How To Spot A Thru Hiker

They day out of Donner Pass was a busy day. It is a popular spot for day hikers and we were basically celebrities on trail. Every person we passed would ask, “So, where are you guys headed?” Or they would say, “How far have you guys come?” And we would reply Canada or Mexico depending […]

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Tubing Adventures 

After our restless night we hit snooze on the phone at least four times. Our 4:30 wake up turned into a 5:30 wake up and we finally drug ourselves out of our sleeping bag and into the world around six o’clock. Luckily the day was an easy twenty four mile day of ridge walking, accompanied […]

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Horsefly Wars

The next morning we let ourselves sleep in since we had a short twenty two mile day ahead of us. It didn’t appear possible to go any further unless we were willing to do a thirty one mile day. We were not willing to do a thirty one mile day so a twenty two mile […]

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Shit Bugs

You know, sometimes you don’t really appreciate something, until something much worse comes along. Which brings me to the topic of our new friends: Flies. Backflies and horseflies to be exact. We met them for the first time near the top of Dicks Pass after hiking out of Echo Summit. It was a “nero” day […]

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Lil’ Breezy

We got up early the next morning. We had a long twenty five mile day and Kesa had to hike out and drive all the way back to Sunnyvale. Even though we don’t drink coffee it was pleasant to smell it brewing in Kesa’s Jetboil. Also, she had hiked in butter, which we all added […]

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Friends Hike Together

I was overjoyed and a little bit surprised to see Kesa when I walked out onto the front porch of Kennedy Meadows North the next morning. My text to her had been so last minute and went something like this: If you want to hike with us meet us tomorrow morning at 10am at Kennedy […]

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Kennedy Meadows NORTH

In the middle of the night Kyle woke me up to inform me that his side of the sleeping pad had gone flat, which meant both sides of the sleeping pad had holes. Goody. We re-inflated it and switched sides, since my lesser mass causes it to deflate more slowly. “We will fix it tomorrow […]

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Downhill

The next morning I realized I had been ignoring my throat, which had started hurting on day two of our hotel stay in Lee Vining. Snuggled under a slightly damp sleeping bag I could feel my swollen lymph nodes on my right side pressing into my stuff sack pillow. Great. I informed Kyle that my […]

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Tough Decisions

Kyle and I ended up in Lee Vining for two days. Not by choice but out of necessity. The morning after Cameron left we woke up early, planning on hitting the trail hard. Kyle headed to the bathroom to take a poop and not five minutes later mine hit me as well. I held it […]

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