My previous backpacking trip to Desolation Wilderness had been a nice and leisurely weekend stroll. This time around, I wanted something more physically demanding and adventurous. I wanted to go higher, farther, and off-trail. Ideally, I wanted to go to Ansel Adams wilderness to revisit some of my favorite places along the JMT.Continue reading “Awesome 3-night JMT & PCT backpacking trip in Ansel Adams”
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 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 10 – 25.4 miles, 4100 ft ascent.
Today would be a long day. I started my climb up towards Muir Pass just after 7. Muir Pass would be the snowiest pass on the entire trail. Just a week before I headed out, the satellite images showed several miles of nonstop snow cover.Continue reading “JMT: Evolution Lake to Upper Palisade Lake”
Day 9 – 20.6 miles, 3700 ft ascent.
I slept well after the long day. I had some breakfast, packed up camp, and headed toward Muir Trail Ranch for my resupply. I was only a few miles from MTR, and it was all downhill. I ate my last Snickers bar on the just before I arrived. So far, my food planning was spot on.Continue reading “JMT: Senger Creek to Evolution Lake”
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”
Day 4 – 10.8 miles, 1120 ft ascent.
The night was cold. My watch showed 37F when I woke up. But on the upside, my tent and gear were dry, so a significant improvement over the previous night.Continue reading “JMT: Lyell Canyon to Garnet Lake”