Escarpment Trail – DNS

July 30, 2017. Escarpment Trail Run. I was registered to run. DNS (Did Not Start). But no regrets. I sprained my left ankle last Saturday, July 22. It’s healing well, so far. Applying cold treatment and ankle brace daily. Doing regular walks for a week, hobbling at first and getting better each day. Hoping to become a-ok for the race. Undecided to do the race until the very last minute. My friend, Jun, and I still went to the North-South Lake Campground on Saturday, July 29, for an overnight stay. We hiked on Saturday, testing my foot if it can … Continue reading Escarpment Trail – DNS

Late Post. Grand Canyon SK-PR-BA Hike

Dec 10, 2016. Grand Canyon. South Kaibab-Phantom Ranch-Bright Angel. The Adventure – Goal. Hike from South Kaibab trail down to Phantom Ranch and up to Bright Angel trail. This is my first hike down the canyon, with information and knowledge gathered from the web.  This is a good source of information for GC backcountry hiking – Backcountry Hiking Brochure (PDF). The Gear. Mizuno Merino Wool + Midlayer Jacket Baselayer Pants + Mizuno Pants Beanie + Neck Gaiter + Gloves + Hand Warmers Hoka trail shoes + Drymax socks UD vest with 50 oz bladder (H2O) + 2 bottles (Tailwind) 3 servings … Continue reading Late Post. Grand Canyon SK-PR-BA Hike

Bear Mountain Trails, Part 2

Saturday, May 28, 2016. 2 birds in 1 stone, my Saturday plan.  Or should I say, 2 bears in 1 day – Bear Mountain that is. Since the first BM Trails exploration, I’ve been craving for another trail experience.  But at the same time, I  needed to spend some time on the saddle for a triathlon training.  So, I decided to do both – bike up Bear Mountain to Perkins Tower, and then switch gears and hike the trails afterwards. Saturday morning.  I parked at the RD/TT trail head on 9W, and started the ride before 8AM.  This part of … Continue reading Bear Mountain Trails, Part 2

Exploring the Bear Mountain Trails

Sunday. May 8, 2016. 15+ miles covered exploring the Bear Mountain trails.  Ok – I didn’t really plan to cover this distance.  It just happened because I kept on intentionally making myself lost in the trails.  This was my first time exploring these trails and I only had the Avenza PDF Map App as my guide, which served me well.  The plan was to go back to Bear Mountain and re-trace the trail leading back to Timp Pass, the last steep climb in the TNF ECS BM event I did on April 30th.  I wanted to have a picture of … Continue reading Exploring the Bear Mountain Trails

Avenza PDF Maps App

Another positive review on a product I use – because it works!  This one I’d consider a necessity for exploring trails, especially when going solo.  This is for the the Avenza PDF Maps Mobile App, available for Android and iOS smartphones.  I have this on my phone, plus the digital maps of the trails I wanted to explore.  One of the maps I have is the Bear Mountain Trail Map (detailed information and maps from NY State Parks site).  Last Sunday, I explored the Bear Mountain trails relying on the information I’ve read on the web and the digital map … Continue reading Avenza PDF Maps App