The Boy Scout Trail Joshua Tree National Park

Backpacking the Boy Scout Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.

Check out Protrails: Boy Scout Trail for a description of the trail.

National Parks Service Links:
Joshua Tree Backcountry Camping PDF 
Backpacking Joshua Tree
Hiking Joshua Tree

We hiked north from Keys West Parking Area about 3.5 miles and camped in a wash. Desert wildflowers were in bloom. A rainstorm passed through.


Yosemite National Park Bobcat

Below you will find two sweet videos featuring a golden mantled ground squirrel and a bobcat. Both filmed in Yosemite National Park. The picture above isn't from Yosemite, it's from the John Muir Trail near Mount Whitney. Anyway, the bobcat situation happened right next to Camp 4.  


DIY Ultralight Backpacking Tarp and Net Tent

Tarps are lighter, drier and often warmer. Not only that, but you can actually see the world around you, even when you are holed up in a storm. I first heard about tarps from Ray Jardine's book "Beyond Backpacking". Since then, I have made three. I still use dome tents, but I only buy used ones. Right now I have the North Face Starlight 2.

Anyway, make a tarp and thrive. For somewhere around fifty bones you can have an ultralight bomb-proof three-season shelter.