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Mile crushing

Jun 30

Mile crushing

Phone battery issue nearly resolved with the addition of a 5oz 7000 mAh Poweradd battery pack. It has enough juice to charge my Nexus 3x to full. I’m adding a second battery pack in Seiad Valley just because I like having a working phone more than I like being ultra light.

It’s been a while

Jun 20

It’s been a while

Sorry for the lack of updates. The tree coverage has put a damper on my ability to sap juice from the sun with my Suntactics sCharger-5 solar panel.

Thunderstorm

Jun 9

Thunderstorm

After resupplying in northern Kennedy Meadows I thumbed a ride back up to Sonora pass and started my way up the unnamed pass around 3:30pm. Clouds loomed overhead and an occasional sprinkle that eventually turned to snow flakes as I climbed in elevation rained from the heavens. Not enough to warrant rain gear but an unexpected down pour worried me. As I saddled the pass thunder could be heard east in the distance. I picked up my pace and powered through postholes eventually finding myself on a consistent trail by 6pm. I continued down the valley till 8pm managing 7 miles, a total of 15 for the day.

Just Charlie and I

Jun 8

Just Charlie and I

I took advantage of Caleb’s drop off to run home (his wife came to tuolumne and got him) and grab some new gear that arrived later than expected. Those were a new pair of merino wool mittens, some Opsaks so I can carry more food and a large spoon so I’m not getting my knuckles in said food. I savored the zero mile day and jumped on transit the next morning spending over 8 hours on different buses getting myself back to Yosemite. I then had to hitch from the valley with 3 different cars finally getting myself to Tuolumne… Only to find out the post office still wasn’t officially opened yet. Fortunately the post master was a nice dude and got me my packages while they were inventorying. While I was at the Tuolumne store I met a guy named Charlie. Charlie has the smallest backpack I’ve seen on the trail and by his looks I was positive he was crushing miles (moving fast).

The trail life is not for Caleb

Jun 2

The trail life is not for Caleb

So my buddy Caleb expressed interest in joining my adventure for a short 100 mile section starting at Reds Meadows and ending at Sonora pass. Like every beginner he over researched, over packed, and didn’t listen. He also did a poor job hydrating and the moment we started to climb out of Reds Meadows the elevation wrecked him.

Trail blazers

May 26

Trail blazers

Ice Axe? Check. Food? Check.

The last few days reminded me why I’m doing this. Adventure.

Forrester’s Pass

May 15

Forrester’s Pass

Up at 5:40am and it’s 10 degrees outside. I survived the night by draping my rain jacket over my bag and wearing everything to sleep. We hit the trail by 6am. Today’s goal, forrester’s pass. I managed to pack faster than Burning Daylight and headed up from mile 771, Wallace Creek. The sun cast a gold color on the mountains before me as I held my hands in a clenched fist inside my jacket.

Snow, lots of snow

May 13

Snow, lots of snow

Today is the 30th day since starting the trail. That’s one full month! Exciting. We broke camp around 5:45am and opted to go slow. Our destination lay only 20 miles from camp so it would be an easy day.

Training is over

May 11

Training is over

On Friday May 9th at around 10am in the morning I made it to Kennedy Meadows, mile 702. For me this was a big milestone because it meant I would be officially entering the Sierra’s, California’s  premier mountain range and possibly one of the most beautiful stretches of granite topped peaks in the world.