Feb 28, 2008 - So much info. on the Internet now, that the pages are pretty much finished. I don't update or check this info. But most of the information is still current, so enjoy the backcountry and fight to save more of it.
May 3, 2004 - Well, now we are located within the Sierra College Geography Dept. (non-commercial) Web site, thus we do not offer commercial services, such as gear and books now. The information is the same, however, so happy exploring
May 31, 2002 - Northern California Backcountry Pages now offers a new service. We are affiliated with Backcountrystore.com to allow backcountry folks to purchase gear and even food on-line. Simply click on the links and you're rolling. They'll send you the stuff, free of shipping, and full of fun. I give my endorsement to them as have I have bought several items through them. They have provided dependable and reliable service. Happy shopping.
June 7, 2001- After some rearranging and reformatting, NCBP is still up and alive... home sweet home. I'm off this summer to explore SW China , so I will back by Labor Day for email. FYI - I have been busy as heck as a new Geography Instructor at Sierra College, so there hasn't really been much change, but some day life will settle down again.
April 5, 2000 - Were back on the Internet! Please bookmark Web address change because the forwarding page will leave at some point. This Website is still going by popular demand, and right now we're looking toward the future... who knows what we will offer. Give us some suggestions. Given more resources, we can expand, but we will try to keep offering more information, such as a write-up on Big Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains.
August 8, 1999 - The index is updated to suggest great places to hike and explore. Many of the index links go directly to another Web site, such as the State Parks Web site. These are my favorite places to visit. Also, Check out the PCT write-up now finished. (Wow that took a long time to write!). Happy Trails.April 21, 1999 - I am actually writing something on the PCT right now! It's been years, but you know the saying "better later than never." I'm also putting together a broadcast quality video on great places to explore in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's entitled "Cruising the Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains," which will probably be on sale by the end of the summer if not by Christmas. It will be a great way to see the backcountry, even better than the Web. Buy one for yourself, for your friends, as a stocking stuffer, or to support this Web site. I will try to put some video clips on-line soon. Let me know if you think this is a good idea or if you would be interested in purchasing a tape. The cost would be around $15 (and distributed through another Web site and company).
March 22, 1998 - Check out these aerial photographs of the Trinity Alps from this year's El Niño precipitation. Seeing is believing! Most likely this will impact all of the trailheads mentioned in this web site. Anything above 6,000 feet will be a late starter for this year, meaning good luck getting into the mountains before mid June or even July (1998). These photos are courtesy of Wayne Moss, author of the new The Trinity Alps CompanionFebruary 12, 1998 - Check out Caribou Wilderness just east of Mt. Lassen near the small town of Chester. This is an excellent place to get away from the urban and aerial noise of the world! It is one of the quieter wilderness areas in the state. Incidentally, I'm occasionally working on the PCT memoirs but they are really long. Also, I have a new job working for CDF, so this takes much of my time now. Enjoy the woods.
October 23, 1997 - I'm currently putting together a fun field studies course to Death Valley this winter (Jan 2 - Jan 10). Please join us if you have the time and sense of adventure. I'm also working on "Memoirs from the Pacific Crest Trail," a journal of sorts, about my trek across the Sierra Nevada Mountains (over a year ago). I hope to post it by Christmas.April 29, 1997 - Here is a great place to go in the spring, Henry Coe State Park. It is Northern California's largest preserve of pristine Mediterranean landscape and well worth a visit, especially at this time of year with the wildflowers still in bloom.
April 1, 1997 (April Fool's Day) - No joke, I have finished scanning the slides of the Pacific Crest Trail. I think they look great. Check them out. They begin at Toulumne Meadows (Yosemite) and end near Ebbett's Pass, 115 miles north. The entire trek continues to Donnor Pass some 110 miles north, and by summer I'll put these up too as well as write a longer article on the PCT.
February 6, 1997 - I have finished the maps of Northern California.. Check them out. Next I am scanning some slides of the Pacific Crest Trail from last summer's hike. Because this service is FREE, well, I am admittedly a little slow. Surely, however, I will get to the PCT pictures and then add them to NCBP soon. Thanks for staying tuned.
December 20, 1996 - I found a slide scanner finally but I'm on break for awhile. By this spring season, however, I promise to have photos and some information on our PCT trip across the Sierras. Someday, incidentally, I plan to compile all of this information on a CD-ROM with more pictures and maps.
October 14, 1996 - Well, I made it all the way across the Sierra-Nevada from Yosemite to I-80 (Sugarbowl Ski Resort) with over 6 rolls of slides taken and many stories to tell. I experienced some of the most spectacular, outstanding, and remote country in Northern California like Matterhorn Peak in Yosemite, Leavitt Peak near Sonora Pass and finally the vast expanse of the Tahoe Basin. What a trip! I recommend it for anyone--if anything, a trip like this will teach you how to appreciate the small things in life.
Pacific Crest Trail - Last summer I hiked from Yosemite to Lake Tahoe! We spent about a month crossing through Yosemite, the Emigrant Wilderness, the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, the Mokelumne, the Desolation, and finally the Granite Chief Wilderness--over 225 miles.
Oh, one more nifty piece
of news. Be sure to check out the Trinity Institute for Geographic
Education and Research -- TIGER--leading exciting interpretive
fields studies expeditions into the backcountry. Learn more about geography
by experiencing it! Coming this summer through Butte
College located here in the North State (offered for college credit).