95 SLEEP SYSTEM Isulation Top Enigma Quilt 22.75 Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir XliteContinue reading “Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Mexico to Kennedy Meadows”