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Friday, August 21, 2015

T-Minus -or- Lets Do This


“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” - John Muir


My mountain adventure is going to be about 260 miles, southbound along The John Muir Trail. The JMT section is about 211 miles of the PCT in the heart of the Sierra Nevada plus some extra milage for resupply, a little side trip to summit Mt. Whitney (@14,505) then South, ending up at Kennedy Meadows.
A bit of upgraded and new equipment have made it into the pack.
And on the feet - scored a pair of La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX Mountaineering Boots during an REI 'garage sale.' In the hands, a pair of Komperdell Carbon Approach Vario 3 Trekking Poles.


Four resupply points have been mapped and prepped for. The buckets are weighing in at about 16lbs each, pushing my final pack weight close to 50lbs!!! I've heard "the best day is the day before resupply and the worst is the day after..." From my inspiration, the film, Mile, Mile & A Half - on Netflix streaming now.


Here is a YouTube link to my GoogleEarth flyover of my trek.



The bear canister is required for my entire trek. Lucky each weeks food fits into the 700 square inch BearVault. The 5Gal HomeDepot bucket is enroute to the Muir Woods Trail Ranch deep in the mountains. I will catch up to it about 10 days in.



I trekked over 212 miles in trail training miles this year so far plus close to 600 miles of walking the dirt desert roads:)

This is a link to my realtime SPOT satellite tracker - Its a one way transmitting satellite based gps device. SPOT Tracking Map 


Some stops along the way:
RedsMeadow
Muir Trail Ranch
HorseShoeMeadow camp
Kennedy Meadows


Well, like 'break a leg' in acting, we say in the hiking world... You'l never make it. 

Update. Watch out situation the Rough Fire is at 47,000 acres in the Kings National Park. Doesn't look to be moving east to PCT but things can change

1 comment:

Peaceful Legal said...

Yay Eric!! Let's hope all your planning makes for an awesome trip.