sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station?
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Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/12/2014 11:21:25 MST Print View

Would any JMT or PCT hiker be interested in sharing the fees for a resupply at the Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station on July 10th?

I'm interested in the service of Rainbow Packers, but I find $ 600 too much for us two people. I hope to find two other parties to share with.

Our date of July 10th isn't flexible though.

Marla

Edited by masanella on 01/12/2014 11:22:36 MST.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/12/2014 14:23:58 MST Print View

How much food weight are you trying to get hauled in?

--B.G.--

Tony Ronco
(tr-browsing) - MLife
Re: Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/12/2014 15:43:52 MST Print View

$600 - Yikes! I can fully understand trying to defray the cost of that.

Last time I took my family to do the JMT we did a pack train resupply, but it didn't cost that much ... I guess the jump in cost is a classic case of supply and demand (smile).
My family & I are going to do the JMT again later in the season this summer ... I'll have to research those resupply costs, may be better to hike out to resupply or just carry the extra food weight.

Kent C.
(kent) - M

Locale: High Sierra
resupply at Le Conte on 01/12/2014 18:36:41 MST Print View

Don't know if you already looked into Parcher's. (760) 873-4177. In 2012 they offered packing services. I assume they still do, even though its not listed on their web site. Can't hurt to call and find out.

The price for any packer will be high because to get to Le Conte, they have to overnight.

Is a drop in Dusy Basin or atop Bishop Pass an option for you? The packers are happy to do it and would about halve your cost.

Best of luck in figuring this out.

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Re: Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 00:15:09 MST Print View

Hi Bob,

For the two of us we probably need to bring only 35 pounds. The price is based on a maximum weight of 150 pounds, so there is room enough for some others.

Kent, thanks for the advice about Parchers. I will ask them too.

Indeed we will consider meeting the pack service at Bishops Pass because of the costs, but not having to get up for resupply would be more convenient of course.

Marla

Edited by masanella on 01/13/2014 00:19:50 MST.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 01:36:36 MST Print View

Marla, a couple of years ago I was backpacking along there, and I stopped for the night close to the LeConte Ranger Station. I walked over to talk to the ranger. As we talked, another guy walked up. He had been expecting some packer service to drop his food resupply there that day at noon, and this was already 6 p.m. and no show. So, the guy was a little worried and a little hungry. He was asking the ranger for advice on what he should do. The ranger didn't have much to say about the mules. However, the ranger said that she had just come on duty for two weeks there at LeConte, and she had just carried in her own food, and that she had a lot that she could share. I just stood there and watched. The ranger proceded to show the backpacker every package of food that she had in her own extra large Bearikade, trying to "sell" him on a handout to get him through the night. Eventually the guy took two packages of something, thanked the ranger, and disappeared. I hope that you don't get caught the same way.

I know a guy who might be interested in carrying in 35 pounds on foot from South Lake, if the price were right. That would depend somewhat on the firmness of your date and how that matched his availability.

--B.G.--

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Interested on 01/13/2014 01:45:43 MST Print View

Hi Bob,

Being very hungry while having arranged a resupply is a nightmare of course.

I'm interested in the South Lake guy you mentioned.
Can you send me a PM (as I cannot send one to you, I just discovered)?

Marla

Edited by masanella on 01/13/2014 01:46:45 MST.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Interested on 01/13/2014 09:58:42 MST Print View

Marla,
From time to time I have heard of 'porters' hiking in food caches for people.
Mostly, people willing to do this live in one of the east side towns like Bishop.

Maybe you could make a few calls... like to the Inyo ranger station in Bishop, to Wilson's Eastside Sports, etc.? Also check other web sites... hiking or climber sites.

It may be that this is a bit early to find a porter as in many cases it may be a thing they decide to offer later in the spring or summer.

If you find someone please post it here as a resource.

thanks,

Billy

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Re: resupply at Le Conte on 01/13/2014 10:05:31 MST Print View

Kent,

I asked Parchers about their services and received an answer.
Parchers will keep a resupply package in store, but they don't deliver (anymore).

Marla

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Re: resupply at Le Conte on 01/13/2014 10:29:55 MST Print View

Could be that Parcher's has an employee that would like to porter for some extra money?
But may not know that until they come to work in the early summer... likely far after you will have to make a deposit with a packer.

Billy

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Re: Re: Re: resupply at Le Conte on 01/13/2014 10:38:06 MST Print View

Could be but how would I ever know ...? ;)

Marla

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 10:52:31 MST Print View

this seems like an awful lot of time, energy, and money just to keep from carrying an extra few days food.

what pace will you be moving ?

are you going north or south ?

Edited by asandh on 01/13/2014 10:53:28 MST.

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Re: Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 10:59:20 MST Print View

Please ... don't go that way!

In 2012 I did it all by myself. Now I'm going with someone who might not be able to carry food for more than say 7 days. And even if we can, it's all our choice.

My question was not meant to let others discuss our pace nor our physical possibilities, not the weight itself nor the choices we make concerning the weight to carry.

So I'm glad if you want to be helpful, but please stick to the resupply question.

Marla

Edited by masanella on 01/13/2014 11:21:57 MST.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 11:19:39 MST Print View

Suggest you also contact Dee Berner. They have a manned pack stations at Pine Creek and Onion Valley and also do on-trail resupply (or did as of 2011).

email to pinecreekps@aol.com or bernerspack@yahoo.com; Phone at 800-962-0775, 760-387-2627, 760-387-2797; or mail requests to PO Box 968, Bishop, CA 93515.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Re: Re: Re: resupply at Le Conte on 01/13/2014 12:37:08 MST Print View

Marla,

You could call around and ask... Parcher's late spring after they've hired their summer help... Wilson's East Side sports... Ranger Stations... all the backpacking shops in Mammoth... the east side shuttle services.... search the web for east side town bulletin boards... Chamber of Commerce... etc. These are small towns and I'm sure they will be helpful if they know someone that wants to make a few extra bucks...

but problem may be that these places may not hire their summer work until after you would have to make a deposit with your packer... or any potential porters may not decide to offer this service until after your deposit is due... its a problem...

So to answer your question:Could be but how would I ever know ...? ;)
You have to call and ask a lot of places/people...

Or/And.... maybe post here and other backpacking web sites and offer, say, $200 for a porter... worth a try... maybe someone can combine it with their own trip and make some extra cash to pay for gear...

good luck...

Billy

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: resupply at Le Conte on 01/13/2014 13:25:07 MST Print View

"So to answer your question:Could be but how would I ever know ...? ;)
You have to call and ask a lot of places/people..."

Would be a good idea if I lived nearby, but I live in Europe.

Marla

Edited by masanella on 01/13/2014 13:29:53 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 15:25:22 MST Print View

Marla: I could potentially find a San-Francisco-based hiker who jump at $200 to be a porter. I would have as a college student 30 years ago, am still in touch with the UC Berkeley Hiking Club, and act as a porter for BPLers in Alaska at times (for free).

Bob: What is the mileage and elevation change for a porter's road trip?

Everyone: for some reason it makes me happy that some poor hikers are supporting themselves, in part, by being human pack mules.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/13/2014 15:50:30 MST Print View

David, I have explained to Marla that I have a friend who is currently at Mammoth, trying to eke out a living in the nonexistent ski business. One idea would be that I get the food package from Marla and drive it over to the east side to hand it off to my friend at South Lake. It gets carried over the pass to LeConte, which is about 10 miles plus a bunch of elevation gain (Bishop Pass is about 12,000'). I think some kind of deal is being negotiated shortly. Then I would be the backup porter, if it came to that. I was hoping to see my friend get a new source of revenue to fund him when he and I go together on some other adventures which would follow this mission.

--B.G.--

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Re: Re: sharing resupply service JMT at Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station? on 01/14/2014 00:13:27 MST Print View

Thanks, David.

That is also a good suggestion and a reasonable price.
Good to hear what students do to for their money. Having some private fun with hiking and creating some income must be a good combination for physically fit students.

First I will work out Bob's offer.

Marla

Edited by masanella on 01/14/2014 00:15:42 MST.

Marla Beringer
(masanella) - M
Back again ... (now resupply Charlotte Lake) on 03/23/2014 11:33:24 MDT Print View

More than two months later...

I thought Bob and I developed a reasonable solution for a resupply but the deals's off unfortunately (to my surprise and dismay).

We are looking for other people to share the resuplly at Charlotte Lake on July 17th.
So if anyone is interested, please contact me!

About the other suggestions:
I already tried to join the Yahoo JMT group, but there seems to be a technical problem and I emailed the owner of the group

I will also contact David by PM.

Marla