The Journey Home

The Journey Home October 2017 I awoke on Tuesday, October 3 at Little Yosemite Valley Campground with swollen lymph nodes and a painfully sore throat. It was time to get out of the backcountry and back to civilization where I could lay low and recover from whatever illness had descended on me. I previously made…

Yosemite National Park Part II

Yosemite National Park Part II Sunday Oct. 1 – Monday Oct. 2 I was not in a big hurry to break camp this morning as we only planned to hike about 4 miles to the Little Yosemite Valley backpacker’s Campground. We left camp by mid-morning and took the Yosemite Valley shuttle to the Mist Trail…

Yosemite National Park Part I

Yosemite National Park Part I Friday Sept 29-Sat Sept 30 On Friday, September 29, I began my post-PCT Hike adventure in Yosemite National Park. I bid goodbye to Beth and Jaime and hitch-hiked down to the Yosemite Valley floor. I quickly got a ride this time from a backpacker who was about to begin his…

PCT Day 168 – Thursday, September 28

PCT Day 168 – Thursday, September 28  Lyell Fork Creek Mile 931.2 to Tuolumne Meadows Mile 942.5 PCT Miles Hiked Today: 11.3 Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1812.8 Feet Ascended Today: 285 Feet Descended Today: 1936 Current Elevation: 8100 When I awoke this morning I was COLD. It’s one of the few times on my hike…

PCT Day 167 – Wednesday, September 27

PCT Day 167 – Wednesday, September 27  Mile 915.9 to Lyell Fork Creek Mile 931.2 PCT Miles Hiked Today: 15.4 Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1801.5 Feet Ascended Today: 3796 Feet Descended Today: 2340 Current Elevation: 10203 Steps:  It was cold when I awoke this morning – another night below freezing. I packed up as quickly…

PCT Day 166 – Tuesday, September 26

PCT Day 166 – Tuesday, September 26  Red’s Meadow Mile 906.7 to Mile 915.9 PCT Miles Hiked Today: 9.2 Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1786.2 Feet Ascended Today: 1986 Feet Descended Today: 769 Current Elevation: 8758 Steps: 31039 I woke up today feeling discouraged. I had hoped to hike all the way to Sierra City and…

PCT Days 164 & 165

PCT Days 164 & 165 Sunday, September 24 Iva Bell Springs – Cascade Valley Trail Mile 7.8 to Red’s Meadow – PCT Mile 906.7 PCT Miles Hiked Today: 0 Non-PCT Miles Hiked Today: 11 Miles Total PCT Miles Hiked: 1777 Feet Ascended Today: ~1300 Feet Descended Today: ~300 Current Elevation: 7705 Steps: 35692 I hit…