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…

Lower Soldier Lake

Cottonwood Pass Trailhead to Lower Soldier Lake (11 miles, +1,400/-600 feet). Today was day one of a planned three-day trip with MixMaster and BarnFinder, and the first day either of them have spent in the Sierra backcountry.  It’s a little late in the year to be so high up, but so far we have had…