“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.
When I envision camping I picture undisturbed wilderness and sounds of trees blowing in the breeze among singing birds. Backpacking provides this ability to see nature off the beaten path, experience nature’s pristineness and escape the summer crowds and noise of car camping sites. However, not every backpacking trip needs to be a multi-day ordeal. No matter where you are in the SF Bay Area there is an accessible and beautiful location near you. Read on for my regional favorites and a complete catalogue of all backpacking sites within two hours of the SF Bay Area.
On Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 11am all six members of my group summited Mt. Shasta at 14,179ft via the West Face. The altitude sickness most of us experienced over the last few hundred feet made it an incredible mental hurtle. All of us had a base of hiking, backpacking and rock climbing experience, but this was our first mountaineering trip. Below you can find our planning materials and trip report to assist you on your climb.