The plan was to hike to Dewey Point in Yosemite. I drove up to David W. parents house on Sat. and arrived around 9:30 a.m. it had been raining all day. We headed out and before we got to the entrance of Yosemite David had to chain up, on the way up we decided to change our hike to Mariposa Grove, due to the fact that with all the clouds and it snowing we probably wouldn't have any kind of a view at Dewey Point. Once in the park we drove down to find, and fill out our permit, when we got there, no permits were to be found, so we left our info on a piece of paper and headed back towards the trail head, were we found the one and only parking spot available. After parking we geared up for the hike, I weighed both our packs, and they both came in at 23.5 lbs, not to bad. The temps were around 34* cloudy, with a mixture of snow and rain.
These pics are where David and I started our hike, the parking lot was full of day hikers, and just people in general up playing in the snow for the day.
This next pic is the road in the summer, but today it's our trail head.
This pic is the sign of our destination.
Along the way we seen a lot of day hikers and snowman builders, a lot of people asked "Are you guys going to camp over night?" our reply was always the same YEP! some thought we were crazy, and some thought it was cool, I thought it was GREAT! I love snow hiking/camping, and David is always a good hiking partner, thanks for sticking it out with me for this hike.
The next pics are were we set up camp, the hike was about 2.5-3 miles and we got there around 2:30-3:00 p.m. There were working bath rooms, and a gift shop that is only open in the summer. The gift shop turned out to be a life saver for David later that night, as you will see in the pics.
We both had Tarptents, I think David had a Contrail, he can chime in on this, I had the Moment, snow tested and proven in previous trips, we put a tarp over both of them so we didn't have to huddle in our tents to cook dinner, this worked great untill later that night when it really started to snow.
During the middle of the night I heard David get up and head towards the gift shop, this would prove to be a good decision on his part. All night long it snowed heavy and wet, and all we heard were tree limbs breaking, and trees falling under all the weight of the snow, that wasn't the only thing that fell, as you will see, or should I say wont see, in the next pic.
That's my Moment with part of the tarp collasped under all the snow, and David's tent was burried, you can't even tell where it was. That little opening to the lower part of the tent where the tarp meets, is what I crawled out of. I had to kick the snow away from the door to get out. During the night the snow was so heavy, and some much, it snapped my Titanium goat hiking pole in half, and burried David's tent.
The next few pics are where David spent the night on the covered porch of the gift shop, and were we packed up our stuff to head out.
The next few pics are on the way out, and David's car in the after math of the storm. The one pic of David snow shoeing doesn't due this pic justice, we were post holeing up to our knees almost all the way out, we took turns busting trail.
I'll let David add to the end of our adventure. I had a great time and alot of fun, David, I always enjoy hiking with you, can't wait till we can do a longer hike together. Sorry for double pic post I don't know why it happened and I don't want to mess this post up by trying to erase them, this was my 3rd attempt of trying to post this thred.