End of the trail victory pose! My friend S is currently in between careers and she has weekdays off… which means I have a hiking buddy! I never hike alone unless it is a popular easy city hike with lots of people in residential areas. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, if an accident happens, a buddy is a must. You might die doing what you love where you love… alone. Not worth it. This is on my mind because of the recent news of the passing of Mr. Sam on Mt. Baldy. I met him once, and even with all that experience and 700 summits, he is gone now. Again, not worth it. Moving on to happier topics!
Since Southern California has had so much rainfall lately, I’ve been seeking out waterfall hikes. After all, the drought may come back and to be safe I rather do all the hikes with water flowing now just in case it all dries up again. On my todo list from my Afoot & Afield guidebook was Black Star Canyon Falls in the Santa Ana Mountains. You’ve got a pretty unimpressive dirt trail at the beginning, but once you reach this sign the fun begins. There’s a lot of stream crossings and scrambling in this hike Be prepared to have to pull yourself up and over rocks as well as buttslide down some steep slopes. It’s a fun one though! Poles are useful at first but once you have to start bouldering they are more of a hindrance. I still liked using mine though for the non bouldering parts.
Here is my hiking outfit! Another top using McCall’s 7261. This time I used brown mesh for the side panels. This has (obviously) become my favorite activewear top It gives me coverage, movement, and options for whether or not I want a hood, front pocket, or different collar options. And it makes me look good. Hah!
I can’t stop making it. Also it is great for mixing up different fabrics, as I did here. Does this fabric look familiar? It is my mystery $1 a yard fabric from my December FIDM trip. And so far this fabric has been perfect for my activewear sewing!
Mesh, keeping my armpits cool. McCall’s 7261 is a bit on the short side for me, so if I were to make this by itself I would lengthen it a few inches. But this particular version is meant for layering so I went ahead and left it at it’s original short length.
The mesh side panels was too revealing to me so I made the Sewaholic Dunbar tank top to go underneath it in matching fabric. It comes with a built in sports bra, but I left out the foam padding since I didn’t have any. This would make a cute swimsuit too, don’t you think?
No hike right now is complete without a snake sighting. This one is a gopher snake and he is harmless, but still, not something you are happt to see. Thankfully we saw him when we were close to our car on the pavement so we had ample notice to avoid it.
I actually made a pair of leggings also using McCall’s 7261 to go with the tops. But I do not hike in leggings. Especially leggings with mesh. With overgrown trails, bugs, dirt, sand, etc. – I stick to hiking pants. Yoga leggings are for indoor or city activities. Thus, I wore the indoor version recently while climbing indoors.
Not bad, don’t you think!? It’s fun to wear and easy to move around it. I do worry about the knees being mesh, since the knees have the most contact with the wall during climbing or the ground during yoga. I will see how much abuse the mesh can take before it rips. In the future I will remember to put the most durable fabric at the knees and leave the mesh for areas of the body that don’t have as much contact with walls or mats.
Another note about mesh – the seam lines will show. It doesn’t bother me. But if it bothers you… plan ahead! And cut your fabric in ways to avoid it. I actually think it is quite nice to have that those extra style lines. Also, I topstitched all the seam allowances to keep it from flipping out on certain areas. Namely, anytime I had mesh to opaque fabric, I made sure to top stitch the seam allowance toward the opaque fabric so that it would be flip out toward the mesh and be seen. A zig zag stitch took care of all of that.