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.

Before Kennedy Meadows, however, I walked by one of the shittiest milestone (pictured below) I’ve ever seen. We also walked along a very beautiful river I want to fish (also pictured).

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It’s now been several weeks backpacking with Burning Daylight, he’s shared pretty much every story I think he can and it’s been pleasant. We did the typical resupply dance at Kennedy Meadows, cleaned up, washed clothing, ate tons of food. We checked out Tom’s place, a trail angel in town and found fellow backpackers relaxing about. Tom’s place seemed nice at a glance but after poking our heads into the many motor homes on the property used as backpacker hotels Tom’s place was not far off from a 3rd world shanty town. It made my pad and bag seem like a 4 star hotel.

That evening I bought a pack of hotdogs and gathered with a few others around one of Tom’s fire pits trading stories and roasting dogs. It was a good night.

We woke up and and packed, by 6am we were on the trail again. We walked through one of the largest high alpine meadows in the Sierra’s, it was beautiful (pictured).

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As the day ran on we could see Mt. Whitney. (Pictured, snowcapped off to the right)

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With 28 miles for the day we setup camp. That night was the coldest yet and my sleeping system didn’t cut it. I’ll be grabbing a new bag or a silk liner at the next opportunity.

The next day was windy. I’m really sick of the wind. Rain I can handle, snow too… but not wind. Fortunately it was beautiful, the Sierra’s don’t disappoint. This made up for the wind.

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It was a 22 mile day. Tomorrow we sleep right before Forrester pass to cross it in the morning followed by Kearsarge. Hopefully they are easy! I’m looking forward to Lone Pine. I’m also looking a bit rugged…

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