Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Yolo County Mountain Peaks & Hilltops (California, USA).

Hiking, scrambling & climbing to the top to see the grand views !!

Here are some named peaks and hilltops in Yolo County. The highest peaks are located in the north-western portion of Yolo County, mostly around Capay Valley. Let me know about any other peaks that should be added to the list. If you hike these peaks please send in a trip report describing the trail or cross-country route you used to reach the summit.

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Full-Screen Map - Mountain Peaks of Yolo County.

N 38.78684 W 122.12303 - Bald Mountain - elevation 1,811 ft. (A)
N 38.76218 W 122.20721 - Big Rock - elevation 1,421 ft. (B)

N 38.88350 W 122.20942 - Blue Cliff - elevation 528 ft. (D)
N 38.64302 W 122.11804 - Canterbury Mountain - elevation 2,438 ft. (E)
N 38.76524 W 122.11913 - Capay Hills - elevation 1,378 ft. (F)
N 38.69462 W 122.17109 - Chimney Rock - elevation 1,348 ft. (G)
N 38.86295 W 122.19109 - China Peak - elevation 1,129 ft. (H)
N 38.79434 W 121.95525 - Dunnigan Hills - elevation 285 ft. (I)
N 38.61524 W 122.09609 - Edgar Peak - elevation 2,238 ft. (J)
N 38.89267 W 122.29071 - Fiske Peak - elevation 2868 ft. (K)
N 38.91997 W 122.30360 - Glascock Mountain - elevation 2,405 ft. (L)
N 38.66497 W 122.12636 - Jackson Bluffs - elevation 1,959 ft. (M)
N 38.90052 W 122.35388 - Langs Peak - elevation 2,654 ft. (M)
N 38.90683 W 122.41626 - Little Blue Peak - elevation 3120 ft. (O)
N 38.85599 W 122.28961 - Lowrey Peak - elevation 3038 ft. (P)
N 38.67878 W 121.85858 - Monument Hill - elevation 157 ft. (Q)
N 38.73025 W 122.11360 - Sugarloaf - elevation 699 ft. (R)
N 38.79462 W 122.18776 - Sweitzer Hills - elevation 584 ft.(S)
N 38.89070 W 122.27485 - Valley Vista Lookout Point - elevation 2266 ft. (T)
N 38.58524 W 122.11192 - Wild Cow Mountain - elevation 2,247 ft. (U)
N 38.64407 W 122.16026 - Windy Point - elevation 2,838 ft. (V)

Note: Berryessa Peak (elevation 3057 ft.) (N 38.66383 W 122.19054) Access to the public land on Berryessa Peak is blocked due to the surrounding private land.

For more information:
Yolo County Mountain Peaks - MountainZone.
SummitPost - Fiske Peak, Glascock Mountain, Little Blue Peak, Lowery Peak.
YoloHiker - Blue Ridge Trail, Fiske Peak, Lowery Peak, Valley Vista Lookout Point.
California Hiking Trails - Statewide Information.
Biking, Hiking & Camping Trip Reports - BRT Insights.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010


PowerT Hydration Juice - healthy homemade energy-sports drink recipe.

Energy-Sports drink provides caffeine plus optimum hydration for maximum performance in your favorite sports activities.

There is some old literature saying that caffeine acts as a diuretic to dehydrate our bodies. More recent information suggests that the dehydration effect is not significant unless caffeine intake is very high (Caffeine is not dehydrating - MayoClinic) (Laying the Caffeine - Dehydration Myth to Rest).

This opens the possibility for an energy-hydration drink designed both to maintain good hydration and to boost energy in athletes. Hydration is critical to maintain muscle function during prolonged, intense sports activities. Caffeine-based energy drinks are well accepted for giving people a power boost for endurance sports and/or everyday activities.

Tea & fruit juice make a great do-it-yourself (DIY) drink for power and hydration.

My PowerT Hydration Juice DIY recipe is based on the EnerT recipe and my Hydration Fruit-Ade sports drink recipe. This combines the energy stimulation and healthy ingredients from the tea with the hydration and improved muscle recovery from the fruit juices. In fact, the colorful pomegranate, cherry, grape and blueberry juices that help to reduce muscle soreness have strong flavors that blend well with the tea. The sugar from these juices helps to counteract the bitterness of the tea so refined sugar additions are not needed.

PowerT Hydration Juice Homemade Recipes for 2 quarts (64 oz = 8 cups).

Bottled fruit juices vary greatly in the amounts of sugar that they contain. The Nutrition Facts label on your juice tells how much sugar it contains per 8 oz serving. Use the table below to dilute your chosen fruit juice to the exact sugar level that is needed in the energy-sports drink. The tea is brewed using part of the water from the recipe and then added to the other ingredients. Morton Lite Salt contains sodium chloride and potassium chloride. Add stevia natural sweetener if more sweetness or flavor enhancement is needed.

sugar per 8 oz serving amount juice amount water amount tea amount Lite Salt
8g 64 oz 0 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp
12g 43 oz 21 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp
16g 32 oz 32 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp
24g 21 oz 43 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp
32g 16 oz 48 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp
40g 13 oz 51 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp
48g 11 oz 53 oz 8 tea bags 1/4 tsp

PowerT Hydration Lemon-Lime energy-sports drink DIY recipe.

PowerT Hydration Lemon-Lime requires a modified recipe because these fruit juices provide little or no sugar. Therefore this recipe uses refined sugar or stevia natural no-calorie sweetener to balance the bitterness of the tea and the sourness of the citrus juice.

Recipes for 2 quarts (64 oz = 8 cups). 1/2 cup lemon or lime juice, 2 quarts water, 8 tea bags, 1/4 tsp Lite Salt, 1/4 cup sugar.
Brew the tea in part of the water, then add it to the other ingredients.

PowerT energy-sports drink recipe - Home Version.

I use this "home version" energy-sports drink to help maintain good hydration when I'm not intensely exercising.

PowerT Hydration Juice - recipe as above minus the Lite Salt.
PowerT Hydration Lemon-Lime - minus the salt and sugar, sweeten with stevia.

What energy-sports drinks do you use during prolonged, intense activities?

Please add a comment here to let me know if you try my PowerT energy-sports drink home made recipe. What kinds of teas and fruit juices do you like to make the best DIY energy-sports drinks? Let me know if you have a modified recipe or a different recipe that you like better than the PowerT Hydration Juice homemade DIY recipe described above.

More about:
Homemade Energy Drink Recipe Made Using Healthy Natural Tea.
Grape juice sports drink homemade recipe for hydration and reducing muscle soreness in athletes.
Hydration Fruit-Ade - homemade sports drink DIY recipe made from natural fruit juice.
Food & Drink for Outdoor Activities - BRT Insights.

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Monday, September 06, 2010


Homemade Energy Drink Recipe Made Using Healthy Natural Tea.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) energy drink boosts your power and your health.

I really like the EnerT energy drink homemade recipe that contains caffeine from tea with sugar and lemon juice for flavor (EnerT the DIY energy drink - Yaniverse), but 2 tea bags for 4 cups of drink does not provide very much energy stimulation. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee, so I want at least 1 tea bag per cup to make an energy drink that will give me a useful power boost.

John Weisburger, PhD, senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention "recommends drinking six to 10 cups of black or green tea throughout the day ..." (Antioxidants in Tea - WebMD) to promote good health, so drinking large amounts of tea as an energy drink provides a double benefit.

"Green tea has been extensively studied in people, animals, and laboratory experiments. Results from these studies suggest that green tea may be useful for the following health conditions: Atherosclerosis ... High cholesterol ... Cancer ... Inflammatory Bowel Disease ... Diabetes ... Liver disease ... Weight loss ... tooth decay ... inflammatory diseases." (Green tea health benefits - Univ Maryland Medical Center)

Commercial bottled tea drinks taste great, but unfortunately the healthy components from the tea are removed during processing (Sugary bottled teas strip out antioxidants, health benefits). Thus, these bottled tea drinks are just another flavor of junk food in our grocery stores, no good for energy or for health.

Tea that you brew at home is a very healthy natural drink. "Black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols" which rank them among the highest for antioxidant potential among plant-based foods." (Which tea offers the most health benefits? - HealthCastle) Tea promotes cardiovascular health, reduces cancer risks and improves immune function. (Research on the Potential Health Benefits of Tea - Tea Assoc USA) "Regular tea drinkers, people who drink two cups or more a day, have less heart disease and stroke, lower total and LDL (often called "bad") cholesterol, and ... they recover from heart attacks faster." (Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea - WebMD) Many health professionals agree that "green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health." (Green Tea Health Benefits - WebMD) Brassica Tea contains even more antioxidant through additions of SGS, a natural antioxidant found in broccoli which helps in removing free radicals from the body and helps in reducing the risk of cancer. (Brassica Tea)

More about:
PowerT Hydration Juice - healthy DIY energy-sports drink recipe - BRT Insights.
Energy drinks boost your metabolism for better sports performance - BRT Insights.
Sports Drinks for Hydration of Outdoor Athletes - BRT Insights.
Food & Drink for Outdoor Activities - BRT Insights.

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Sunday, September 05, 2010


Energy drinks boost your metabolism for better athletic performance in your favorite outdoor sports activities.

Commercial energy drinks contain sugar, caffeine and sometimes various mystery ingredients such as ephedrine, taurine, ginseng, B-vitamins, guarana seed, carnitine, creatine, inositol, ginkgo biloba (How do energy drinks work? - TLC Cooking)(Truth About Energy Drinks - squidoo) and choline (Home made energy drinks - Jim Ley). I have lots of experience on how sugar and caffeine affect my body. I'm not so sure about consuming these pharmaceuticals and exotic herbs because their energy effects are not so clear and their dosage vs. toxicity effects are not so well studied.

Energy drinks: Do they really give me energy? - MayoClinic.
Energy Drinks: Hazardous to Your Health? - Web MD.

A multitude of energy drink brands and flavors have recently appeared in our stores. Please add a comment to describe your favorite energy drink, the effects it has on your body and how you use it before, during or after strenuous activities.

More about:
PowerT Hydration Juice - energy-sports drink - healthy DIY recipe - BRT Insights.
Athletes need Good Hydration for Optimum Sports Performance - BRT Insights.
Sports Drinks for Hydration of Outdoor Adventurers - BRT Insights.
Food & Drink for Outdoor Activities - BRT Insights.

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