2005 Guest Book Entries

Name: julie david
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, December 23, 2005 10:32:00 AM
Comments: Your site is in my favorites now!! When I am at my desk for the 6:30 am to 5 pm grind, I can escape at least for a few moments. Your info and pictures are perfect. Thank you SO much for sharing...

Name: Patrick Zhang
Location: fremont, ca
Date/Time: Sunday, October 23, 2005 11:49:26 AM
Comments: This is a wonderful website. I'll look for tips on this site from now on before taking any hike again. Also, I couldn't agree with you more regarding Mt. Whitney, respect for the mountain. I was one of the lucky one to have summited Mt. Whitney in 2003 on a day hike. That was the 2nd attempt. The first was gotten overnight permit, but had too much snow. Mt. Whitney is by far the most challenging hike ever, don't go alone.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney, CA
2. Half Dome, Yosemite, CA
3. Mt. Shasta, CA

Name: Alice Ng
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 2005 11:41:00 AM
Comments: super duper site w/great descriptions. we should trade beta on australia. have you been up to the kimberleys?
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Tongoriro and Narahoe Walk, New Zealand
2. Napali Coast, Kauai
3. Sierra Negra, Galapagos

Name: Steve Coyle
Location: Colchester, CT
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2005 11:37:46 AM
Comments: Excellent Website. This is just the information I need for my upcoming trip to Lake Tahoe. Thanks!!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt Lafayette, White Mts, New Hampshire
2. Mt Cardigan, White Mts, New Hampshire
3. Cathedral Ledge, North Conway, NH

Name: Bob Keller
Location: Mendocino, CA
Date/Time: Monday, October 3, 2005 2:25:01 PM
Comments: Enjoyed your useful trail narratives - I'm a photographer too. More natural history would be nice. Suggest trying trails in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness (Soldier Ridge Trail up to Solomon Peak, Summit Trail from Green Springs T-head up to Hammerhorn Montain and Last Camp) and Snow Mountain Wilderness (Milk Ranch Loop) north of Clear Lake. One can get above 7000' here in the North Coast Range and you'd swear you were in the Sierra! I can be at a trailhead 3 hrs from Mendocino.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Kit Carson Trek 56 mi Upper Echo L>Bear River Reservoir.

Name: Pianist
Location: USA
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 11:52:41 AM
Comments: Just a quick note....you know your performance of "Little Prelude in D Minor" is incorrect, right? You dropped all of the foot noted ornamentals. All those singular quarter notes in the harmony lines are actually 32nd/16th clusters.

Name: Nina Osterlye
Location: Napa, CA
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:10:22 PM
Comments: Kevin and Jean Your site is an inspiration to me. I have taken photos and hiked the Sonora Pass for decades. I came by your site with a search on the Emigrant Wilderness. You are bookmarked! I need to start sharing some of my work with others and ideas of hikes. Have been to Highland Lakes and especially enjoyed those pages also.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Sword Lake, trailhead off Sonora Pass
2. Not on any map yet
3. Yosemite Falls at age 17

Name: norm
Location: san francisco, ca
Date/Time: , August 27, 2005 12:07:43 AM
Comments: dude, great site! you're providing a ton of convenience to alot of people. as well as making others nostalgic about past trips and envious of trips not yet made. love the info and photos. if i can suggest one place i haven't seen on your site yet, it's glacier np in montana. highly recommend 3 week window from last week in july to mid-august; it's like a combination of the sierras, alaska, and hawaii all rolled into one!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. highline to swiftcurrent, glacier np
2. kalalau, kauai
3. rim to rim (s to n), grand canyon np / narrows, zion np

Name: Sreekanth
Location: Santa clara,CA, USA
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 11:42:19 PM
Comments: hi Kevin, Thanks for maintaining this excellent site. Have been reading bahiker.com for most of the info and bumped into ur site while researching for Half-dome info. If you can, pls add a quick estimate on the steepness (relatively speaking) between each of your breaks during the hiking. Would be very handy and helpful in planning. Great site!!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Pinnacle mountains, California
2. Mission peak, Fremont
3. Half dome, Yosemite

Name: Dave
Location: Palo Alto CA
Date/Time: Monday, August 22, 2005 10:40:46 PM
Comments: Awesome site! I loved reading about your trip to NZ. We spent three weeks there in Nov '04. We did the Hollyford Track instead of the Millford. It didn't rain until our last day. :) Probably the best part of it was watching the penguins once we hit the shoreline :) I have some awesome video footage of them bouncing around on the rocks - but every five seconds I shake the camera to get the sand flies off my hands lol. Abel Tasman was also amazing. When we went we had amazing weather and the beaches to ourselves. Thanks for putting together such a great site!

Name: Linda Hart
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: Monday, August 22, 2005 9:58:25 AM
Comments: We're planning a trip to South Lake Tahoe on Labor Day weekend. I'm in charge of researching hikes. You're site is very helpful. I'll update our favorites when we return. Thanks.

Name: Walt WIllard
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, August 19, 2005 11:02:46 PM
Comments: Nice site and one that I have bookmarked as very useful.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Yosemite Falls
2. Winnemucca - Round Top
3. Vernal Falls

Name: Valerie
Location: Reno Nevada
Date/Time: Saturday, August 19, 2005 9:17:50 PM
Comments: The hike up the Sierra Buttes is best done from Packer lake the 7 mile hike. There will only be hikers and it is a great trail not a road . Sorry to read you hiked the road . Give it another try from Packer Lake to Tamarack Lakes to Sierra Buttes.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Arc Dome
2. Sierra Buttes

Name: Rob O'Keefe
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2005 10:22:44 PM
Comments: Very nice site ... well put-together and informative ... great pics !!!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney (California)
2. Mt. Katahdin (Maine)
3. Virgin River Narrows (Utah)

Name: Phil Anderson
Location: Benicia, Ca.
Date/Time: Saturday, July 29, 2005 10:04:48 PM
Comments: Kevin, great website. I really appreciate the accurate information,photos and tales of the trail.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney, std. route
2. Mt. Tallac day hike
3. Half dome

Name: Dick Higgins
Location: Mountain View, CA, USA
Date/Time: Saturday, July 29, 2005 12:10:06 PM
Comments: Kevin, I just found your web site and am learning about all your hikes. As I looked through your pictures I fell in love with some hikes and I will start with Mt. Tam tomorrow. I sure wish you had a hiking/mountain biking club. Dick

Name: Jonathan Wolf
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, July 28, 2005 3:19:35 PM
Comments: Great Site! I came across it looking for information on a backpacking route in the Emigrant Wilderness. Your photos have me sold!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Steep Ravine Trail, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
2. Bishop Pass Trail, John Muir Wilderness
3. Mission Peak Trail, Granada Hills, CA

Name: Chris & Christy
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Date/Time: Sunday, July 10, 2005 11:53:37 PM
Comments: We just hiked Tallac today and forgot a camera- thanks for the photos and all the great tips on future hikes! Lots more snow on the mountain now than in your pictures. Made for some slippery climbing.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Machu Picchu
2. Torres del Paines
3. Mt. Tallac

Name: Wendy Campbell
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Date/Time: , July 9, 2005 4:10:18 PM
Comments: Love all the trail info. and especially your great photos of the Sierra Buttes route and the lookout tower. It is a lot easier reading your info. than trying to muddle through the NF/ NP website. I look forward to reading about your next adventures and if you would like a list of must do trails in this area, Big Sur, or the Eastern Sierras please email me and I will be happy to steer you towards something beautiful!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Morrison, Eastern Sierras, CA
2. Mt. Kouziosko, Australia
3. Mt. Whitney, East Buttress route, E. Sierras, CA

Name: Jim Cantin
Location: Santa Clara CA
Date/Time: Sunday, June 26, 2005 11:13:45 PM
Comments: I've climbed Mt Tallac about 5 times and Alta Peak also. I found your Photo's and info very accurate. Great work and a fantastic site. Great work!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt Shasta
2. Mt Massive (Colorado)
3. Mt Tallac

Name: Mark Brunell
Location: Stockton, CA, USA
Date/Time: Thursday, June 16, 2005 5:48:16 PM
Comments: Nice site...just wanted to add the reason for all of those frog images in Angels Camp - this is where Mark Twain wrote the story "The celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".

Name: Jeremy Yang
Location: Cupertino, CA
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:58:12 PM
Comments: great Site, just attempted summiting whitney, but chute to trail crest was too steep and the snow was too soft.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney
2. Mt. Dana
3. Half Dome

Name: Ernesto Duque
Location: San Jose,CA
Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, 2005 8:56:24 PM
Comments: Thanks for a great site! I truly envy you, because all the wonderful places that you have visited. Your descriptions will help me decided which places to visit. Thanks again for a great, well designed site.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Halft Dome
2. North Dome
3. Cloud's Rest

Name: shilpa santhanam
Location: ca,us
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 2:32:19 PM
Comments: You hiking page is truly amazing. I have planned countless hikes based on your descriptions and have enjoyed all of them.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Cascade canyon, grand teton NP
2. Sunol wilderness , ca in spring (wildflowers)
3. sliding sands trail, halaekala crater, hawaii

Name: Thomas Price
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
Date/Time: Monday, May 23, 2005 3:45:08 PM
Comments: Thanks for your great web page/site. Hiking to waterfalls, enjoying and sharing the great outdoors with others who like to do the same is my passion. In 1980 I worked on Snow Mountain Wilderness and help to make it the beauty it is today. You may want to someday explore more of Mendocino National Forest and the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness. ****groups.yahoo****group/PacificNWCascades/ ****groups.yahoo****group/Mendo/
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
2. Yosemite Valley
3. Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Name: Marian Bender Lim
Location: rocklin, ca
Date/Time: , April 30, 2005 6:34:47 PM
Comments: This site is too cute for words and so are you. I remember playing that Clementi sonatina when I was learning piano - unfortunately I quit lessons soon afterwards - and now miss playing piano quite alot. What a wonderful site-if I wasn't already happily married to a cute, sporty, Chinese American, UC Berkeley CS/EE guy, I'd so want to meet you.

Name: roger steffen
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 10:11:40 PM
Comments: hello i found your page and i am asking permission to use it ****kevingong****Math/NonEuclidianGeometry.pdf i resently got a dui and would like to use your work things we have in common i also play piano and i also compose very good piano music and am willing to share it with you even if you say that i cant use your work thank you for your time

Name: Michael Gebeau
Location: Monument, Colorado
Date/Time: Monday, April 25, 2005 3:32:47 PM
Comments: A very impressive website. I am glad I stumbled across it. I love hiking and this will give me ideas for future hikes. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Moab Utah Area
2. Multnomah Falls, OR
3. Grand Canyon

Name: Chris Shelton
Location: San Mateo/CA/USA
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 2005 8:31:04 PM
Comments: Terrific site. I frequent it often to chart out new hikes. Going to Alamere falls tomorrow for a day hike.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Half Dome
2. Calf Creek Falls (Escalante Wilderness, Utah)
3. Any trail in Pinnacles National Monument

Name: Luke Stearns
Location: Carrboro, NC USA
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 2005 3:22:38 PM
Comments: Wow! This is a fantastic site! I'm planning a trip to California (well actually I have to go for work, but I want to take advantage of my time there!) and this is an excellent resource for finding hikes in the area. Also, speaking as an amateur photographer and web designer, kudos on both of those fronts. Thanks for your time!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Magnetic Island, Australia (outside of Townsville)
2. Estes Park, Colorodo
3. Waimea Canyon, Kuaii, Hawaii

Name: Gerry Chicalo
Location: Lasqueti Island, Canada
Date/Time: Sunday, March 27, 2005 6:05:51 PM
Comments: Love your adventure site!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. West Coast Trail
2. Secret B25 Mitchell Bomber of Pitt Lake
3. Slumach's Lost Gold Mine

Name: Stephen
Location: Campbell/CA/
Date/Time: Sunday, March 20, 2005 10:19:05 AM
Comments: This has been a great resource for me and my fiancée who have just recently started hiking. All the info you provide makes it easy for us to decide where we want to go each week. We look forward to any future hikes you add. Great job

Name: bill miles
Location: Richardson, Tx, USA
Date/Time: Sunday, March 13, 2005 6:48:23 PM
Comments: Very nice, informative site! Enjoyed your photography. I am planning a hiking trip to the Northwest. I came across your site on a random search for the Olympic Peninsula (Hoh Rain Forest). I have a dozen hikes in the Colorado Rockies and the San Juans, but am looking to expand to the Northwest and shoot the Rain Forest. Any comments from your experience there would be great.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Uncompahgre Wilderness - Ouray, CO

Name: Fred Hsu
Location: San Jose/CA/USA
Date/Time: , March 5, 2005 8:25:17 AM
Comments: Great site! Thanks for putting all this time and effort into making such an informative hiking resource! Great pictures too!

Name: Daniel Preble
Location: Stanford, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 5:57:17 PM
Comments: What a resource. Thank you for your site.

Name: Chris Duquette
Location: Annandale, VA
Date/Time: Thursday, February 24, 2005 11:33:51 AM
Comments: What a delightful site! The photos and descriptions of the various hikes are splendid. My only beef with it is that I'm afraid I have to take issue with your awarding the Mt. Tallac hike a higher rating than the hike up Half Dome. I've done both, and I'd have to rank Half Dome number-one. In my years of hiking, nothing I've seen can compare with the view from the Half Dome summit. I hope that you'll have the opportunity to hike Mt. Shasta and to describe it as well. Thanks again for creating a must-bookmark website!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Half Dome
2. Mt. Tallac
3. Mt. Shasta

Name: Jack Sherwood
Location: San Francisco
Date/Time: Sunday, February 20, 2005 9:35:37 AM
Comments: Kevin I have enjoyed your site very much. It is by far the best organized, the best layout, and the finest content I have seen to date. I hike quite a lot but am partially disabled so I have to do much of my exploration into wild places online. Thank you so much for your efforts Jack
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Grizzly Lake Trinity Alps
2. Canyon Creek Trinity Alps
3. Taylor, Paynes, Albert, Big Blue lakes loop - Russian Wilderness

Name: Chao
Location: San Mateo, CA, USA
Date/Time: Thursday, February 17, 2005 11:43:26 AM
Comments: Thanks for sharing so much hiking information! Keep up the good work.

Name: Laurie
Location: CA
Date/Time: Saturday, January 28, 2005 10:18:41 AM
Comments: I'm so glad I stumbled across this site. I plan to take my boyfriend on the Rae Lakes Loop this summer. He's never backpacked before, so I'm trying to plan well enough to make this a great experience for him. I've learned a lot from your descriptions, and from the pictures! Thanks, L

Name: marcie pullman
Location: pacifica, california
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:47:58 PM
Comments: now i know i'm at rest relative to kevin. but if we were on the same trail, moving at the same speed, could we have an instance of peace? i don't think a more relevant website exists for playtime! thanks for passing all of this on!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. na pali coast of hawaii
2. tallest waterfall in australia
3. purissima creek trail, peninsula

Name: gary busey
Location: napa/ca/usa
Date/Time: Monday, January 24, 2005 11:30:51 AM
Comments: it was like floating in outer space with gravity. thanks for the photo of your friend peeing, you just can't get that anywhere else.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. hebgen lake, west yellowstone
2. angel falls, portland
3. grand canyon

Name: John and Jean Muir
Location: Lafayette, Ca USA
Date/Time: Monday, January 17, 2005 8:22:07 PM
Comments: We cannot thank you enough for your work on this site. What fabulous information and so well organized! It makes planning our trips a breeze. Thanks

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