- yes, this is what I want to do!!!
- this is very exciting!!!
- this will be really something
to brag about!!!
|Not confusing at all, is it? |
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- new names: Duck Pass, Evolution Creek, Golden Staircase, Sunrise Creek, Bubbs Creek (did they spell it wrong?) all mixed up at first. They are somewhere on the map, I think, but still not in my head
- best foods are lightweight but full of calories and hopefully some nutrition
- gear galore, best in the world tents, backpacks, stuff sacks, compression sacks, waterproof sacks, protective clothing, breathing clothing, see-thru clothing (well, maybe not), stoves, hiking poles all the stuff I need for all the money I don't have
- training: you mean I cannot get fit on the trail? So why do I bother to begin with? And how the heck am I supposed to find time to do training when I have all this planning to do?
- exit trails in case we decide that after all this planning we are really not into backpacking
- resupply points because there is no way I can carry three weeks of food on my back
- bear cans vs bear sacks (not legal in Yosemite - see I learned something already)
- you mean rangers really care where I spend the first night but after I can sleep anywhere as long as I obey some (also confusing) rules?
- I can leave the trail but only for 24 hours (if I got that right) and how would they know how long I was gone? I mean are there checkpoints? Like I have a passport book they stamp, or what?
- there are good resupply points for the first part of the trip and then what, I starve for 2 weeks or do I add teens of miles to get to the nearest town or a trailhead where a kind soul will be waiting with burgers for me
- so could somebody finally decide f
or mewhich is better, sturdy hiking boots or light trail runners?
- and what's with those tarp tents. They are soooo light but what if I have two left hands and can't set one up so it does not blow over me in the lightest breeze?
- last week I read alcohol stoves are best, much better than Esbitt cubes or anything else and now I am reading that actually just the opposite is true
- JMT forums with fabulous and infinitely patient people explaining to us newbies how things are done but since we are dim and slow we ask same questions over and over again. Like, are you sure, really sure I need a bear can? What if I bring a sack instead and hide it behind a rock? or Oh, I will need a tent but not a hairdryer, got it. Can I still bring my makeup kit?
- great books whose writers sometimes naively think that I will care what kind of manzanita trees are growing on which parts of the trail while I am desperately trying to find a place to set my tent
- what the heck have I gotten myself into?
- two hundred miles is a long way
- three weeks is a long time
- total elevation gain of 46,000ft is a lot of steps to climb
- 30-40lb pack is a heavy hump to carry
- spending three or more weeks with a teenager can turn a loving and infinitely patient mother (that's me, of course) into a raging murderous lunatic (got that hint from an older and seasoned backpacker)
- and I still want to do it and I am actually having fun figuring it all out
|Sylvester is absolutely certain he is coming so unlike|
my son, is helping with planning stages.
Guess who will be joining me on this trek.
|Anybody wants to join me?|