Sequoia National Park: Mount Silliman and Lake Silliman Hiking & Backpacking Trip

One of our favorite hiking and backpacking experiences of 2017 was Siliman Lake and Mount Silliman in Sequoia National Park. 

Some of the beauty captured on the way included this meadow!


This large slab in front of us had to be climbed up to reach our campsite at Silliman Lake and it was not easy! Climbing up with 40+ lbs on our backs was harsh, but we did it, one step at a time!


The mosquitoes were out in full force so thankfully we had our Sawyer Picardin insect repellant to keep them away!


After what seemed like an endless climb up the unforgiving vertical slab, this was a sight for sore eyes and feet. :)  


Silliman Lake all to ourselves!


The following morning we headed up to Mount Silliman and came across some incredibe alpine lakes and meadow!


On the summit of Mt. Silliman! 


In the evening we had the lake to ourselves, a beautiful alpenglow, and good times. 


Alas, as all good things come to an end we headed out early in the morning! 


Helpful Tips: This is not for inexperienced hikers. It is grueling and tough to get up the slabs! You do need permits. So plan, prepare and train if you want to check out this incredible place. 

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Backpacking and Hiking Big Pine Lakes

In September we headed to Big Pines, California to backpack hike and explore the beautiful Big Pine Lakes trail. We decided to backpack for two nights and do the loop, lakes 1-7 and come up through Black Lake.

This is an image of the start of the hike. 


Deer on our way up!


The crew all did a great job considering the elevation gain and altitude. 


Lake one was a beauty!! 


We decided to camp at lake two, Temple Crag is your backdrop. Simply stunning! Do you see our camp for the night? 


The next day we packed up and headed to lake five, but on the way there we decided to stop at Sam Mack Meadow and it did not dissapoint!

We made it to our camp at lake five. It was one of our favorite lakes!

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After a lunch break we decided to go all the way to lake seven! It was a great hike and we even helped some hurt climbers with our first aid kits. (Talk about perfect timing, we were at the right place at the right time.) 

On our last morning we finished our loop and ended with this glorious view of lakes one, two and Temple Crag!  


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Helpful Tip: You need a permit to backpack here, day hikes do not require permits. Make sure you make reservations as soon as the date opens, 6 months in advance! These permits are not easy to come by. 


KRAVE Jerky Review: Pink Peppercorn


This past weekend we headed out to Rancho Palos Verdes to hike! We had some new KRAVE flavors to review, first one up was the Pink Peppercorn Beef Jerky.

Once we got down to the beach we decided to find a nice spot to enjoy our snack.


The Pink Peppercorn Beef Jerky has pink Himalayan salt, pink peppercorns which balance the meatiness of the beef! 


The best thing about this bag is that KRAVE is partnering with Susan G. Komen through 8/31/18 to donate a portion of all retail sales from each bag sold. 


The Susan G. Komen-labeled packs of KRAVE Pink Peppercorn Beef Jerky are available at and in national retailers including Target, Albertson’s, CVS, Rite Aid and the Kroger family of grocery stores for an MSRP of $5.99. You can also buy this flavor here!


Please note: KRAVE Jerky is a sponsor of the 52 Hike Challenge, we only endorse products we use ourselves and will benefit our community. All sponsorship dollars fund the global 52 Hike Challenge movement, we appreciate your support. 

KRAVE Jerky & Sawyer Products Pop-up Hike in Sedona, Arizona with Mountain Chicks

For our October pop-up hike, we decided to head out to sunny Sedona for a meet up with our 52 Hike Challenge participants and partners. A huge thanks to Krave Jerky and Sawyer Products for sponsoring the event with swag and snacks. 

We also want to thank and high five Dani from Mountain Chicks, Darren from Arizona hiking and all the awesome participants for supporting the event! 

We hiked the Soldier Pass / Brin's Mesa trail and it was beautiful, including stops at the Seven Sacred Pools for a snack, and Devil's Sinkhole! Check out a few snaps from the day.

 Seven Sacred Pools

Seven Sacred Pools

 Yup, needed that Sawyer bug spray to keep the mosquitos from biting!

Yup, needed that Sawyer bug spray to keep the mosquitos from biting!

 Time for a Cherry Chipotle KRAVE bar

Time for a Cherry Chipotle KRAVE bar

 and smiles...

and smiles...


KRAVE Turkey Jerky Basil Citrus Review


This year KRAVE Jerky has sponsored the 52 Hike Challenge and provided snacks for some of our events, like this pop-up hike to Alamere Falls in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. 

Today we're showcasing one of our favorite flavors: Basil Citrus! 

KRAVE infuses succulent turkey breasts with tangy citrus to create a jerky that’s soft, subtly seasoned and bursting with flavor. You’ll taste the rich basil complemented by the clean and crisp citrus notes on the palate in this low sodium turkey jerky.


You can purchase either a 2.7 oz bag for backpacking trips, or the 1 oz snack size that comes in a pack of 18 - perfect for a day hikes and only 90 calories per bag!

The reason we love and endorse this KRAVE product is that it is gluten free, low fat, and a good source of protein. It has no artificial ingredients, is minimally processed, with no MSG or Nitrates. 

We enjoy including KRAVE in our snack bag for trips, hikes and even when we're traveling!

To order your own KRAVE Turkey Jerky Citrus Basil - head on over to their store!

Please note: KRAVE Jerky is a sponsor of the 52 Hike Challenge, we only endorse products we use ourselves and will benefit our community. All sponsorship dollars fund the global 52 Hike Challenge movement, we appreciate your support.