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Hiking Soon? Here’s What To Know Before You Go.

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Mount Baldy, photographed here in 2019, has bee the site or more than 230 rescues and eight fatalities since 2017.
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I absolutely love hiking, but do you know what scares me as an amateur backpacker? Really steep trails. I couldn’t even think about hiking anywhere right after all that the rain we had earlier. A lot of trails washed out and there was debris flow and mud in several favorite spots. This weekend, we could see more rain showers, too, as the Santa Ana winds let up. And in that mountains, that could mean snow.

Taking Caution While Hiking

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It’s scary out there. Rescue search teams are still looking for actor Julian Sands, who went missing in the Mount Baldy area during a solo hike two weeks ago. Another hiker, Jin Chung, went missing in the same area Sunday, but was found by Tuesday. He was taken to the hospital. Another man is missing near Mount Islip.

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It should be noted that these men were experienced hikers. But simply put, natural environments have their risks.

My colleague Jill Replogle, who herself loves to hike, wrote about the risks of hitting the trails right now in Southern California, given the current weather with ice and snow, not to mention high winds. Then, when things start warming up, there could be the risk of wet slides, which are like warm weather avalanches.

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Jill spoke to a number of mountaineering and outdoor experts who all agree that this winter’s conditions are just not something most Southern Californians are used to. As much as we fancy ourselves outdoorsy people, most of us do not have the skills to handle difficult terrain, or the tools. Especially in backcountry areas outside the city. Mount Baldy can be particularly treacherous — according to Outside, so far in 2023, 15 people have been rescued in the area.

So, if you plan on taking a trek soon, please read Jill's story, write notes and take heed. She has some great information and tips on how to be smart outdoors. We want you to be as safe as possible, while getting your dosage of Vitamin D.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below — just keep reading.

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Cheap Fast Eats: Culver City Edition

A white plate of food on a black surface contains a quarter piece of roasted chicken, with a side of green, black beans, a crumbly textured side dished called farofa that is a pale yellow color, white rice, and chopped up green peppers, white onions, and tomatoes as a garnish
Sexy Beans offers it's juicy rotisserie chicken along with a side of it's Brazilian black beans also known as feijoada, containing choice cuts of beef and pork.
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One of my favorite places to run (shout out to Keep It Run Hundred 3-6 mile Tuesdays!) AND to grub with a friend is Culver City. The restaurants out there never cease to amaze me and my eclectic taste buds. Now, our very own Gab Chabrán, LAist associate editor for food and culture, has a list of restaurants that I’ve never even heard of that I cannot wait to try.

I’m not going to lie, the first place that caught my eye was Sexy Beans. My first thought: how in the world can beans be sexy? Well, Brazilian Chef Simoni Siqueira and her kitchen staff definitely know how to make a plate of rotisserie chicken, Brazilian black beans and bitter greens look darn good enough to chow down in 5 seconds. The key is how the stewed beans, or the feijoada, are made.

So…are you like me? Hungry just by looking at the plate of food in the photo above? Good. Now, all you have to do is read the rest of Gab’s article and feast your eyes on vegetable-filled empanadas, sweetly-seasoned teriyaki burgers, and spicy jerk chicken with some reggae bread. Or even better, listen to him and my colleague Brian De Los Santos chow down on it all in the latest episode of How To LA. Yum!

Alright, y’all. It’s not even noon yet and my stomach is rumbling. Looks like I’m going to try to hit up a lunch or dinner date to Culver City later on today. Have a great weekend!

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