For those of us who don’t make camping an everyday thing, annual trips are eagerly anticipated as a much-needed respite from hectic lives and crowded city streets. Every year for the last six years, Sean Collier and a rotating cast of buddies do just that. For a week in the summer, they skip town and head for Eastern Sierra, a sprawling mountain range that spans the California/Nevada border. Since Sean has become so familiar with the area, he brought back this to-do list for if/when you go.
1. Fish a ton. It’s a great hobby and can even provide dinner. I was fortunate enough to learn my skills from my uncle years ago. A good teacher is always the first step.
2. Bring a gas powered cooking stove. Warm food is always good. My portable burner happens to be a Primus Gas cooking stove. It heats up a can of chili in three minutes.
3. Don’t forget the Myachi hand sack. Same as a hacky sack but can be played with your whole body (except the palm of your hand). Easily portable and great to pass the time by.
4. And the Wristrocket. Great for target practice and passing time by. Mine’s a Trumark and you can get it for dirt cheap.
5. Find the hot springs. You can find a ton of these around the Eastern Sierra. Perfect for bathing or relaxing, plus an amazing view.
6. Go snowmelt swimming. Hike up to a waterfall and find a deep swimming hole. Here, my cousin John demonstrates swimming at the base of a 40-foot waterfall. One of the coolest experiences of my life.
To follow more of Sean’s travels, check him out on Tumblr at http://solitudeseeking.tumblr.com/ or Instagram @seanrcollier.