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. He began exploring high altitude trekking in the Andes Mountains in 2017 and is currently living in the Himalayas.

National Parks


California’s Lesser Visited National Parks

Everyone has heard of Yosemite and Joshua Tree. People from all over the world come to California...


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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...