Another amazing week in the Sierra – even more alpine lakes & marmots, a little less altitude, and with some new characters – mosquitoes! Oh, and smoke from a nearby wildfire (california-speak for forest fire).
Day 56: Monday 6/15/2015, 16.9mi/27.2km
Day 57: Tuesday 6/16/2015, 22.5mi/36.2km
Day 58: Wednesday 6/17/2015, 21.7mi/34.9km
Since the PCT and the JMT (John Muir Trail) are concurrent for 190 miles, I decided to hike the last 22 miles of the JMT from Tuolumne down to Yosemite valley. An “easy” day since it would descend from 8600 feet down to 4000….an easy 22 miles.
Apparently bears are also ninjas…scary.
Day 59: Thursday 6/18/2015, 13.0mi/20.9km
Day 60: Friday 6/19/2015, 20.2mi/32.5km
Day 61: Saturday 6/20/2015, 18.9mi/30.4km
Day 62: Sunday 6/21/2015, 19.5mi/31.4km
Day 63: Monday 6/22/2015, 21.1mi/34.0km
Day 64: Tuesday 6/23/2015, 30.7mi/49.4km
I didn’t get too many pictures today or tomorrow, I was too busy hiking 30+ miles each day, to put as much distance as possible between myself and a “small” forest fire near Markleeville CA, about 4 miles from the trail.
Day 65: Wednesday 6/24/2015, 23.4mi/37.7km
Day 66: Thursday 6/25/2015, 7.9mi/12.7km
I got off trail today, and went into South Lake Tahoe to meet up with my friends Jeremy and Kim (and get a shower/laundry, for their sake!)
Day 67: Friday 6/26/2015, 0mi/0km
Day 68: Saturday 6/27/2015, 0mi/0km
No pictures from today, but I tried stand-up paddleboarding. It is pretty difficult, but also very awesome…I need to do it again.
Day 69: Sunday 6/28/2015, 0mi/0km
Jeremy, Kim, and I likely had a first ascent of a technical climbing route today. We got up at 4:30am, started hiking on the trail at 5am. Our bushwhack (manzanita-whack?) began before 8am, and by 10am we were at the base of our objective cliff. We had no idea if it was climbable, a choss-fest, or a 5.13d climb. It climbed some mostly nice granite, and 4 pitches later, we were at the top of the cliff! A short scramble over the ridge to the summit of Tallac Mt. (el. 9,700) completed the day. Well, the hike down and some burgers/beers completed it.
Tomorrow I get back on the trail, and I’m going to hike straight thru to Sierra City, then Chester CA– the halfway point of the PCT!