Goodbye for now, Sierras

Miles: 778.9 to 789.4  Mileage: 10.5 (plus, 7.5 up and over Kearsarge Pass to Independence, California) Day: 39 Neither of us slept well thinking about the pass all night. Would it go? Would we have to turn around? Plus, it was cold. We set up our tent on snow and really pushed our lightweight summer […]

We wait for snow

Miles: 774.2 to 778.9 Mileage: 4.7 Day: 38 And still up next, Forester Pass. Half awake in the middle of the night, I tried to scooch my head toward the end of the tent. I tend to slip down my sleeping pad as I switch positions. The only problem was, I couldn’t. The end of […]

Whitney summit attempt

Miles: 769.9 to 774.2 Mileage: 9.3, plus 13 in Whitney summit attempt Day: 37 The alarm went off at 4 a.m. With the temperature in the 20s and our information about the climb limited to its elevation, we decided to wait until light. That way we could see. The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. […]

It’s suddenly winter

Miles: 730.9 to 755.7 Mileage: 24.8, plus .2 to water Day: 35 Man, the Sierras are cold. I generally like cold and I definitely like it when I’m prepared for it, but I was under the impression that we were nearing summer. Nope. Still winter up here.  I guess I should have figured on some […]

First day in the Sierras

Miles: 702.4 to 730.9 Mileage: 28.5, plus .8 back to the trail from the Kennedy Meadows General Store Day: 34 Do you know what’s heavier than 30 miles of water? 10 days of food plus a bear canister. In an attempt to make the next section of trail less complicated, we opted to hike as […]