Tromp Blog

Unbelievable GoPro Footage

A Tasmanian man taught this orphaned pelican to fly. And that's not the most incredible video in this blogpost.

The latest GoPro video to go viral briefly tells the story of a young pelican that is orphaned in the Mahale Mountains of Tanzania, then taught how to fly by its human rescuers—who then affix a Hero3+ to the bird's beak so it can grab some footage of its first flights.

Good Bye to a Waterman

Don Wobber had a lifelong love affair with the Pacific Ocean.

Don Wobber—diver, artist and scientist—passed at his Pacific Grove home on Jan. 21.

Top 5 Rainy Season Hikes

A banana slug inches down a tree trunk in Nisene Marks State Park. Hilltromper photo.

The best places in Santa Cruz County to go hiking in wet weather.

Winner: SC Banff Film Fest Tickets

Erik Erikson -- step right up!

We picked our winner using the old-school method documented in the photo above. Thanks to Marianne Lawlor of Cruzioworks for doing the honors.

Girls Gone Wilder VII: DeLaveaga!

GGW newcomer Alyssa, riding like a natural. HT photo.

Photos and highlights from the Feb. 16 Girls Gone Wilder Wrench 'n' Ride at Bicycle Trip and DeLaveaga.

Win Two Tickets to Banff Film Fest Night 3

'Not Bad,' screening Sunday, stars Cam McCaul of Aptos and six other two-wheeled maniacs.

The Banff Film Fest at Rio Theatre this weekend has been sold out for about a week now, but we've got two tickets to Sunday night's lineup. Read on to learn how to get your mitts on 'em.

River Paddle Day 1

Becca Moeller with her two homemade kayaks, the "Robbie Lynn" and the "Dos Lados." Hilltromper photo.

The morning after Valentine's Day, several dozen people gathered in a parking lot behind the old Royal Taj (now Maharaja) restaurant on Soquel and Riverside and lugged their canoes, kayaks and SUP boards down a grassy embankment to the edge of the San Lorenzo River.

Casting Call for Running Film

It's not like there's a running film made every day.

Do you like to run? Do you sometimes hear a movie soundtrack in your head as you're bounding along the trail? The short film "Freefly Run" will be shot in Santa Cruz Feb. 23–March 4, and the producers are looking for fit male and female runners ages 18-30.

Love in The Wild

During mating season pumas might make sweet love nine times an hour.

In the season of love, our thoughts turn to animal sex.

Wrench and Ride with Girls Gone Wilder

Sunday's ride will peak at the 'Top of the World' in DeLaveaga Park.

Join Girls Gone Wilder and Bicycle Trip for a free "Wrench and Ride" on Sunday—learn some basic bike maintenance and then hit the trails at DeLaveaga.