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2017/09/23 4 days backpacking the Emigrant Wilderness from Kennedy Meadows with Arturo, just after a snowstorm
π 2017-09-23 00:00 in Hiking

Arturo nicely offered to take me backpacking, and given that I was at an office in Tahoe just the days before (where we ended up getting a snow storm and 3-4 inches of snow), he came to pick me up on friday afternoon, and we drove to Topaz Lake in nevada to spend the night and be reasonably close to the trail the next morning:


nice morning fog
nice morning fog


soon crossed the snow line
soon crossed the snow line

we eventually arrived to the trailhead, where PCT folks go to resupply
we eventually arrived to the trailhead, where PCT folks go to resupply

It had been since 2010 since I actually had gone backpacking at all (one night in Grand Canyon, and my last backpacking trips in California were otherwise a whole 10 years ago (lost coast trail in 2008 and half of the JMT in 2007).

I somehow managed to do that JMT section with a starting load between 60 to 65lbs, and this time I had a mere 40lbs or so with my fanny pack. Still, it felt just as hard :) (ok, full disclosure: I was on the tail end of a cold, and well, keeping up with Arturo was not going to be a winning proposition either way :) ). Thankfully he was a good sport and waited for me where needed.
Our moving stats show that our overall average was a good amont faster than when I did the JMT and I was only averaging 1.1 to 1.4mph with all that weight vs 1.7 to 2.2mph here (Jennifer also liked more breaks and enjoying the scenary a bit longer).

Either way, here are the stats:

	Dist	Time	Moving	MoveAvg	OvrlAvg	Calories MaxHR	AvgHR	Climb	Desc
Day1	14.16	7h50	7h06	2.0	1.8	2600	 168	132	3881	902
Day2	13.70	8h08	6h59	2.0	1.7	2287	 152	122	931	2513
Day3	14.22	8h32	7h23	1.9	1.7	2494	 158	121	2011	1007
Day4	9.55 	4h23	4h11	2.3	2.2	1258	 154	122	505	2906
Total	51.63  28h53   25h39    2.0	1.9	8639	 158	124	7328	7328

Comparing this with my JMT trip, my average heartrate was definitely higher, despite the ligher load and the lower resting heart rate I should have 10 years later. Likely a combination of lack of being in better shape and the cold.

Day 1

I didn't know how much terrain we were supposed to cover on day 1, or I'd have hurried a bit more in the morning (oh yeah, on top of the cold I also had just come back from France and was severely jetlagged).
We started on the trail by 10:15, which was a bit late considering, but thankfully we made good pace (our best overall average for a day were were climbing)

ready to go
ready to go




we quickly got to the snowline
we quickly got to the snowline

deer hunting was allowed here, two hunters were hoping to be lucky (no wonder the deer were skittish there)
deer hunting was allowed here, two hunters were hoping to be lucky (no wonder the deer were skittish there)



horses on the trail ensured we had a layer of fresh poop on the trail at all times :-/
horses on the trail ensured we had a layer of fresh poop on the trail at all times :-/


some of the track was actually icy
some of the track was actually icy

climbing to the pass, more snowy
climbing to the pass, more snowy

last pass before the lake (just shy of 10,000ft)
last pass before the lake (just shy of 10,000ft)

we felt thankful that we were not trailblazing, or we'd have lost of a lot of time getting to camp
we felt thankful that we were not trailblazing, or we'd have lost of a lot of time getting to camp

now, it was 'just' a matter of finding a flat spot without snow on it
now, it was 'just' a matter of finding a flat spot without snow on it

I eventually found something close enough to flat
I eventually found something close enough to flat

by then, we barely had 30mn before sunset, when it was going to become cold, very cold
by then, we barely had 30mn before sunset, when it was going to become cold, very cold

The night was hellish cold, I had a 15F/-7C sleeping bag, and I my feet were quite cold in the tent despite 3 pairs of socks and 5 layers on my body, including a sweater and a light ski jacket (at least my core stayed warm). My hands were cold inside the sleeping bag while the entire tent was definitely below freezing (my boot froze inside the tent, and so did the water).

Day 2

The next morning, I was up before sunrise given that I had gone to bed so early due to temperatures, but neither Arturo or I wanted to venture outside until the sun at least hit our tent. We had a quick breakfast and went on our way:


Arturo's routing took a less busy trail which we had to trail blaze, mostly using my GPS
Arturo's routing took a less busy trail which we had to trail blaze, mostly using my GPS





it was tempting to eat :)
it was tempting to eat :)


we had a good amount of stream crossings, but thankfully we stayed dry on virtually all of them
we had a good amount of stream crossings, but thankfully we stayed dry on virtually all of them

quick break
quick break

always fun to see where glaciers left some rocks, and in which position
always fun to see where glaciers left some rocks, and in which position






Eventually we got to our next lake:


this time we got a fire
this time we got a fire


Day 3

The next morning, it was definitely warmer as the cold front had left by then. That was welcomed.


another stream crossing
another stream crossing




a few packing horses came to check us out
a few packing horses came to check us out

came to sniff us :)
came to sniff us :)

another quick pass
another quick pass

then maedow
then maedow

finally got to emigrant lake, it's quite large
finally got to emigrant lake, it's quite large


lunch stop
lunch stop



our last plateau/pass
our last plateau/pass



found a nice meadow for our last night
found a nice meadow for our last night

I spotted this little mouse that played dead so we wouldn't see it
I spotted this little mouse that played dead so we wouldn't see it




Day 4

The last day was an easy half day, mostly downhill. If it weren't for the dental infection I managed to get the day before, it would have been a piece of cake. We still made good time, but it wasn't as fun for me given the dental pain.







After 4.5H, we did the remaining 10 miles and got back out to Kennedy Meadows, looking back at the nice trip. Snow made it a bit harder, but it was definitely prettier. Putting aside the first night which was cold as crap, we actually had nice and warm enough weather the rest of the time.


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