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Update From the Trail
January 2019

New Year, New Website, New Guides
As some of you have noticed, I recently updated the format, layout, and some of the content of my site. I periodically improve the website based on feedback and analytics, and hopefully this new version will be even more valuable to you before you hit the trails. And I have some new guides up, with more to come. As always, my only wish is that I had more time to get more guides up. Hopefully 2019 will be more successful in that sense.

Have a great 2019 and say hello if you see me on the trails!
The New HikingGuy.com
I'd rather be on the trails than behind the computer, but hopefully my investment of time in improving the site was worth it. New features include:
  • Improved layout. sizing, and organization for better readability and use
  • Print format that cuts out info you don't need on the trail
  • Better maps from CalTopo
The maps are really what I'm excited about. Aside from more detailed trails and topo contours, you can also click on the CalTopo link in every map and change the base layer, overlay weather, forest fire info, etc. The maps are pretty awesome and I encourage you to play around with them. 
See the New Site
Charleston Peak - South Loop Trail
Vegas isn't what pops into my head when I think about great hiking but it's amazingly scenic once you travel about 30 minutes out of town. One of my favorite all-time hikes is only 45 minutes out: Mt Charleston on the South Loop Trail. It's a serious, all-day hike that rewards you with views from the pristine Sierras to the Las Vegas strip. Half of the hike is above 10,000 feet, offering an alpine landscape and incredible views. Build in time to do this hike the next time that you're in Vegas.
Charleston Peak Guide
inReach Mini Doohicky
If you don't know about the Garmin inReach Mini, you should check out my review and how-to guide here. It's a small device that fits in your palm, and gives you the power to send text messages in the backcountry where there is no cell service. It's an incredible piece of compact technology that can enable two-way comms with search and rescue, or more commonly for me, just a simple way for me to let my family know that I'm okay or running late.
inReach Mini Review
More hikes coming soon, thank you for all your support!
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