Backstroke is the trail name alter ego of Cameron McNall. I am an architect, avid swimmer and dedicated yogi living in Los Angeles. I started backpacking in Boy Scouts, solo-walked Hadrian's Wall when I was 15 and the Tour du Mont Blanc at 18. I have always carried a light pack but in recent years have adopted ultralight backpacking "UL" techniques with a pack base-weight that varies between 9 to 11 pounds; Alan has one of the better overview websites about UL: ( In 2017 I completed the Sierra High Route starting in mid-July while there was a lot of snow covering the talus rocks; spent a week to exploring the Kaweah Basin; and did some relaxed trail hiking in SEKI (Sequoia-Kings Canyon). In 2018 I completed a customized version of Andrew Skurka's KCHBR (Kings Canyon High Basin Route), spent five days hiking in the Cotswolds and Wiltshire, England, and am chipping away at climbing all the California 14'ers (trip reports to follow, sometime...). All contemporary photos on this site were taken with an iPhone 6, which is an amazing camera. The homepage photo was taken by my son Reeve with an iPhone 6SE.

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