2007 Guest Book Entries

Name: Lyford Rome
Location: San Diego, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, December 13, 2007 2:52:37 PM
Comments: Stumbled upon your page while looking for info on Lake Tahoe trails. Thanks for such a great site and the clarity of your layouts. I just wish some of the older pictures would be available at full resolution, they are gorgeous.

Name: Rose
Location: Davis/CA/USA
Date/Time: , December 1, 2007 3:01:43 PM
Comments: Thanks a lot for your page. It's great. I had two hours trying to find the conditions of Cascade creek Falls trail during winter and your page was heaven. My family is visiting and I wanted to be sure of the conditions and the view. I already added you to myfavorites. Thanks.

Name: Dan
Location: Texarkana, TX USA
Date/Time: Saturday, November 16, 2007 10:06:55 PM
Comments: I want to thank you for sharing your pictures and experience with us. I had visited the places you were, when I was 11 years old, back in the 80s. Back then, I didnt care about pictures, just the trip and spending time with friends. Today, I regret not having pictures. Your photos brought back a flood of memories I will charrish for the rest of my life. I have been to many more places and countries, but I have to say that my visit to the marbles was the most beautiful place I have ever been. Thank you, Dan
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Marble Mountains
2. Cohuita Costa Rica
3. Three Sisters Blue Mnts New South Whales Australia

Name: kathy bauman
Location: san jose, Ca USA
Date/Time: , November 10, 2007 7:00:23 PM
Comments: I typed in keywords "sky to sea trail" and came upon your website. I did the trip about 20 years ago and am thinking about doing it again with my kids. I forgot the distance and the logistics of it all, so I really appreciate your detail. I love your Mt. Dana tale. The same thing happened to me many years ago. An afternoon electrical storm came thundering in right when we got to the top. As we descended (like, fast!) I came across a couple whose hair was standing on end from all the electricity in the air. I've told that story to many people over the years and no one believed me until I took a picture of my husband on the bow of a Washington State Ferry during, ofcourse, an electrical storm. It was just as I remembered. Anyway, I guess Mt. Dana is really tricky, so don't be too hard on yourself (I ended up ditching my friends who were slower than me because I was so scared!). Keep it up with your website. Your adventures are inspiring!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. half dome. scary at the top, but very memorable!
2. backpacking trip in Kings Canyon. Bear Paw Meadow seems to ring a bell.
3. hiking around Sedona Az

Name: Fred
Location: Reno, NV
Date/Time: Monday, October 22, 2007 3:54:09 PM
Comments: Hey, I read your hike up Tinker knob, and I did the same thing and ended up at Shirley Lake... I know the feeling.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Bear trap Lake, Proposed Wilson Wilderness
2. Goose eye along the AT in ME
3. Mt. Adams and Madison, NH

Name: Alan
Location: Corona, CA
Date/Time: , September 22, 2007 4:30:26 PM
Comments: Great Site! I have searched around for day hikes in the Sierras and finally found yours. Thanks. I have hiked with my family in Yosemite many times (day hikes) and can appreciate your descriptions. Definitely a true "every man's trail log." My wife and I are going to Sequoia so I wanted to find a good day hike. I think we'll try Alta Peak (weather permitting). I would really like to do some backpacking but have not done so yet. Thanks again for you effort and say hi to the family! Alan
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney (14 Hours)
2. Half Dome
3. Tuolomne to Yosemite Valley

Name: frank wong
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:45:01 AM
Comments: Best hiking/backpacking site anywhere. My wife and I have been following your site for years and really enjoy it. I am glad to know there are other Asian couples out there that enjoy the great outdoor. I am especially happy to see you bringing your kids hiking and camping early on. We have a one year old child. I think we will follow your footsteps and have our first family camping trip soon. keep up the good work.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Big and Little Fives, Mineral King, Sequoia National Forest
2. Rae Lake Loop, Kings Canyon
3. Mt Whitney

Name: Evan Resor
Location: Martinsville Ohio, USA
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 18, 2007 8:48:46 PM
Comments: I really liked your site. It was the one of the only sites that I could find that included Hazards to look out for when hiking. These tips were very useful thanks again. Evan Resor
Top 3 Hikes:
1. River To River Trail, Southern Illinois

Name: N Bra
Location: Palo Alto/CA
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:37:58 PM
Comments: Nice site. I find rating trails to be subjective. It's not only what you get out of a trail that matters, but also what you bring into it.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Long Ridge OSP
2. Stevens Creek Tony Lookout Trail
3. Mt Scott - Crater Lake NP

Name: Kevin
Location: Danville, CA
Date/Time: , September 8, 2007 1:41:11 AM
Comments: Love the site. Great Pictures and descriptions

Name: Curt Meusborn
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Date/Time: Sunday, August 12, 2007 6:26:06 PM
Comments: Great site, Kevin! I enjoy your comments, your writing, etc. Oh, and the pictures. My family and I just returned from Point Reyes and Mount Tamalpais, but Muir Woods was too crowded for us to visit.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Hyatt Lake, a cross country trek near Pinecrest.
2. Mokulmne Peak
3. Strathcona Park, Forbidden Plateau, B.C.

Name: Lynn Eve
Location: Albany, CA
Date/Time: , August 11, 2007 12:11:44 AM
Comments: I've stumbled across your site many times as I've prepared for hikes...this time I'm making it a favorite! Love your photos and candid assessments of California hikes. I'm attempting Whitney this September - wish me luck! Thanks for your wonderful notes.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Twin Lakes to Benson Lake (Yosemite)
2. Green Lake (Green Creek Trailhead)
3. Virginia Lakes

Name: Daniel
Location: Los Banos, Ca
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:49:28 PM
Comments: I love your site. It has a lot of information for people who love to camp and hike. I've been to Weaver lake four times and enjoyed myself every time. Never made it to Jennie lake though.

Name: Willow
Location: Canton, CT
Date/Time: Sunday, July 22, 2007 7:04:39 PM
Comments: Your site is a gift to all us passionate hikers. Thank you for your detailed hikes, insight, gorgeous photos, and wonderful stories. I cannot thank you enough for all your efforts in sharing your adventures. We are especially fond of Sequoia National Park and your hikes are helping my husband and I make the most of the week we spend in Sequoia NP each year.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Appalachian Trail GA to ME '97
2. Trail of The Sequoias
3. Angel's Landing - Zion NP Utah

Name: KK
Location: Overland Park, KS
Date/Time: Saturday, July 13, 2007 1:35:49 AM
Comments: Hey Kevin, Thanks for posting all those great pictures and information about your hikes. I've found them very helpful and great job on the photography. I'm planning a trip out to lake Tahoe. Have a great day, I enjoyed your page and your hiking tips. Nice! -KK

Name: Sebastian
Location: Germany
Date/Time: Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:55:05 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, nice page! Bye Sebastian from trekkingvisions.com
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Kilimanjaro
2. Trans-Zanskar
3. Mount Meru

Name: leigh williams
Location: sacramento, ca
Date/Time: Monday, July 9, 2007 12:02:04 PM
Comments: thanks for this great site. not sure how i've never stumbled across it before. tom stienstra's book is my bible, but i love that you list the elevation change. nice work. btw--picking my top three hikes is like picking my top three phish songs.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. cloud's rest, ynp
2. phantom ranch, grand canyon
3. havasu falls, az

Name: Candyce Roberts
Location: United States
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 11:56:56 AM
Comments: Kevin, I just found your site and will use the info re Kings Canyon to plan our first trip there. I just wanted to add that we spent 6 weeks in NZ and 4 weeks in Australia mostly doing day hikes. My recommendation is to skip NZ. Sorry, but the Kiwis have turned into money hungry, anti-tourist people and the sand flies are horrendous. We had too many bad experiences in NZ. For the price and the trip over, Oz is a much friendlier more diverse land. There are virtually no animals in NZ. Just flies.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Grand Canyon on the Tuolomne
2. North Dome
3. Snake Lagoon, Kangaroo Is

Name: Natural Encounters Guided Walks
Location: Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:03:53 PM
Comments: Excellent account of the Queen Charlotte Track.I operate a guided walking company on the track ****.natural-encounters.com and am always pleased to see some positve feedback about the area.

Name: Adam
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: Monday, June 11, 2007 10:28:46 PM
Comments: Yesterday I hiked to the summit of Alta Peak having been inspired by your account. I'm pleased to say that it was indeed a truly memorable experience. Many thanks for sharing your stories and maintaining this excellent site !
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Alta Peak, Sequoia
2. Glacier Point, Yosemite

Name: Liz
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Date/Time: Thursday, June 7, 2007 12:54:30 AM
Comments: I have just read your pages on the Milford Track. They are great. I did the track a couple of years ago during a 17 day drought in the area. We had such a different experience to you. 42 degrees celcius on the 2nd day (18km!) with little shade. A lot of the rivers were dry but we had the most stunning views from the top of the McKinnon Pass. Thanks for sharing your experience, I really enjoyed the read :)

Name: Thorsten
Location: Münster/Germany
Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 2007 12:22:32 AM
Comments: Hi I've come across your site during the preperation of a Sierra hiking trip. You've got a lot of valuable information here. Nice pics and nice descriptions! Very good! Thorsten

Name: William
Location: Berkeley, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 2007 12:03:13 PM
Comments: A bunch of us are thinking of doing the Skyline-to-sea trail this coming Memorial weekend. However, because we'd like to do it in one day, we're not sure if everyone in the group will be able to finish. So, we've been reading your log on your trip and are wondering if you have any suggestions as to where would be a good place to drop in so we can cut down a little distance. I think we can handle 20-25 miles... Also, we're wondering about the elevation gain for your trip--it seems the whole trip was all uphill... Maybe you can clarify that for us. Finally, if you have any advice for the hike, we'd certainly appreciate it.

Name: Brian
Location: Pawtucket, RI
Date/Time: Saturday, April 27, 2007 8:57:04 AM
Comments: Great site. Thanks Kevin. I am planning a trip to California and found your site extremely helpful. Also enjoyed your trip reports from Zion, Bryce and North Rim, which I did last year. Hard to pick a top three, but here are three of the many that I've enjoyed.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. East Rim Trail, Zion
2. Fairyland Loop, Bryce
3. Presidential Range, White Mountains, NH

Name: Jill
Location: Boston, MA, US
Date/Time: , April 7, 2007 8:13:06 PM
Comments: Your pictures are absolutely breath-taking. Can't tell you how much I enjoyed visiting your site!

Name: Scott S.
Location: West Hills, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 3, 2007 6:11:12 PM
Comments: Your site is great! Thanks for putting so much detail and photos in your hike descriptions. I plan to hike Alta Peak sometime this summer and now I know what to expect. And I had no idea you could actually hike up to Mt Dana. The photos you have taken are quite amazing as well. Well, thanks again for such a great site!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
2. Mono Pass, Yosemite National Park
3. Glacier Point via Panorama Trail, Yosemite National Park

Name: Sarah
Location: San Leandro, CA, USA
Date/Time: Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:00:18 AM
Comments: Thank you, thank you for maintaining this web site! We're often looking for hikes around the BA and am so thrilled to have stumbled upon your site! I love that you detail the hikes, complete with date and photos. The date lets me know what time of year to plan the hike, and the photos let me know what to expect in general so I can filter things out. This info seems rare in the bigger sites and in books. That, and your honest reporting, is oh so helpful.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Sunol Reg. Wilderness every spring
2. Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZ
3. Backpack to Cable Works on Zion Natl. Park ridge

Name: Edith Kreutner
Location: Austria
Date/Time: , March 10, 2007 3:45:22 AM
Comments: Hi Kevin! Just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your commentaries to your hikes and the marvellous pictures! I am an outdoor enthusiast from Austria and am always on the lookout for new ideas and find some of them on the internet on great pages such as yours. If you ever would like to hike in the Austrian Alps and I am around (I travel quite a lot) just send me an email! Cheers Edith
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Tongariro Crossing
2. Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Austria
3. Lassen Volcanic National Park

Name: mk
Location: jacksonville, fl
Date/Time: Thursday, February 8, 2007 6:48:36 PM
Comments: I have followed your hikes for a couple of years. Thank you for keeping such great commentary and posting beautiful shots. We also are planning the vancouver, seattle trip with a tail in tahoe. Love the west!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. panaroma trail, yosemite
2. angel's landing, zion

Name: Kevin
Location: Atlantic Beach, FL
Date/Time: Monday, January 22, 2007 9:25:40 PM
Comments: Thank you for taking the time to post all your pictures. I'm currently planning a couple of trips to some of the same places (Seattle/Vancouver and New Zealand) and found your info to be quite helpful. Is the Milford Track really worth the time and money? Thanks, Kevin
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Lake O'Hara Alpine Circuit, Yoho NP
2. The Narrows in Zion NP
3. Grinnell Glacier? Sentinel Pass? Cascade Canyon?

Name: kr
Location: Irvine CA
Date/Time: Saturday, January 5, 2007 11:41:49 PM
Comments: Great site! I read your detailed description of the Rae lake loop and am tempted to do it this summer. If you decide to do it again and need a partner let me know.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Junction Meadows
2. Gabrielino Trail

Name: travis
Location: williamsville, NY
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 12:13:10 PM
Comments: Im glad you have this site. You almost have the same photo of weaver lake as I do. I went there when I was 14, now Im gonna be going back with my girlfriend this time. Hopefully within the next year.

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