Taveuni (Fiji) new South Pacific report released

I finally finished up the first of two hiking and snorkeling reports from our trip to Fiji one year ago. This report covers the island of Taveuni (Fiji’s 3rd largest island) where we did 3 major hikes and several minor hikes, along with snorkeling the Rainbow Reef. I hope you enjoy the report and included 120 photos. The second report will be coming soon. We obviously will not be traveling to the South Pacific this year. To view the new report, click below or visit the Introduction Page on the site and look under the South Pacific > Fiji section.

Taveuni, Fiji new hiking report

Wainibau Falls on Taveuni is one of the most beautiful spots in the South Pacific

Death Valley’s Natural Bridges page updates

My family and I recently traveled to Mammoth Lakes and Great Basin National Park for a short vacation.  You can see video highlights of some of the hikes that we did on my YouTube channel.  I plan to return to Death Valley for my first hikes of the Fall season in about one month.  This will be a trip to complete some day hikes in Eureka Valley and other places within the park.  Later in the year, I plan to return to carry out an exclusive 3-day backpacking trip in the Last Chance Range which I have been planning for several years now.  So you can expect some brand new written Death Valley hiking reports to be coming along in the near future.

On another note, I recently finished updating my Death Valley Natural Bridges database page.  As part of this update, a link is shared to read a recent 5-page magazine article that I wrote for the Natural Arch and Bridge Society’s summer 2020 edition of SPAN magazine.  To learn more, check out that page on the site (the page can be reached by way of the Main Page’s 5th menu box).

Yosemite Backpacking (June 2020)

Death Valley did not fully reopen in time for me to get in a late spring/early summer trip.  Thus, I ended up doing a 5-day 47-mile backpacking trip in Yosemite from Hetch Hetchy to Tuolumne Meadows.  I put together a video of the trip and am happy to share it with you here.

“Death Valley Discoveries” New Site Page

2009-2019 was a decade of exploration and discovery for myself and friends in Death Valley National Park. Sadly due to park closures because of corona, I was unable to do my planned Spring 2020 hikes in the park. So instead, I’m taking a look back at the past decade. To do so, I put together a special web page as part of my recent Death Valley site updates which highlight my personal 10 most important hikes that resulted in significant discoveries. Places such as White Slickenside, Sunlight Bridge, Double Bridge, and the Smoke Tree Slots. It was a really fun time and I look forward to much more success and fun times with friends in the future. Here is a link to the page.

Death Valley Discoveries

Major Site Updates

As you have likely noticed, the web site is undergoing some major site updates.  The Home page of the site was badly in need of upgrading since it had not been fully revised since 2014 and web sites have changed a lot since then.  The currently published site updates can be seen with the Home page and the first three links on the new Home page menu (which include the Introduction page, new DV Hiking Reports page, and DV Hiking Recommendations page).  Other pages on the new Home page menu will also be revised soon and published over the coming months.  In addition, a new page entitled Death Valley Discoveries will be released highlighting some of the interesting discoveries that my friends and I have made over our two plus decades of hiking in the park.  But currently, the main change is that the 200 DV hiking reports have been moved from the Home page (where they have always been found in the past) to their very own page.  I realize that some people may object to this adjustment as this site has always been complimented on its simplicity and easiness to use, but it was something that had to be done.  I simply had run out of space to include new hikes and it was looking too dated (as well as having too many issues when viewed on tablets and mobile phones).  I will keep you posted here on the blog as more updates are finished and posted.  Just a note that the hiking reports themselves will not be receiving updates at this time.  Below, I’m sharing a picture that I took in Death Valley this February.

An incredible view of Brass BM seen during our recent summit attempt