My Latest E-book Helps Freelance Writers

by John Soares on July 30, 2013

In between hiking in northern California and southern Oregon I’ve written a new e-book: Find Your Freelance Writing Niches: Make More Money for Less Work.

I know most of you are hikers, but I also know that some of you are writers. You can find details about specializing as a freelance writer here.

Freelance Writing Niches

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Videos of California’s Russian Wilderness

July 26, 2013

Tweet I’ve been exploring the Russian Wilderness in northern California over the last two summers. Here are my best videos. Enjoy! Big Duck Lake Paynes Lake Big Blue Lake Southern Russian Wilderness from the Pacific Crest Trail

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Walking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain

May 6, 2013

Tweet Stephanie and I just saw the excellent documentary film Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago here in Ashland, Oregon. This hike has been on my radar for the last couple of years, never more so than now! The Camino de Santiago is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain to the cathedral in Santiago […]

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Video of Crater Lake from Garfield Peak

August 29, 2012

Tweet Garfield Peak in Crater Lake National Park offers great views of the lake and also other landmarks, including Mount Thielsen. Stephanie and I spent two days in the area last week. We camped in the park the first night and outside the park on BLM land the second night. Stunning area! More pics and […]

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Interview with Conifer Country Author Michael Kauffmann

August 14, 2012

Tweet Michael Kauffmann is the author of Conifer Country: A Natural History and Hiking Guide to 35 Conifers of the Klamath Mountain Region. I’ve been very impressed and very informed by Michael’s Conifer Country blog, and he has written an excellent book. And now let’s hear from Michael about his background, the book, and his […]

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Hiking Big Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps

August 12, 2012

Tweet Hiking/backpacking to Big Bear Lake and Little Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps is one of my favorite far northern California excursions. Trailhead access is easy, and I quickly get into beautiful sub-alpine granite wilderness. Note that the hike itself is relatively steep — you need to be in decent shape. (This post is […]

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Federal Court Ruling Could Restrict Access to Private Lands for Hikers

August 6, 2012

Tweet Many hikers and outdoors recreation enthusiasts use private land with the owners’ permission. However, a federal court ruling regarding the 2007 Moonlight Fire on Sierra Pacific land may have a major impact on that. Here’s a press release I just received from the California Forestry Association. You can also read a transcript of a […]

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Little Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps

August 3, 2012

Tweet I did a fantastic hike to Little Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. It started with a steep 3000-foot climb to Big Bear Lake, followed by a moderate 1-mile cross-country scramble over granite. I love this lake!

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Russian Lake in the Russian Wilderness

July 20, 2012

Tweet Stephanie and I went backpacking to Russian Lake in the Russian Wilderness of far northern California last weekend. Stunning, and we had a lot of solitude. I plan to post pictures soon, but I wanted to share this Youtube vid I shot…

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Point Reyes National Seashore Association Announces 2012 Trails Challenge

April 18, 2012

Tweet Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) in partnership with the National Park Service announced the 2012 Point Reyes Trails Challenge today. The program is a fun and exciting way to inspire novice and experienced hikers to explore the Point Reyes National Seashore while raising funds to support critical trails and wildlife projects. This self-paced […]

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California State Parks Foundation Celebrates 10th Year of Legacy Award

April 2, 2012

Tweet The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) has released a video commemorating its tenth year of awarding its State Parks Legacy Award to deserving state park heroes. The Legacy Award recognizes the efforts of policymakers who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the protection and enhancement of California’s state parks. The video, produced by Primary […]

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Attacked by a Mountain Lion, Saved by a Bear?

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Tweet A Paradise, California man claims he was attacked by a mountain lion and saved by a mother bear, and that he played patty-cake with the bear’s cub on an earlier occasion. Robert Biggs Claims a Mountain Lion Attack… The story about Robert Biggs, age 69, broke in Tuesday’s Paradise Post piece: He wrestled with […]

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Exploring the Grand Canyon’s Slot Canyons

March 23, 2012

Tweet Trailer for Dan Ransom’s Last of the Great Unknown film about exploring the slot canyons that empty into the Grand Canyon/Colorado River. (It’s not northern California, but the Colorado Plateau canyon country is where I go to hike whenever I can.) Last of the Great Unknown – Trailer #1 from Dan Ransom on Vimeo. […]

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Support State Parks at Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento

March 19, 2012

Tweet California State Parks supporters/trail hikers: important event happening tomorrow, March 20, in our state capitol. It’s the… Tenth Annual Park Advocacy Day Advocates to Highlight Efforts to Defend State Parks, Feature Problems Already Happening in Parks Slated for Closure WHO California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) and more than 180 park advocates from across the […]

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