Twig Adventures

Day 82: Mather Pass

September 25th, 2018 Muir Pass mm 838.5 to Lake Marjorie mm 809 Distance: 29.5 miles 0550 – 1900 Today I only did one pass, but it was the most difficult thus far. I was really feeling the drain from big miles and not enough to eat. Since I came up a bit short in miles the day before, we would need to do at least 30 today and 27 the next in order to get out to the trailhead and hitch into town. I didn’t have much of a choice, as I was running low on food. I had divided my remaining supplies into two piles and it was depressing. There was nothing to spare for even a 3rd day[…]

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Day 81: Muir Pass

September 24th, 2018 Sallie Keyes Lakes mm 864 to Muir Pass mm 838.5 Distance: 25.5 miles 0645 – 1830 Today was so-so until the end, and then it was one of the best days of all. To start, I got rolling downhill for a short 4 miles to the turnoff for Muir Trail Ranch. It is another resort along the way and has a legendary hiker box. Hikers ship resupplies there for a $50 flat fee because it all has to be packed in by mules. That fee gets you one bucket, so might as well fill it. Hence, there ends up being a lot of extra stuff. I was in need of some extra calories, especially after the huge[…]

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Day 80: Two Passes

September 23rd, 2018 Purple Lake mm 894 to Sallie Keyes Lakes mm 864 Distance: 30 miles 0630 – 1830 Today I tackled 2 passes, Silver and Selden, both at 11,000′. There’s an antidote that JMT hikers do one pass a day and PCT’ers do 2. So I set out try and ended up with a massive day of over 6500′ elevation gain and loss (pretty close to what I’ve been doing on other days). I guess I was most impressed that I could still pull a 30 mile day in the Sierra. It came at the cost of having only one break all day, though. I was surprised to find no condensation on my tent in the early morning. I[…]

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Day 79: Reds Meadows

September 22nd, 2018 Agnew Meadows mm 915 to Purple Lake mm 894 Distance: 21 miles 0630 – 1830 It was relatively warm at our spot overnight…maybe only into the 40’s. I was even sweating. We walked about 100 meters down the trail and the temperature dropped 10 or 20 degrees in the meadow and near the river. It was a short 6 mile hike to a tourist feature called the Devil’s Postpile. It is an exposed cliff of columnar basalt. The columns were formed when a lava lake cooled. I had thought I was leaving the volcanic features behind at Lassen, but these mountains still have tons of evidence of volcanic history…just not recent activity. From there, it was a[…]

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Day 78: Donohue Pass

September 21st, 2018 Tuolumne Meadows mm 942 to Agnew Meadows mm 915 Distance: 27 miles 0650 – 1930 I enjoyed one of Taylor’s extra breakfasts in the morning…a gruel made of chia seed, high-fat milk powder (Nido), nuts and fruit. He says it’s about 500 calories. It was so filling that I didn’t feel the need to snack all morning. My companions are a lot more conscientious about the caloric content and nutritional value of their foods…it also helps that they spent a lot of time planning and pre-making good stuff at home, shipping boxes all along the way. I have adopted more of a scavenger strategy and will eat just about anything. I had to go with this strategy[…]

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Day 77: Tuolumne Meadows

September 20th, 2018 Wilson Creek mm 965 to Tuolumne Meadows mm 942 Distance: 23 miles 0620 – 1600 I slept very cold overnight. It was probably a combination of being tired from the exertion the day before and that it dipped into the 20’s. Taylor experienced the same. We were so glad we didn’t go a further 2 miles to camp, since it was even colder down the valley. There was a lake that had amazing ice tubules/crystals formed along the shore. They had sprouted like grass from the sand and some were a few inches long. I had never seen anything like it. It was a fast hike into Tuolumne. There were a few small climbs but nothing like[…]

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Day 76: Bonks and Bears

September 19th, 2018 Mm 992 to Wilson Creek mm 965 Distance: 27 miles 0640 – 1800 Well, Taylor’s thermometer reached just below 30 degrees overnight. My water bottles were not yet frozen when I woke up but they started forming ice once I started hiking. It was strange. I hiked for over an hour in all my layers, including my puffy. It was all downhill, so it took awhile to warm up. I walked through many fields with frozen grass. Finally the sun started hitting me and I had to shed layers. Before noon, I was back to my t-shirt and skirt. Taylor caught up and we did some climbing together. I let him go ahead, then tried to match[…]

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Day 75: Under 1000 and Entering Yosemite NP

September 18th, 2018 Sonora pass mm 1017 to mm 992 Distance: 25 miles 0930 – 1830 I was packed early as usual then decided to wait around to see if the guy was serious about free bacon and eggs. I could at least play on the internet while I waited and the sun was hitting the pass, warming things up. There was a breeze overnight and it got very cold. Poor Dorothy had to move his camp behind a log in the middle of the night. Taylor and I stayed, while Dorothy wisely got moving at 7 am. When 9 am rolled around and the guy still hadn’t appeared, we decided to call it a loss. I talked to a[…]

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Day 74: Sonora Pass

September 17th, 2018 Asa Lake mm 1041.5 to Sonora pass mm 1017 Distance: 24.5 miles 0630 – 1630 It was a very quiet and uneventful night. I woke up at one point thinking that a headlight was shining into my tent but it was just the moon setting. I was on trail fairly early and quickly caught up to a SOBO couple, Fish and Fairytale. They had skipped a lot of sections to get ahead. I think many are starting to skip in order to get the Sierra done in time. Just before lunch, I also caught up to Fancy Mac, another SOBO that was skipping ahead. She had previously been hiking with Spatz and Skybird, so it was nice[…]

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Day 73: Bluffs and Pinnacles

September 16th, 2018 Lost Lakes mm 1070 to Asa Lake mm 1041.5 Distance: 28.5 miles 0640 – 1800 I slept so good overnight, except for one interruption. It’s still a little unclear how it all went down but I seemed to wake up in automatic mode yelling “Get, get!” and later it materialized that there were dogs sniffing around my tent. Then I heard someone say, “it’s ok, it’s just huskies.” Whip had at first thought they were wolves when he saw their dark figures running through the trees. Apparently the partiers down at the lake were letting their dogs run around loose all night. I must have woken up thinking it was a bear, at first. You’d think this[…]

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