Tony Krizan

Tony Krizan

Hiking into history

Last year on Sept. 29, Clem Bingham and I set out on an adventure to relocate a military mystery. From previous research, this lone aircraft was assumed to have been removed from this site back in 1941. As the story reads: On Oct. 24, 1941, 19 P-40 aircraft were on a training mission over California. Lieutenant John H. Pease was the first of five to develop engine problems and forced to bail out. He survived and his bird was forgotten, lost to the importance of WWII.

Tony Krizan

Must do hikes for Spring

West of Tioga Pass Road is two old forgotten mining towns. One is called Dana City, located above the upper Gaylor Lake at 10,840 feet. The trailhead is located west of Yosemite’s east gate at an elevation of 9,970 feet.

Tony Krizan

Storms bring snow, spring will be exciting

After five years of drought, 2017 started out with over double the amount of rain and snow from previous years. With road washouts, overflowing streams and the testing of our skills installing and removing tire chains, it’s not fun having the entire winter season in one month.

Tony Krizan

Snowshoe Yosemite’s wilderness

What does one do with a new pair of snowshoes? First find a buddy with the same equipment and then plan a trek into the wilderness. With our snow level below 5,000 feet, there are a few choices of trailheads. I chose the Snow Park Area just before the south entrance to Yosemite National Park.

Tony Krizan

Chasing history

Sometimes we make major decisions after some forethought and other times they are just spur of the moment ideas. Roughly 30 days before I decided to visit family in Ohio for the holidays, I thought to myself ... what if I shared one of those historical hikes into Kings Canyon National Park looking for those five P-40 fighter aircraft that crashed? Maybe someone in Ohio may be interested in our California aviation history.

Tony Krizan

Stranded at Mono Hot Springs

Christmas is almost here and 2016 is rapidly coming to a close. It’s difficult to believe I’ll soon be starting my 13th year of sharing my wilderness adventures with Sierra Star readers. I dug back into my files and decided to share my original adventure that was published in the Sierra Star on Jan. 14, 2005 - Stranded at Mono Hot Springs.

Tony Krizan

Easy access to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Our winter season is once again upon us as Eastern Madera County received several inches of snow between Nov. 26 and 27. Gone are those dusty trails and bright colored wildflowers that covered the hillsides and canyons within our mountain wilderness. Mother Nature is always reliable and brings back those memories from previous years with each season change.

Tony Krizan

Along the Pacific Crest Trail part 2

At the conclusion of my last article, I joyfully described the relief we experienced when that huge black bear we met along the trail decided to depart over the adjoining ridge. After that experience I developed a habit of looking over my shoulder while walking along the trail for the next few hours.

Tony Krizan

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

During my first two decades of hiking adventures into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of my favorite treks was along the Pacific Crest Trail, starting at Florence Lake and completing this five-day hike at the Bear Creek Trailhead. Joining me on a recent hike on the trail were my good friends Nancy, Christa and my dog Smokey.

Tony Krizan

Only one P-40 remains lost

This historic story started over 74 years ago on Oct. 20, 1941. That was when a flight of 25 Curtiss Wright P-40 aircraft from the 57th Aero Squadron based at Windsor Locks Army Air Field in Connecticut. The planes were selected to perform a series of hops across the United States to test the capability of our Army Air Force if needed to defend our nation.

Tony Krizan

Mysteries of peak bagging

For those of you who have been following my progress within the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, especially my adventures along the San Joaquin River, you’ll know many historical places along this narrow corridor are difficult to locate because of its steep granite walls.

Tony Krizan

Returning to the Wilderness

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from an old hiking buddy Greg Winslow. During the 80s and 90s, we spent many days hiking many remote areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Tony Krizan

Another forgotten stagecoach road

Wherever I travel within this golden state of California, someone introduces me to part of its history. Recently I visited friends in Southern California at the western end of the San Fernando Valley. From the 118 freeway I could see miles of irregular rock formations identified as the Chatsworth Mountains. Just east of those mountains, below those gigantic rock formations, I could see the town of Chatsworth.

Tony Krizan

Aviation mystery solved

On June 28, I received an email from a hiker who stumbled across an aircraft crash site while cross-country hiking. He wasn’t positive of the model identification, and after he located my name on the internet, he sent me photos of the wreckage. Once reviewing each photo, I called for a second opinion from a professional restorer of WWII military aircraft, Kent Lentz. Twenty minutes later I received his response; yes that wreck-site is a Curtis Wright P-40 fighter aircraft.

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The 129th Rescue Wing shows its recent firefighting efforts in Northern California. The crew on the Pave Hawk helicopter, included Major Nate Nowaski, Capt. Tyler Gibson, Staff Sgt. Christian Meyers and Senior Airman Ryan Dumatol. Video was posted July 17, 2017.
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