Backpacking essentials: water (obvs), snacks (tons), good boots, 2 socks, sunscreen, hat, shades, layers, poles...and the list goes on...you'd think it would take a while to plan a big climb, but with determination and willpower, you can make it happen almost instantly! I decided I was going to climb Mt San Jacinto on Friday...so I got together all my gear, drove out to the mountains that night, camped alone, woke up at 4:30 Saturday morning, and start my climb...also alone! More on that story in another post :) but long story short, where there's a will, there's a way! And I've gotta say...the view from the top was pretty damn rewarding!!