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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!

My New-to-Me 1978/79 Guerciotti

When I first moved to the Bay Area in 1990, I shared a condo with an old family friend. She introduced me to one of her friend’s boyfriend (are you following me so far?) who became a very good friend … Continue reading

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Montara Mtn @ Pacifica, CA (Helicopter Crash Site)

27 years ago, a Navy helicopter crashed on rugged Montara Mountain, just south of San Francisco. A memorial plaque was placed and a redwood seedling was planted. The location was then largely forgotten. It was recently rediscovered, by a hiking … Continue reading

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A Little Death Valley Driveabout

A few weeks back, I met-up with a friend for two nights in Death Valley. We “boondock” camped off the beaten path, though we centered most of our activities near Panamint Springs, where initially met-up, then had breakfast both days … Continue reading

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Burns Spring Hike, Death Valley

I’ve been slacking-off on my blog recently. Why? Because I have a full-time job, in a Silicon Valley cubicle, so my time is more limited. Also, I’ve RUN OUT of interesting adventures close to home. So…that leaves distant adventures, like … Continue reading

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Rainbow Canyon (a.k.a: Jedi Transition; Star Wars Canyon) Death Valley

Just a bit west of Panamint Springs, up a long, steep hill, is an observation point, officially known as “Father Crowley Point”, overlooking Rainbow Canyon. Informally, it’s known as “The Jedi Transition” or “Star Wars Canyon” It’s named as such, … Continue reading

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Coit Horse Camp @ Henry Coe State Park

Beautiful weekend in Henry Coe State Park! I just came back from a quick overnight backpack to Coit Horse Camp. (I have some friends planning a five day, high altitude, trip in the Sierra. I haven’t done much backpacking in … Continue reading

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Hiking Mitchell Canyon to Mount Diablo, with the SoCal Hiker

Nobody told me you could DRIVE to the top! 😉 “Yours truly” accompanied Jeff Hester on his scouting trip to Mt Diablo a few weeks back. It was a great hike, and an opportunity to meet Jeff. I’m in three … Continue reading

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