My friend Joonas and I had been planning an early June trip to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite. We had a permit for June 4. Unfortunately for us, they opened for backpacking on the 5th, which meant we needed to find an alternate trip.Continue reading “Desolation Wilderness backpacking loop”
It’s less than a month until I’m heading out to Patagonia for a 2-week bikepacking trip. Before heading out, I wanted to do a trial run to make sure my bike and all my gear work and to get a feel for where everything goes on the bike.Continue reading “San Francisco Bay Area overnight bike packing trip”
Day 14 – 186miles, 4170ft ascent
I had prepared everything for the morning before going to bed. I’d gone through what I needed to do and in what order. I was packed up 20 minutes after my alarm went off. I even had time to have a quick coffee while I waited for Robbie to get ready.Continue reading “JMT: Crabtree Meadows to Mt. Whitney”
Day 13 – 19.5miles, 4000ft ascent
We woke up at 5. We wanted to get over Forrester Pass and Bighorn Plateau before any storms started forming.Continue reading “JMT: Forrester Pass and Crabtree Meadows”
Day 12 – 16.3 miles, 4575ft ascent
I slept in until 6:30 and had breakfast before heading out. The day started out in deep, dark woods, but the views started opening up as I gained elevation.Continue reading “JMT: Rae Lakes and Glenn Pass”
Day 11 – 21.1 miles, 3340ft ascent
My feet felt like lead after the previous day. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my breakfast and packed up camp just after seven and headed towards Mather pass.Continue reading “JMT: Palisade Lakes to the Woods Creek bridge”
Day 8 – 20.3 miles, 4400 ft ascent.
I woke up at 6, so I would have enough time to get everything in order before the morning ferry back to the other side of the lake. I packed up my tent and waited for the restaurant to open.Continue reading “JMT: VVR to Senger Creek”
Day 7 – 15.2 miles, 1900 ft ascent.
Even though I camped well above the lake, I woke up to a wet tent and quilt. The sun wasn’t hitting my campsite yet, so I packed up everything wet and got going. I figured I’d stop later to dry out everything.Continue reading “JMT: Virginia Lake to VVR”
Day 6 – 16.4 miles, 3800 ft ascent.
I didn’t sleep as well as I thought I would in a real bed. The AC and fridge were making a lot of noise. Especially to someone that’s gotten used to the quiet of the forest.Continue reading “JMT: Red’s Meadow to Virginia Lake”
Day 5 – 15 miles, 1830 ft ascent.
It was much warmer than the night before, but I still slept cold. I could feel the cold radiate through my sleeping pad. I think that the shady place I camped at must have held snow until very recently and that the ground was still cold.Continue reading “JMT: Garnet Lake to Red’s Meadow and Mammoth”