Hi guys Im back, sadly I found that my online subscripton has expired so I cant veiw all the new site content posted whie I was gone but I will fix that real quick.
anyway, The trip was great 9 days, 197 miles, 0 bears. sorry I did not think to get a picture CD made when I developed my pictures so I cant post any, I bought 3 more cameras along the trail so I have about 130 pictures, Ill know next time that 54 wont be enough. I was stunned at the scenery of the sierras, there were countless mountain lakes and streams, meadows and snow toped peaks. It was spectacular. and I did not even get into the high sierra. this trip basically convinced me that I want to thru hike the PCT in addition to the AT. I even met a guy that thru hiked in 02, and he told me alot of good info about thru hiking.
as far as recomending this trip to others, I say go for it. It is alot easier to get a permit than the JMT and you see some great country. But I would recomend just taking the section of the PCT from tahoe to yosemite, other than the route described in the book. there was one 18 mile section when we left the PCT, where the trail was overgrown with brush and plants and it is hard to stay on trail, I mean very hard, and also once you are out of the bush wacking through brush you are hiking along a river where it is hard to navigate through around and atop boulders and in some places there is some dangerous scrambling required. Whith nothing to look forward to other than the steepest climb of the whole trip out of the canyon. we met a college girl after we got out of the canyon who had just had to be helicoptered out because she fell and was injured and there were some people who were looking for a couple who had gone into the canyon before us and I did not see them and we came out before them, So in that one perticular section it is easy to get lost and even somewhat dangerous, my dad and I consider ourselves lucky we came out unhurt and with our lightweight packs in one peice.( my dad had a GG mariposia) But for those of us who like a challenge, Buy thomas winnets book and see what I mean.
But other than that the the trails were great.
all my gear wrked well, we had one t-storm the second day and night but we stayed dry.
I am especially happy with my montbell stretch wind pants and jam pack which survived the intense b-whacking at one point. and my cocoon jacket/ arc ghost sleeping system wich worked with a wide range of night time temperatures I had this trip.
the salomons were great, no failure, and with my wrightsocks I had no blisters. They are so far my favorite shoe and also my second pair.
they worked beautifully.
the only thing I would have changed for this trip would be the menu