Up, Up, U P!

Up, Up, U P!
August 23, 2014 Sphinx creek camp 6,280 to Cunningham creek. 15.1 miles…. Up 4,020 feet down 2,568 feet up 1,050 feet (total elevation loss/gain tdy 7,638 feet!) I’m awake at 5:15, the first light has not yet shown itself. I know I have a long hard day ahead and want to get an early start ...

Down, Down. D O W N!

Down, Down. D O W N!
August 22, 2014 13 miles Lake Reflection 10,300 -Sphinx Creek 6,280 Six A.M. toasty warm, snuggled inside my Zpak sleeping bag, I watch the first rays of sun caress the jagged peaks high above Lake Reflection. I hear voices and see a backpacker walking up the trail….where ever they came from they sure got an ...

Crashing Through The Willows

Crashing Through The Willows
August 21, 2014 Lower Vidette Meadow 10,000 to Lake Reflection 10,300. 8 miles plus a lot of bush whacking. Descend 2,000 feet ascend 2,300 feet. A crisp clear Sierra morning greeted me when I emerged from my tent after 9, count them 9, magnificent hours of sleep. With the help of my magnifying square and ...

Circle of Solitude 1

Circle of Solitude
Circle of Solitude August 20, 2014 Onion Valley Trailhead 9.192 feet over Kearsarge Pass 11.845 feet to Lower Vidette Meadow 10,000 9.5 miles. After I futzed around at the trailhead bear proofing my car, taking anything with a scent out and storing in the bear lockers then I futzed around with my backpack, almost forgetting ...

How to Pack a Bear Can 1

How to Pack a Bear Can
August 19, 2014 I just picked up my permit and will start backpacking The Circle of Solitude tomorrow. Inside my bear canister I have packed 8 days worth of food, which is no small feat. ¬†And no, I didn’t use my feet to stuff the can! I did however take the big bear can and ...