Awesome trip to the park. Stay there for 5 nights but only one night was in the back country due to a knee issue. The kelty did fine behind a wind brake in the 60 to 70 mph gust at pine springs camp(The main camp) but the bivy worked even better. I tried out my new Tigoat bivy in pine springs camp and at the Tejas camp(backcountry). I loved it! I set up behind a stick wind brake at the Tejas camp and slept under the stars. Saw a awesome shooting star about 4 am, would missed it in a tent. I have been converted!
I saw 2 big horn sheep above Devils Hall and they were only about 40 yards away. Got to test out gear I am definitely going lighter.
My only issue with the Park was Suzie, the evil mule deer. Okay I know it sounds weird but there is one mean\evil mule deer on that mountain. Picture this, I was minding my own business in some mountain hypnotic trance trying to remember the PCT bear bag clip-carabineer-tie a knot-with a stick somewhere-how in the hell do I do this Method, when I here a stick break behind me. Now several thing flash thru my mind. The park ranger said I would not see a bear, But he didn't say I would not hear a bear, wait a second that sounded like bear stepping on a stick just 10 feet behind me. Did my ninja skills totally failed me. Is there a man-hanging-a-bear bag-eating bear behind me, No way, the ranger said "I may see a mountain lion" and if I do I should feel lucky, My wife was right I am going to die out here. My ninja training kicks in and my ninja quick reflexes allow me to turn around faster than the normal slow tried hiker I look like. I see a Brown, no Grey shaped mountain Lo-- Mule Deer! I am going to live!!! My wife was Wrong!!(First time for everything). Cool I have survived this sudden brush with death, everything is okay now. My heart rate slows down and the cold sweat that I broke into now turns to ice. I think to myself the worst is over. Several more deer pop out of the trees and watch me with their hungry little eyes. I finish hanging the bear bag up the old fashion way and tell myself that I will learn that PCT something-knot-stick-Ryan-somewhere method when I get home. I start heading back to camp and noticed Suzie(The evil one that snuck up behind me) is gone. I named here Suzie because her evil human twin is named Suzie(that’s another story). I am a little more cautious now and thanks to my awaken Ninja skills no more evil deer are going to sneak up on me. I keep telling myself use the force ,Luke.(I have some Jedi training to.) As I round a tree near my camp I notice something big next to my bag. It was big foot and he was in my camp. Yes a sasquatch. Okay maybe not the big guy himself but it was Suzie! She had raced back to camp at break neck speed and was in the process of stealing my ONE and ONLY Watermelon Jolly rancher. The wonderful ,rot your teeth out ,sugar laden , raise my blood sugar, treat I had set aside was being molested in front of me by and evil monster. She stole my freaking jolly rancher dude! I know deep down inside it was my fault(I am married It is always my fault). I know the rules, don't feed the wild life ,don't leave food lying around. But the evil Bit-- took my treat ,my precious, my watermelon jolly rancher. Suzie stole it from me and I will never forgive her for that. She is evil! Evil I tell you!!!
Other than that it was a great trip.