Ten by Ten

PCT mile 228.0 to Whitewater Preserve (10 miles, +1,200/-1,900 feet). Thankfully, the wind died down last night around 8pm and it was calm and warm and not-too-uncomfortable in my sleeping-padless tent.  I slept well. BarnFinder and I packed up and got ready right after daybreak this morning.  I ate my last piece of pizza (it’s…

Pizza Time in Gorgonio

Onyx Summit (mile 252.1) to PCT mile 228.0 (24.1 miles, +2,000/-6,500 feet). Time for another adventure on the PCT!  My buddy BarnFinder and I were originally going to do a section near Mount Baden-Powell, but part of Highway 2 was still closed this week due to snow (what a crazy wet winter we’ve had in…

Frosty Delights

Ridge above Wet Meadow to Shake Camp (12 miles, +1,000/-4,300 feet). It stayed crystal clear last night, and my tent walls were also covered in crystals inside and out from frost and the freezing of my own breath.  The thermometer inside the tent said 30 degrees, but outside it felt closer to 20. Once again,…

A Dark and Stormy Night

Ridge above Wet Meadow to Bullion Flat and back (15 miles, +3,300/-3,300 feet). Last night was the craziest weather I have ever experienced in a tent.  The storm started out with wind and drizzle but it soon stepped up its game, adding lightning and thunder to the mix.  MixMaster and I yelled out to each other,…

1,000 Miles!

Shake Camp to Ridge above Wet Meadow (14 miles, +4,600/-1,300 feet). I needed one more trip to make it to 1,000 miles of hiking since I started this blog (woo hoo!).  I also wanted one last view of the Sierra before winter set in.  So I thought about doing the Mineral King Loop in southern Sequoia National…

Crushing My Knees, Again

Reds Meadow to Agnew Meadows (15 miles, +2,500/-2,000 feet). Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!  I am so, so frustrated.  Today was supposed to be day two of my 80 mile hike to Yosemite Valley.  Instead it is the end of my trip.  My left knee now feels like my right knee did at the end of my trip last…

A Beautiful Blue Duck

Duck Pass Trail to Reds Meadow (20 miles, +2,000/-3,500 feet). This was originally supposed to be my first day on a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail with a couple of friends.   However, I hurt my ankle a couple of weeks ago, MixMaster hurt his back, and BarnFinder broke his toe.  Maybe the Universe is…

Island Pass Perfection

Marie Lakes to Agnew Meadows (14 miles, +1,200/-3,700 feet). After our terrible, terrible experience on Rush Creek yesterday we all agreed that we should not do a there-and-back hike back to Bloody Canyon.  So today we hiked to Agnew Meadows where we could get the bus down to Mammoth.  It was another great day on…

Marie Lakes

Parker Creek to Marie Lakes (16.5 miles, +3,500/-3,500 feet). Today was two truly spectacular hikes that sandwiched a relatively miserable one.  I guess it’s not a coincidence that my emotional energy mirrored the topographical profile of today’s trip…. We awoke energized and ready to tackle the switchbacks headed up Parker Peak. The climb wasn’t bad at all….

Bloody Canyon

Bloody Canyon to Parker Creek (10.5 miles, +3,000/-300 feet). This was an accidental trip. I originally thought about organizing a different hike but I discovered that on the Inyo Wilderness Permit site you can enter a date and group size and it shows you all available trailheads.  I had never heard of many of the ones I saw, so…

A Summit Whirlwind

Ruby Lake to Mosquito Flats via Summit Lake (6 miles, +1,100/-2,000 feet). Today was Day 2 of my Father’s Day trip to the John Muir Wilderness, and I can say without a doubt that it was my favorite day of hiking ever! It started around 5am as we awoke to alpenglow on Ruby Lake. We…

A Ruby for Father’s Day

Mosquito Flats to Ruby Lake via Mills Lake (5 miles, +1,700/-1,000 feet). This morning we set out on a trip that was gifted to me by my sons—a Father’s Day camping trip to Ruby Lake and Mono Pass in the John Muir Wilderness. For a couple of weeks I have been watching the snow melt and…