My name is Chuck and I'm from the Central Coast area of California. I started backpacking a little over 10 years ago when my brother-in-law who was an eagle scout took me on a trip in Yosemite. I loved being able to see areas most people can't drive to and being able to live off what's on your back. I was hooked after that. For the next couple of years, I mainly stuck to popular trails in Yosemite. I've since started to focus more on trails in SEKI as it is less crowded in the summer and just as beautiful. I also enjoy backpacking in some of the local Coast Range spots when the weather is cooler and there is water flowing.
My highlight trips so far are hiking the JMT from Tuolumne to Yosemite Valley, Going from Horsehoe Meadows to Whitney Portal via Cottonwood Pass, and day hiking Mt. Whitney. I just did a trip over labor day weekend to the base of the Silver Divide at Graveyard Lakes which was amazing also. I'd love to eventually do the Rae Lakes Loop, High Sierra Trail, and the JMT full length. I just recently watched the movie "Mile, mile and a half" and loved it.
Alot of my trips lately have focused on hikes I can do with my kids as they are starting to get the age that they can backpack and fish. We've done a few trips to Weaver Lake in the Jennie Lake Wilderness that has been perfect for them. I'd love to find some other spots that would be good for them, so any suggestions are welcomed. I am an avid fly fisherman, so all my trips are focused on good fishing spots now also.
Thanks for putting together a great site,