86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia
Display Avatars Sort By:
christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia on 07/04/2012 01:38:23 MDT Print View

Started at roads end, up woods creek, south on JMT, then took junction trail down to Kern Canyon and up to colby pass, through clouds canyon, over avalanche pass, and back to roads end. Thought it would take 10 days, I was wrong. Finished in 7 days.
All streams were low, and all 4 passes were easy. I used an ice axe on glen pass only because I carried that sucker in there and was determined to use it. Trekking poles alone would have been fine. Mosquitoes were intermittent. Rae lakes had a few, upper vidette had none, once I got up to colby pass trail there was quite a few, and cloud canyon had a decent amount.

Here's a vid. https://picasaweb.google.com/108234957944494814191/ChrisSoloSekiMovie#5761177486598278818

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: 86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia on 07/04/2012 01:44:33 MDT Print View

What kind of total load did you start with?

I'll be up there in a month or so.

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Well on 07/10/2012 23:52:44 MDT Print View

I'm quite shamed to admit I went in with 47 lbs to start with 10 days of food and 2 liters of water.
Yes I know, sooo dumb. I really regret it and I should have known better. It was my first solo trip, so I abandoned my normal UL thinking and brought more "in case" and "this might be nice since I'll be alone" stuff.
I brought 2lbs of ice gear, waaaay too much food, 2lbs of scotch, too much fuel, too many batteries, too much deet, soap, etc.
Food, scotch and the bear canister alone was over 23lbs!!!

Good news is that by the end (day 7) I was feeling stronger than I ever felt in my life. I'm lucky I'm still young enough that my body could handle it and I didn't blow out a knee or something.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: 86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia on 07/11/2012 00:40:40 MDT Print View

If you had it to do all over again right now, how much would your pack weigh at the start? (Surely at least ten pounds lighter.)

They say that the best lessons are learned the hard way. You learned a lot.

Aren't you glad that you came down the steep side of Avalanche Pass instead of going up?

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Oh yes on 07/11/2012 01:02:32 MDT Print View

Yep I think I would go in a solid 10 lbs lighter next time.
And yes, climbing the steap side of Avalanche pass on day 1 would have killed me! That thing is like Lombard street. Descending it made coming down Yosemite falls feel like a walk in the park.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Oh yes on 07/11/2012 09:42:56 MDT Print View

2 pounds of scotch sounds about right......

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: 86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia on 07/11/2012 10:16:01 MDT Print View

If you switch out the Scotch and substitute high-proof liquor, you can save approximately half of the alcohol weight. You might need to juggle some flavors or get a new bartender. Besides, when you get to high elevation, the alcohol will hit you pretty hard.

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Alcohol hits you hard at altitude on 07/11/2012 10:57:53 MDT Print View

Yeah I noticed the altitude did have an effect. I only drank maybe half of my scotch because of that.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Alcohol hits you hard at altitude on 07/11/2012 11:22:44 MDT Print View

Part of the problem is that alcohol will dehydrate you. You are already running into a hydration problem just from being at 10,000 or 12,000 feet. Then you make it worse with some adult beverage.

If you can use it medicinally, maybe it can be positive. For example, some people like one snort after dinner and before they go to bed. But for other people, it can be disruptive of sleep patterns.

You need to dilute it down quite a bit before the extra water will offset the alcohol dehydration problem.

You need somebody to invent freeze dried Scotch.

--B.G.--

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: 86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia on 07/11/2012 17:40:50 MDT Print View

How did you manage to hit Glen Pass by going up Woods Creek (to Vidette Meadow?) and head south from there???
I assume by the milage you started the Rea Lakes Loop Clockwise.

I've done this same loop, but up to Vidette and south for 70 miles.

Did you go by Lake South America or stick to the JMT? This is such a nice are with the views and the remote locations.
thank you for the trip report.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: 86 mile loop through Kings Canyon and Sequoia on 07/11/2012 23:54:45 MDT Print View

I think he went up Woods Creek and hit the JMT at Woods Crossing (the bridge), then went south over Glen and Forester passes.

--B.G.--

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Bobs right on 07/12/2012 01:16:22 MDT Print View

I went up woods, headed south on the JMT, over glen, through vidette, crossed forester, stayed on the JMT all the way to Wallace creek, then headed west down into kern canyon via the junction trail, then up Colby pass trail over Colby pass, followed Cloud canyon back to roaring river station, then hiked over avalanche pass to get back.
I didn't go to lake south America, I continued south because I wanted to see bighorn plateau instead.

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Here's some pics btw on 07/12/2012 01:19:49 MDT Print View

https://picasaweb.google.com/108234957944494814191/ChrisSoloSekiJune2012

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Bobs right on 07/12/2012 19:54:02 MDT Print View

"I went up woods, headed south on the JMT, over glen, through vidette, crossed forester, stayed on the JMT all the way to Wallace creek, then headed west down into kern canyon via the junction trail, then up Colby pass trail over Colby pass, followed Cloud canyon back to roaring river station, then hiked over avalanche pass to get back."

A very nice route, well planned and executed. Thanks for sharing, Chris. I really enjoyed your report.

"I didn't go to lake south America, I continued south because I wanted to see bighorn plateau instead."

You couldn't lose, either way. Lake South America is what next time is for. I'm guessing this won't be your last trip down that way because, once the Kern hook is set... ;0)

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Heck yeah! on 07/13/2012 18:20:15 MDT Print View

I can't wait to go back. I'm also looking at all these trips on the evolution area and that's sparking some interest as well. :)