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Resupplying on a Thru Hike

To mail drop or not to mail drop… Nothing stresses me out more than trying to plan what food I might want to eat four months from now, not to mention how much of it.  I don’t even like to read the guidebook until I’m a week or two out from leaving.  If there’s one… Read more »

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Half Dome

We got started early this morning so we could get up Half Dome before any afternoon storms. I soon entered a burn area from last year. The crew yesterday had told me that the fire burned so hot and so fast that there are giant craters all over from large trees that burned all the… Read more »

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John Muir Trail

We hopped onto the John Muir Trail and started heading north this morning. It’s mostly down to the valley but we seemed to be doing a lot of up. We started late and so stopped fairly early for lunch at Cathedral Creek, and then kept on moving. Once I had just about reached the Sunrise… Read more »

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Tuolomne Meadows

A group of six of us want to hike down to Yosemite Valley from Tuolomne, to finish the JMT and to hike Half Dome. We need permits for both, and were not able to get any until tomorrow, so today was a zero. I mostly sat around the store and campground, but I did take… Read more »

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Yosemite National Park

We went over Island Pass at 10224′ early in the day. It was such a gradual ascent and long, level area at the top that I had to check my map to see if we were actually on it. Then it was downhill a little bit, and back uphill to Donahue Pass at 11031′. We… Read more »

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Devil’s Postpile National Monument

Will drove us all back to Red’s Meadow early and decided to join us for a couple days of hiking. We walked into Devil’s Postpile National Monument right away. The Devil’s Postpile is a bunch of hexagonal basalt columns. I’ve seen that elsewhere at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and it’s pretty cool. After… Read more »

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Mammoth Lakes

I ran some more errands this morning, shipped some unnecessary items I’d picked up for the Sierra home, did some planning for the upcoming Yosemite section, and caught up on a few phone calls. We decided to stay another night since we were waiting for a friend to catch up and we haven’t heard from… Read more »

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Red’s Meadow

It was a quick hike 3 miles down to Red’s Meadow Resort this morning, where I ate a very overpriced breakfast. No Boundary’s friend Will happened to be there so he offered to shuttle us all to town. Once we got to Mammoth Lakes and figured out the motel situation, Will drove us around to… Read more »

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Tully Hole

The mosquitoes were awful this morning. I didn’t have any water left for breakfast and we were dry camped so I needed to get down the trail a little bit before eating. I stopped at a lake to fill up but by the time I’d filtered half a liter, the mosquitoes were swarming and I… Read more »