After a lovely warmer, drier night (my bid to sleep at a lower elevation paid off), I walked down the last few thousand feet, the last handful of miles, to the trailhead at Road’s End. Descending into Kings Canyon in
Last night dropped below freezing, and was the coldest night of the trip. In fact yesterday and today the daytime temperatures feel like they’ve dropped meaningfully too. I woke up off and on throughout the night, aware that my sleeping
The first thing of the day was a long climb, 4500 feet or so, away from the Middle Fork and back up into to timberline country so that I could cross the Monarch Divide, a major ridge of mountains between
It rained enough last night that again I woke up to a very wet tent and a very damp sleeping bag. Still, I rolled everything up tight and was hiking away from my little camp at 10,200 ft by 6:45.
It stormed off and on all night long. The place I stopped to camp is a heavily used site along the JMT, and to get a little space from all the other tents, I was set up in a marginal
In my mind, this current high route I’m on (Kings Canyon High Basin Route) can be divided into three distinct sections: the first part navigates a series of high divides between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks; the second part
I did end up sleeping in. Relative to the civilized world, not a lot. But I wasn’t out of camp until 7:30, which is late for me. I wish I could say it was amazing, but I think I’m naturally
Since my plane ticket home is on September 17, I have a fixed number of days to fill before the end. There is nothing to be gained by moving faster, other than perhaps a day in an airport motel in
Since there’s not much in the way of restaurants in Independence, I bought a single-serving container of oatmeal and a yogurt cup, a banana, and some blueberries at the grocery store when I was in Lone Pine. This morning, around
As I take this last rest day of my journey, I thought I should return to some of the open problems I’ve brought up at various points in the story so far. In case you’ve been biting you nails (don’t!