Application Review: Spyglass

Application Review: Spyglass

For thousands of years, mankind has been navigating in a number of ways. From moss on trees, to the stars at night, we started with simple tools and ended up with complicated and complex devices.  Today, in 2015, one of these complex and complicated devices is something that fits in our pocket. Specifically, the device itself is something that has almost transcended devices, in that it is not a device, but something that works on a device – in this case, an application. The complex and complicated device I am talking about here is Spyglass, an application that was designed for iPhones and other iOS devices. Spyglass is smaller than a smartphone, but make no mistake about it; you need a smartphone – in this case, an iPhone to use it. Even though Spyglass is small, the amount of information and data packed into its digital frame would make any of our ancestors who had to navigate from location to location jealous.

Gear List: Shorty's Well Route

Gear List: Shorty's Well Route

In my opinion, the largest challenge of the Shorty’s Well route is determining the right gear to take for the climb. If you are considering the route, you should be aware that you will need a variety of gear to deal with the various conditions and temperatures from -262 feet of elevation to 11,043 feet of elevation.

Shorty's Well Route

Shorty's Well Route

Start in darkness. End in darkness. This is what I was thinking at 11:49 p.m. on March 14, 2015. At that point, David Wherry and I had been mountaineering for almost twenty-four hours straight. Minutes before, we had exchanged a few words about how it would be nice to be back at the car before the next day began at 12:01 a.m.; but despite this conversation, we are still shambling along at a crawl into the Badwater Basin our normally powerful gaits reduced to pitiful zombie-esqe shuffling.  My legs hurt. My back hurt; and as of 11:32 p.m., my feet had finally started hurting. I felt more dead than alive. At that moment, a mere quarter mile from the car, I was thinking of nothing but two things: “Start in darkness; end in darkness” and its “not mountaineering until someone draws blood”.  What we had been doing was mountaineering; there was no doubt in my mind about that. As we finally reached the car, there was one thing I understood fully though: the Shorty’s Well Route was indeed the “impossible hike” and the hardest mountaineering route in North America.

Broken Hill Loop, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Broken Hill Loop, Torrey Pines State Reserve

Although San Diego has many great places to watch the sunset as it is a beach town, one of the best places, if not the best can be found with minimal effort in Torrey Pines State Reserve along the Broken Hill Loop Trail.

Product Review: Greenbelly Bars and Kickstarter Campaign

Product Review: Greenbelly Bars and Kickstarter Campaign

In 2015, I am pleased to say that I have found a meal replacement bar that fulfills all of the requirements that I am talking about above, and more. In this case, I am talking about Greenbelly meal bars. These bars have been formulated by Greenbelly to have one-third of a person’s daily value of calories; along with the necessary companion items, such as carbohydrates, fiber, fats, and sodium; and are made from all natural ingredients.

Wigwam Motel

Wigwam Motel

One of the most iconic things about America is United States Route 66, or just Route 66. From songs to stories, the former 2,451 mile highway had an important role in American history and pop culture that eventually spread out to many places around the world. Although Route 66 is no longer a highway; it remains a National Scenic Byway that people still travel on today. Obviously, over the last eighty-nine years, a lot of things have changed over the whole of the entire Route 66, but in San Bernardino, time has appeared to stand still at the Wigwam Motel.