For the high mountains and the North, Summer is over and hiking season has come to a close. However, we are just entering my favorite time of hiking in the Bay Area where I can explore the beauty of ridge lines in greens instead of golds. Below I’ve listed my favorite multi-day trips within a couple hours of the bay. Enjoy!
The culture of outdoor recreation has been evolving, but the software tools that exist for it have remained stagnate. I’ve seen about a dozen experience-sharing or trail-finding apps rise and fall while the majority my own research still relies on distributed blogs, word of mouth and in person training. That is why I created Pack List, the iOS App to puts years of knowledge and hundreds of miles of backcountry experience in your hand.
“Everyone wants to climb a tallest peak, it is often much more difficult and pristine to climb a second tallest peak.”
At 14,380 ft, Mt. Williamson is the second highest peak in California (5th highest in lower 48). To reach it you must suffer through an unrelenting 10,000 feet of gross elevation gain over 12+ miles. As a result you’ll find yourself mostly alone compared to other 14ers, like Whitney or Shasta where I could see a line of people coming up Avalanche Gultch. When the four of us were on the mountain over August 28-30, 2015 we encountered just two other people trying to summit the mountain the day of, a few trail runners single-day peak bagging and a half dozen other backpackers the entire trip.
I’m always looking for parks that have a unique story. I’ve found the Bay Area to have a rich mining history and I find those mining artifacts really add to the outdoor experience. Especially the ones you can explore yourself!
Lucky you, I’ve done all the research to find three favorite parks hosting mines so you so you can simply head out and discover!
I’m a firm believer that native UI is superior to the web view experience on mobile. However, if you want rich-text user generated content support across both web and native platforms a markup language rendered natively is definitely the way to go. Trying to support the full-HTML standard natively sounds like a nightmare, but if you allow a restricted subset of the tags the problem becomes more manageable. In this article I’m going to walk through what solutions to HTML rendering exist on iOS and how I’ve implemented it under the intensive re-use / responsive scenario of rendering it in a UITableViewCell.
Previously I’ve introduced using UI Testing and discussed the differences between UI Testing in Xcode and the prior UI Automation Instrument. However, there is a lot more to learn about UI style testing. In this article I’ll speak about how to think about the end-end life-cycle of tests, some limitations of the Xcode solution and some undiscussed functionality.