16 comments on “Distancing Pt. II: A Weekend Around Mount Shasta

  1. First, I always enjoy your posts and beautiful photography. I’d suggest maintaining Hike Mt. Shasta while integrating your other two subject areas. They both sound interesting. If one takes off, then you can rethink your approach. Places of beauty and calm are more important now than ever. Like you, we are lucky to live in a beautiful are abacking up to the Siskiyou Mountains (near Applegate Lake). We are both fortunate in this time of sheltering. –Curt

    • Thanks Curt. I appreciate your good words. The real issue I am wrestling with is the balance between writing about places and pointing people to them and not contributing to place being overrun. I truly don’t know where the balance is at. Reading your blog, it appears you have had some thoughts that might pertain to this. Any insight you have would be appreciated!

      • I remember Colin Fletcher dealing with the same issue in his writings many years ago, although with Colin it was these beautiful little places that he wanted to keep to himself. My experience over the years is that beautiful locations, easy to reach, and close to large population bases are most in danger of being overrun. The farther away you get from a trailhead, the fewer the people. Exceptions are trails so well known they generate traffic by their name alone, like the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Or really popular wilderness areas, like Desolation Wilderness. Even there, however, if you hike farther away from the trailhead than ten miles and stay away from Lake Aloha and the Velmas, you can fine relatively remote places.
        It could be argued that trail guides that lead to less popular areas help disperse the hiking population without doing undo damage. And finally, and most importantly, I believe that getting folks out into the woods in an environmentally sensitive way helps build the constituency we need to protect those areas. There are forces at work that are much more dangerous to the wild areas we love that the hikers and backpackers who visit those areas. –Curt

  2. I would love to follow your other passions but please don’t close down hike Mt Shasta. I just found your site and absolutely
    love it. It has opened up a new hiking world for me. I have also shared your site with lots of others who feel the same. Thank you for all your hard work.

    • Thanks Jane. I want to keep the site up, I am just not sure how to throttle back the amount of information I put out without breaking up the site completely. I have been experiencing a change in perspective with regards to how places are used…

  3. Please continue to post Hike Mt. Shasta, and just do whatever else moves you. It would be sad for all us followers to lose Hike Mt. Shasta.

    • Hi Dorinda. I am not planning on doing away with the site completely. I am just trying to figure out how to balance making information on places available without making it too available and too many people enjoying and even abusing special places. I am trying to thread the needle…

  4. Your mount Shasta post means everything in the world to me! I look forward to it day after day… Please don’t shut it down, if you choose to do other projects, I would appreciate reading about those too but Mount Shasta is very dear to my heart! Growing up in Southern California it was nothing but sheer magic when I would get to go up to my grandparents up in Callahan, and getting to see my very first Cascade at a young age has never left me and now I’m almost 52! Mount Shasta is my favorite mountain in the entire earth, it marked that I knew I was getting closer and closer to my grandparents way up in God’s country. Your pictures never get old or boring or look the same, they are dramatic and beautiful and I love all of the seasons and I love everything that you say…you have a precious family, I have three grown adult children and we raised them in Washington state and so we know all about raising them in the woods & in the mountains, now I live actually only five hours from Mount Shasta in Auburn so last year I got to go to the original Black Bear Diner and have my 51st birthday and look right out at the mountain closer than I had ever seen in my entire life, so your blog means everything to me! It keeps me in touch with my favorite mountain! And I’m going to go again this year, although my plans have changed I won’t be around any people except my husband. So thank you for all of your beautiful posts and pictures and keeping me in touch with my gorgeous mountain!

    • Wow Candice. I am humbled that something I created has meant so much to someone. I really appreciate your kind words. Hike Mt Shasta isn’t going away completely, if anything changes at all. I am just trying to figure out how to maintain the integrity of the sight without making it too easy to get to places and have them overrun by people, some of whom may not treat them ethically. In the mean time, I am glad that you have found value in what I have been putting on the site!

      • You are very welcome! All your photographs and descriptions and all that writing deserves a hearty applaud! You work very hard and it shows. Thank you for your reply. I am surprised to hear that the Shasta wilderness and surrounding areas have been overrun. Whenever I visit there, I feel like the only person on earth most of the time! I live in Auburn, right next door to the American River Canyon and let me tell you, this “wilderness” is what you’d call “overrun” by many, many people. But I’ve never experienced that in Shasta and Siskiyou. Thank you for your beautiful work of God’s country and my favorite place on Earth! I have been overseas, North, South, and Europe, but Mt. Shasta is supreme!

  5. Pretty much echo what others have said. I also like seeing stuff about your family every once in a while. You were one of my very first blog followers and I’m saddened that I won’t get to meet you in person this year as I don’t pass through on the PCT. I’ll make it up there at some point, I promise.

    • Hey Ian. I am really sorry events took hold and you aren’t going to be making the journey on the PCT. I hope you get another chance to do so! For what it is worth, if you ever want to explore Northern California/Southern Oregon you should come up here to Mount Shasta and use our guest cabin. My wife and I love having people stay there and enjoy this neck of the woods. You can even do some backpacking on the PCT while here (not much of a consolation compared to the whole trail, of course). Just file that away!

  6. I hope you keep the site going. It’s a great resource. About the other ideas, I say “write what you love.”
    I’ve no doubt we will love reading more of what you love to write.

    • Thanks Jane. I want to keep it going, I am just wrestling with how to do so and not have too many people overrun these great places. Lately I have been increasingly dismayed with how people have abused the land and not treated the trails, wilderness, etc ethically. I want to write, I want to the resource there, but I don’t want to contribute to what some people have perpetrated. I am not sure what the solution is…

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