2009 Guest Book Entries

Name: Ashwin
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, October 16, 2009 1:26:05 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, Thanks for all the well compiled hiking logs and photographs. I moved to bay area a year back and utilized lots of info/tips from your pages for hiking in the sierras.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt Dana
2. Mt Hoffman

Name: Kenan
Location: Shanghai, China
Date/Time: Saturday, September 25, 2009 9:19:48 AM
Comments: Hello, Kevin! I am a 20-year-old from Shanghai, China. My family went to Canada for traveling on Aug.20 through Aug.31. It is a happy trip. Especially when I saw your page to Bow Glacier Falls (****kevingong****Hiking/200907BowGlacierFalls.html), because we went through it for 3 and a half hours. When I see the photos attached in the page, I feel proud. Overall, I like Canada. However, since we only spent 3 days in Banff, Lake Louise and Columbia Icefield, we can't enjoy ourselves to the full. So I'm looking forward to coming to Canada again! Your website is excellent. And welcome to Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo (May 1-October 31)!

Name: gauri Sahasrabudhe
Location: Cupertino California
Date/Time: Thursday, September 24, 2009 12:44:51 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, Your hiking page is the best page I have ever seen. Filled with great info and awesome photos. I always look at it whenever (every week) I am going for a similar hike. Very useful notes, and difficulties you encountered with gives us more reality. Thank you so much. Keep hiking and exploring. Gauri
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney
2. Grand Canyon... Rim to River
3. Half Dome

Name: David Slack
Location: Diamond Bar, CA
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 9:31:01 AM
Comments: Kevin, I just saw that you visited Heart Lake in Little Lakes Valley just South of Rock Creek Lake. That spot has been my favorite destination for over 20 years. You should have given it a 10 rating, I don't see how hikes can get any better than that one; minimum effort and maximum scenery. If you ever are in that neighborhood again, you really should hike past Long Lake and go up to the Gem Lakes - it is beautiful there! Well worth the hike, but the trail does have longer stretches of steep trail after Long Lake. Gem Lakes is roughly a 7-8 mile round trip from the trail head. David.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Heart Lake and Gem Lakes - Little Lakes Valley

Name: Lori
Location: Kingsburg, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 9:33:26 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, I love your hiking site! I live just south of Fresno and have been hiking and backpacking all throughout the Sierra's. The Eastern side of the John Muir, Ansel Adams, and Hoover Wilderness areas are my favorite. I really appreciate the detail you put into your website. It is very helpful when trying to consider new trails to hike. Thanks again, Lori
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Backpack trip out of Agnew Meadow to Thousand Island Lakes following Ritter Range to Minaret Lake and out at Devil's Postpile
2. Backpack trip out of Twin Lakes (Hoover Wilderness) to Crown Point, Sawtooth Ridge, and Matterhorn Peak
3. Half Dome (YNP)

Name: Warren
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Date/Time: , August 8, 2009 11:04:07 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin. Your site is great. I grew up in the Bay Area and have been hiking/backpacking/camping since I was a kid. We share a lot of common destinations, including NZ. The Routeburn was a highlight of mine. I discovered Highland Lakes through your site. Thanks. One area you appear not to have visited is Hawaii. Go to Kauai. Weeks of incredible hikes. Haven't had a bad one yet! In terms of hiking, the other islands don't compare (well, except for Haleakala crater). Thanks again for all your time dedicated to this site.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Nualolo-Awaawaphui Loop - Kauai
2. Routeburn Trail - New Zealand
3. High Sierra Loop - Yosemite

Name: Jean-Rae Richard
Location: Rochester, NH
Date/Time: Saturday, July 31, 2009 7:52:13 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin! Thanks for sharing your hiking experiences! I'll be heading out to visit my son in San Jose in Mi-August.We'll be hiking the Rae Lakes loop, planning on taking 4 days to do it. My son has done it a couple of times and tells me its far more spectacular than our White Mountain hikes back here, in New Hampshire. You gave some great tips on what to expect with weather and clothing - I particularly appreciate the going clock-wise comment, hadn't discussd that with Chris, yet. The pictures have gotten me even more excited for my "Big Adventure"! Can't wait!!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Lafayette Mtn. to Mt Washington
2. North and South Twin Mtns. (14 mi., 1day)
3. Mt.Major (great hike for the kids/grandkids! views of Lake Winnepesaukee

Name: stacey
Location: tracy/ca/usa
Date/Time: Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:29:45 PM
Comments: Great site! Was looking for pics of summit lake campground in Lassen to see if I needed to pack a canopy for our picnic table. Being so cold for you at night in August made me fear the possibility of thunderstorms...ugh! Anyhow, I enjoyed looking through your photos and reading about your personal experiences
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Glacier Pt. Yosemite
2. Trinity Alps, Ca
3. Desolation Wilderness, Ca

Name: Krista
Location: Seattle, WA
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 11:09:04 PM
Comments: Great site! Reading about your Glacier Meadows hike, and will make a few adjustments to my future hike of this. Keep up the great work on the content!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Whitney - CA
2. Half Dome - Yosmite
3. Cinque Terre - Italy

Name: Brian
Location: Boise/Idaho/USA
Date/Time: Saturday, July 10, 2009 4:48:33 PM
Comments: With regard to your Sierra Buttes hike, please don't hate 4-wheelers. They love the mountains too. They are not cheaters. They just chose another mode of transport. Also, like me, they may be physically unable to hike 10 miles. This limitation would make visiting the beauty impossible if not for the 4wd trails. It is unfortunate that more and more of these roads are being closed. Now, I cannot visit these places any more. It is also unfortunate hikers have this attitude, because we have so much in common.

Name: Linsey
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:39:36 AM
Comments: This is a great resource for trip ideas. I used to live in Northern California and have been on some of these trails. Am considering the Emigrant Wilderness for a trip in July. Beautiful photographs. Keep up the great work!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Shadow Lake and Egypt Lake in Banff
2. Ediza, Garnet, Thousand Island Lakes in Ansel Adams Wilderness
3. Inca Trail

Name: frank
Location: san jose, ca
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 10:36:12 AM
Comments: Hi, Kevin, very nice website and a lot of hands-on informations for new hikers like me. I am planning a trip to south lake tahoe at the end of this month, and I will choose the mountain tallac trail based on your reviews. :-) thanks again, buddy, and hope we can hike together in the future, hoho.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. half dome
2. moutain tallac
3. dana

Name: Al Bito
Location: Campbell, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, May 7, 2009 1:46:51 PM
Comments: Kevin--I'm 45 years old and in average physical condition. I'm going on my first real hike on Saturday with some co-workers to Mission Peak. Your review is very helpful and puts me at ease in terms of the relative difficulty of the hike. I'll let you know how I do!! Regards, Al

Name: TAJ
Location: Pacifica, CA, USA
Date/Time: , May 2, 2009 8:03:53 PM
Comments: Kevin, I just wanted to thank you for all you trip reports. My wife and I have enjoyed using your reports to help us prepare for our own trips.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Alta peak
2. Mt Whitney
3. Tuolume meadows to Devils Postpile via iceberg lake

Name: Daniel Oon
Location: singapore
Date/Time: , March 28, 2009 8:00:13 AM
Comments: Hi Kevin & Jean, I am so amazed & mesmerised when I looked at all your beautiful photos taken. In fact, they are awesome great! Then I interrupted my 2 young daughters from their chess game & exhorted your pictures asking them to emulate your photos. We are going to Queenstown coming end May & going to be our first time experiencing winter there especially for a ski vacation. So I need to see the surroundings of Queenstown during winter. I bounced on your pictures. Bravo & kudos, you have good taste & good shots. Thanks very much. Not forgetting I enjoy reading your reports too, very much indeed!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Queenstown
2. Milford
3. NZ

Name: Dana
Location: Cordelia, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, February 5, 2009 5:48:58 PM
Comments: I read your Mount Diablo hike entry with interest. Personally, I much prefer the steeper, more direct route to the summit from Mitchell Canyon, ascending Back Creek to Bald Ridge, then descending from the summit via Juniper to Deer Flat and Mitchell Canyon fire road. Note that one mile of Back Creek *averages* 22.7% grade :-)

Name: John
Location: Pennsylvania
Date/Time: Monday, February 2, 2009 9:37:00 AM
Comments: Your web site is very informative. Thank you for sharing your info and knowledge of the places you have visited. It will prove very helpful to me in planning my trip, as i'm sure it will for many other people. There should be more poeple like you putting this info out there to boost the need for promotion and support of the beautiful places we have in our world. Thanks again, John
Top 3 Hikes:
1. mt. Whitney summit via lone pine
2. half dome cables via tuolumne meadow
3. Yosemite - high sierra camp loop

Name: Alan
Location: Visalia, California
Date/Time: Thursday, January 1, 2009 6:16:03 PM
Comments: Kevin, my buddy and I were starting to plan a Rae Lakes hike for Summer 2009 when we found your page. Your work and photography is incredible. Thank you! We will toast to you when we are on the trail this summer for helping us plan our trip.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Chilkoot Trail, Alaska

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