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Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US / 17.07.2015

After a week of packing, making lists, repacking, and changing equipment decisions I am finally sitting at the gate waiting on my 10:30 PM flight to Seattle. My pack weighed in at 36 pounds which is heavy for a light weight packer for me. Reason for extra weight includes a real tent because I heard about mosquitoes and 7 days of food. Normally I pack a tarp tent and no more than 4 days of food. The plan is to hike 75 miles on the PCT trail over 8 days...

Colorado, Hiking, Western US / 10.07.2014

On July 10th I tackled two 14'ers at the same time. Grays and Torreys peak can be easily picked out from the Frisco area where I was staying. From Frisco, look east toward Keystone and pick out a rounded peak on the right with a pointed peak just to the left. It is a fairly easy hike down the saddle of Grays Peak and back up Torreys Peak as long as you have the energy and stamina to reach the top of Grays Peak. Getting there: Getting there is a little...

Colorado, Western US / 09.07.2014

On July 9th at about 7 AM, Sandra dropped me off at Wheeler Flats near Copper Mountain. I hiked about 12 miles from Copper Mountain to Frisco on the Gore Range and North Ten Mile trails. I started at an elevation around 9700 feet and reached an elevation just under 12,000 feet somewhere above Uneva pass. I didn't see any other hikers on Gore Range trail; however, I ran into several campers (out and back hike) just short of Uneva Pass. There were a number of hikers on North...

Colorado, Hiking, Western US / 07.07.2014

On July 7th I hiked from Frisco to Eccles Pass and back along Meadow Creek trail and the Gore Range trail. Here are the photos. [caption id="attachment_1184" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beaver Dam with Red Peak in background.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1182" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beaver Lodge[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The view opens up into high meadows. Somewhere in this meadow is the intersection of Meadow Creek trail with the Gore Range Trail.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Crossing snow. There wasn't any difficult snow crossings on this day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="640"] View west from Eccles Pass....

Featured Articles, Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US, Yosemite / 16.02.2013

There were more bear and bear cubs than I bargained for during a week hiking thru Yosemite Wilderness North Country in September. On the 2nd day, I had the panic of running up on a couple of bear cubs and wondering whether I might be between an unseen mother bear and her cubs. On the final day, I was resting on the trail side when a mother bear and cub passed within feet of me totally unaware of my presence. Read on for more on these and my...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Mt. Lyell Group - I was camping up there! Yosemite Log - Day 5 Tarp was coated with condensation ice this morning. My main concern was climbing Vogel Pass given how i felt yesterday. I paced myself to keep my heart rate down. Felt anxious but never felt bad. I was at the top quickly. The backside did not have a drop off. All of Vogelsang was high. Past Vogelsang toward Bernice Lake there was a large meadow. It must have been more than a mile across in every direction....

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite Log - Day 4 at campsite 1 mile from Vogelsang Pass I am camping where my intineray had me tonight. I arrived here at 3:30 pm, but was smart enough not to attempt 11,000 ft Vogelsang pass tonight. Already had enough trouble with the elevation. Tonight I am around 9500 ft.. I hiked the last section up Lewis Creek while listening to tunes on the iPhone. It took my mind off the tired part of the day. Don't usually like listening to tunes while I hike. I am...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite lg day 4 - lunch at Lewis creek trail isberg junction According to the map the first section was supposed to be 8.9 miles. Sitting here by the sign it shows 11.2 miles. I had thought that was the longest 8 miles I had ever hiked. Elevation did not help either. I had no appetite and felt bad from the little I ate. I only had a piece of flat bread with some peanut butter for breakfast. I was suffering some. Now I have 3 miles up Lewis...

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite lg day 3 - frm tent Only 6:30, but I am in the tent for the night. I am at 9500 feet elevation and it is cold here when the sun leaves. I have been battling a headache. Gets worse at night. Took a couple of Ibuprofin before bed. Last night I had to wake up and get the I out if the bear locker. Nice view of Mt Lyell in the distance. Some bad looking clouds are gathering around Lyell. Otherwise it is clear. My peanut butter leaked again....

Hiking, Western US, Yosemite / 15.10.2010

Yosemite log day 2 Made it to Merced lake. This is good because there are bear lockers and all of my food won't fit in cannister. Sitting by the lake watching the last light of day and drinking wine. Little Yosemite valley is better than I expected. In fact it is spectacular. Domes close in on both sides and I walked along a river while admiring giant Sugar Pines and the glimmering water. In Lost Valley the canyon narrows further. Every spot would be a major attraction in my home...