Sketchy at Best

Granite Park to Pine Creek Pass Trailhead (9 miles, +500/-4,300 feet). We left the storm doors open last night and also had a very light but persistent breeze flowing downhill through the screen doors.  The result was a bone dry tent when we awoke at 5am (yay!). As usual, we packed up and hit the…

Royce Lakes

French Lake to Granite Park (12 miles, +2,500/-2,500 feet). Half Cookie got cold last night so we closed the storm flaps on the tent.  While that did warm things up a few degrees, it also exacerbated condensation and we awoke to a very wet tent!  Not to worry though — out here it is pretty…

French Lake

Pine Creek Pass Trailhead to French Lake (9 miles, +4,300/-500 feet). Well, it’s time once again for my biannual trip with Half Cookie!  The grandparents always come down for our kids’ birthdays, and since that means we have built-in childcare we usually organize a trip before or after (thanks mom and dad!). Half Cookie really…

Spectacular Summit Peak

Guthook CDT mile 854.4 to Elwood Pass (mile 863.3) (8.9 miles, +1,300/-1,700 feet). Okay, I know I have said this before, but the scenery today might just have been the most spectacular I have ever seen. Now that I have built up your expectations, let me begin at the beginning! The altitude, sleep deprivation, and…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Guthook CDT mile 844.6 to mile 854.4 (9.8 miles, +2,500/-1,800 feet). So I learned something last night: sometimes a site can be too slope-y! My sleeping pad kept sliding down the floor of my tent, and I kept sliding down my sleeping pad.  At one point I tied my pad to the tent, which helped a little,…

Surviving the Storm

Guthook CDT mile 829.4 to mile 844.6 (15.2 miles, +1,700/-2,300 feet). I slept surprisingly well last night.  In the past I have always looked for dead flat places to camp, but in a wet environment like this good drainage is key, and good drainage usually means a bit of a slope. Around 6am I jumped…

Welcome to the CDT!

Cumbres Pass (Guthook CDT mile 811.7) to mile 829.4 (17.7 miles, +3,800/-1,700 feet). I was very fortunate to learn recently that one of the people I work with (trailname: Vogue) is a thru-hiking machine!  He has done the AT, the CDT, the PCT (twice!), the CT, and even the GHT (Grand Himalayan Trail). So when…

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…