I’m trying to hit some of the trails that I have not done before so for this Dash trip I found myself in the upper reaches of highway 33 climbing almost 3,000 feet to Chorro Springs Camp. The first part of the trail goes up, over and through a sandy wash, where the effects of the 2006 Day fire can still be seen.
It was a windy day and the higher I climbed the windier it became. And, I hate the wind. Especially this wind that pushed me left and then right and then forward and then backward. BUT wind keeps bugs away and as much as I hate the wind I think I hate little black flies buzzing around my head more. So rather than curse the wind I tried to become one with the wind….AND soon I forgot all about the wind as the rock formations became more interesting, the flowers more intense and the views more expansive.
On this trip I field tested yet another tent! This tent weighs just under 2 pounds and uses a traditional pole system rather than my trekking poles. It is also double walled with a detachable rain fly. But my favorite feature is the side entry door….it is so much easier maneuvering and getting in and out of a tent from the side rather than the front. Not sure if I’m going to keep it…still need to do some more testing.
After I set up camp I hiked the last mile up to Pine Mountain Car Camp, still closed for the winter. The wind at the top was crazy blowing in every direction. I was happy to get back to my camp where the wind was only blowing in two directions and only swirled every now and again. I explored around camp and found some great boulders to climb. This dash trip was a great workout for the Sierra and even better I felt like I was in the Sierra nestled under the pines. Once in my Pea Pod I listened to the wind howl and bang like some unwanted guest trying to get inside.