Thanks to Arturo for planning the trip and Johannes for getting the permit. This was a challenging hike, a bit over 50 miles in 4 days, including some cross country that was quite tough (steep elevation, progress of half a mile per hour was not unusual). I'm always a bit self conscious because I like not to be the weakest link, but they are both stronger hikers than me, and I managed to show up with a cold that got worse and turned into a bacterial infection due to exertion and high altitude.
It took a lot of caffeine pills and bags of energy goo to get through most days, and especially on the first day, my body really rebelled at the end as I pushed it way beyond what I should have (but we had to make camp, so that was the only way out). The other days were a bit less tough but still kicked my butt, and I was quite thankful to have antibiotics on the 3rd day.
Here are the stats:
22lbs backpack without water or food (33lbs with water and 6lbs food)
total load was 38lbs, probably too much but the lightest I've been
But it was still overweighed compared to Arturo and Johannes, so I was the weakest link, before adding the part where I got sick. Ooops.
Day 1: Wolverton to Alta Peak Cross Country Short of Moose Lake
Arturo and I drove to Fresno the day before to be a lot closer for the next morning:
very low water level
That next morning, we drove from Fresno to Kings Canyon and had a look at the visitor center and some big trees:
We then started the hike early enough as it was going to be a long day.
We joined the High Sierra Trail
It was all nice and good, so sine we were doing well enough (although I wsa already using caffeine and energy gel), so we climbed Alta Peak:
By the top, my body was kind of running on fumes, but with a few breaks, I made it up there. Unfortunately, by then we got some bad intel and the people with more of a brain than me, From there, going cross country, which was quite tough when I was:
terrain was tough
day was getting late, and I was really exhausted with the cold
going down was tough
I was the slowest in the group
I tried to smile, but damn, I was exhausted
this is what we came down from
home sweet home
OMG, such a cute pikka
Day 2: Alta Peak Lake to Roaring River
The next morning, we had a quick breakfast and ready for a long hike day and another tough cross country:
basic accomodations for Johannes :)
another Pikka came to see us
Johannes raced us to the lake
found a nice frog
I was still sick, my SPO2 was pretty low, I hope it was not that low
found this weird thing slithering in the grass, what is it?
multiple fires, one of the planes fighting the fires
still more cross country
beautiful lake after lake
time for another swim
finding the trail back was a bit rough at the end
day was getting long, but I wanted to push on to catch up on the time we lost the previous day and my being slow
finally setup camp
Day 3: Roaring River to Lost Lake
roaring river ranger station, we hung out for a bit
astronaut ice cream snack
he got to lost lake
time for swim
Day 4: Lost Lake
Last day, I was on antibiotics, which helped a bit, but I was happy to get out. It was my fastest day, except for losing the trail and going backwards for a while:
back to civilization
yeah, I'm done!
Thanks a ton to Arturo and Johannes for making this happen, and putting up with the slowpoke that I was :)