Tromp Blog

The Outdoor Poet: Janet Trenchard

Two poems by the local artist, poet and former high school teacher.

Happy Undeserved Spring

Al Frisby knows where the wildflowers are blooming and he can show you how to shoot 'em. Details below.

How (and why) to love the season anyway.

The Outdoor Poet: Anonymous

In this week's Outdoor Poet, a very old poem celebrating spring. Believed to have been written in the 13th century in Wessex, England, it was used during the climactic scene in the cult horror flick "Wicker Man." This is a modern translation.

Surfing With The Island Girl

Nina Ke'alohi Dodge schooling everybody in the lineup. Photo courtesy Nina Ke'alohi Dodge.

A surf lesson with Hawaii-born surf instructor Nina Ke'alohi Dodge gets students in touch with the power of the ocean.

The One-Page Backpacker's Guide

You don't need a $400 two-pound tent like Carl's to be warm and comfy in the backcountry. Carl Uebelhart photo.

Our backpacking oracle spills the beans on what you really need to tromp the backcountry.

The Outdoor Poet: Pam O'Shaughnessy

Giant kelp forest by Claire Fackler/NOAA.

Poems about familiar places by the Santa Cruz poet.

So Long, Buz

Buz Bezore and Kelly Luker in a 2009 15th anniversary photo shoot for Metro Santa Cruz. Photo by Dina Scoppettone.

What does the passing of an alternative journalism legend have to do with Hilltromper? Nothing. Except that Hilltromper wouldn’t exist without him.

Minimalist Running in The Pogonip

Josh Stiles of Shamma Sandals, left, and his buddy Brice running at Pogonip in minimalist sandals.

Video of Josh Stiles of Shamma Sandals running in the Pogonip wearing minimalist running sandals.

Deal of The Day: Wilderness Survival Class

Quest for Fire: Adventure Out is offering its Wilderness Survival Clinic for $75 on March 8—a $50 savings.

Who hasn't wondered what would happen if you got lost—really lost—in the woods? This weekend only take $50 off Adventure Out's Wilderness Survival Class and learn how to survive like our ancestors did.

The Best Places to Celebrate Daylight Savings

Soak it up—starting this Sunday the sun sets an hour later. Photo by J.L.F. Hu.

The top 5 places to hike, bike, beach and celebrate longer days in Santa Cruz.