West Coast Best Coast Wrap Up

Well, we’re here in Los Angeles, after four days of pedal to the metal driving down Highway 1 from Portland to Los Angeles. The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the nation’s most popular bicycle touring routes and unfortunately, that also means it’s one of the most popular RV / Camper / no-clue how to drive windy road tourist destinations.

Crowds are no fun, traffic accidents are worse but the whole time, through the creeping traffic, we found solitude in simply pulling over and soaking in the canvases mother nature painted for us around each bend.

Places I had stopped while I was cycle touring were so familiar and since we were driving, we were able to spend a bit more time exploring, hopping fences and eating, a lot.

After we left off in Yachats, Oregon, we hauled ass to the Humboldt Redwoods, where we set up camp for the night, just in time for a no-show sunset. From there, off to Pt. Reyes – then Santa Cruz to see Garrett and Vince at Strawfoot – before spending our last night in Big Sur.

I shot a ton of medium format film, which I’ll develop in a few weeks and maybe pull a show together for the Radavist HQ.

Key products used:
Alite Mayfly Chair: Lightweight, easy to set up, comfortable camp chair.
Boreas Tiago 2-person tent: freaking WHITE – amazingly bright space, double-pole buttress for more head room.
Mission Workshop Orion jacket: it rains on the coast!
Rugged Tec speaker: my pickup didn’t have an aux port or bluetooth for iPhone jams.
Snowpeak: made in Japan, titanium camp wares.
Woolrich blanket: from Sawyer Supply in Santa Cruz. Kept me warm!
Woodlands flannel: Same thing, but you wear it.
Benchmade custom Griptilian knife: made in Portland, orange and black!
Aeropress: inverted method. Best camp coffee.
Coleman’s Steel Belted Cooler: Two bags of ice over four days kept everything cool.
Western Mountaineering bag: made in the USA down sleeping bag.

  • Aaron Beasley

    whats that tiny coffee grinder? I’ve been looking for a camping coffee grinder.

  • Matt Long

    Great as usual!

  • theboucher

    Geez, thanks a lot. Just spent 20 minutes on the Benchmade custom website, and I STILL can’t pick a design.

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  • Looks great. Can’t wait to see the film set.

  • Patrick Murphy

    #15 and #50. Good lord. Apparently I’m a sucker for light coming from behind things…

  • KT

    I like that All City pocket knife. sweet pics!

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    666 666

  • Jeremy Magner

    Mammatus – The Coast Explodes


  • Ian Connelly

    So what’s the scoop on the Boreas tent? I love the design and the way they look but a) they are way more expensive than a comparable Big Agnes or Marmot (2 examples) and b) are of new, unproven design/durability etc which makes them seem even more expensive. I love my Bolinas backpack, but am not sure about laying down $400 for the tent.

    +1 on the Mammatus post!

    • Cost is tough, because of their smaller production runs when compared to BA or MSR. They feel plenty durable, but because they’re white, they get dirty easily.

      • Any comments on wind stability? I’ve been using an MSR Hubba Hubba for years which is great, but the fly pole doesn’t do well in direct wind.

        • It seemed fine when we were camping on a windy bluff and on the beach.

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  • Pieter Sheridan

    Adventure is out there! Fun is out there!

  • oopsi diditagain

    hi ,what size jacket are you wearing in the photo ? i am thinking about purchasing a mw jacket .. an i am a bit conflicted on sizes.

    • I wear a Large t-shirt and it’s usually baggy, a large kit in Castelli / Endo and a Large Orion – the XL was too baggy for me.

  • Curtis Ward

    Hi John

    The pictures look great are these with your 5d?

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  • Bayo30

    Hi John,

    Awesome pictures !

    When was that? weather looks pretty bad and cold no? (Actually I plan to drive from LA to SF beginning of November and I don’t know how to wear :) (I’m from south of France)

    • Last week. The coast always looks like that in southern oregon and in areas like big sur. It was actually warm and sunny on the road.

  • I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I do know I want it to be on that coast. Thanks for sharing John, these were awesome!

  • Jake Kruse

    spent the last week riding from SF to LA and hanging out in a lot of these places along the way… big sur was better than i ever could have imagined. cool to see these places from your perspective!

  • Brett Rothmeyer

    yeah what Kerry said. Just luck that your plate doubled down on triple 6’s

  • kermitonwheels

    I think number 40 is my favourite shot of yours for the year. I just saw it on a side link and came back.