Edward Ruiz

Born and raised in SoCal, Ed likes to take advantage of his proximity to the ocean and mountains. He likes taking long walks, sometimes for months at a time, and climbing peaks in the Sierra. Recently, he has begun exploring high altitude trekking in the Andes and plans on visiting the Himalayas soon.


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6 Backpacking Alternatives to the John Muir Trail

Summertime is fast approaching, and I've been saving those vacation hours for another adventure on...


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4 Tips to Get You Ready for Backpacking Season

Ahhhh, spring. Quite possibly my favorite time of the year. As the snow melts and the days get...


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Backcountry Essentials

Whenever we head into the backcountry it is a good habit to pack essential items. Some of these are...


Walking Huayhuash Part 1: High Passes, Big Miles, and Thin Air

It was early morning and I was going through my gear one final time to make sure nothing was...



Apparel Gear Guide: Hiking through Peru

On previous trips I've taken, it was easy to get away with sub-par or low quality gear but during...

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Thru Hiking in Peru: Pre-Trip Planning for an International Adventure

Preparing for this particular trip has been a big challenge, and will probably be the most...