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Today was a day filled with joys and frustrations. I finally made it into Yosemite! I took some great photos and moved onward. I realized in Grace Meadow that I had taken almost the same photo of Forsyth Peak that appears in the guidebook on accident. I then purposefully took the same photo of Grace meadow as appears in the guidebook.
Something really cool happened at Wilmer Lake. I got that feeling again like I haven't had since I travelled to NYC to photograph The Gates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gates) in '05. That eye - the photographer's eye - that sees a portrait in the landscape. I have been chasing this feeling and Yosemite is a great place to catch it!
For those of you reading this that are artists - musicians, painters, etc. - you know that feeling. It is the feeling that happens when you CREATE. It's the reason we do what we do, that passion. If we play the same song 100 times and only get it that last time it is enough.
About Wilmer Lake. The guidebook not only refers to it as Wilma Lake but goes on to say that maps incorrectly label it as Wilmer. Every Sign in Yosemite (at least 5) refer to it as Wilmer and these signs are far from new. This brings me to something else that started bubbling up when I read a reference to Southbounders hiking into "your" camp, in reference to NOBO hikers, the vast majority.
I have already felt like the trail caters to NOBO folks, but this passage made me feel like a second class hiker citizen. This is frustrating! I started brainstorming, thinking about creating a guidebook for SOBO hikers. I got to thinking... The reason most thru-hikers travel NOBO is because of tradition. I can think of no other compelling reason for something like 95% of hikers to follow this trend. What if I changed things up with a guidebook for SOBO hikers? We're the ones who have a greater need for a guidebook.
Think about it - most all Y intersections are only signed iff a NOBO hiker were approaching the fork. if you approach a Y inter section SOBO because (seemingly) NOBO hikers would have no confusion. If you approach a Y intersection from one of the forked paths into the bottom part of the Y there is no confusion.
Granted, there is not a huge market for SOBO hikers. Yet. Sure, you may have to travel over 20 miles before you reach water in the very southern reaches of California. Starting in June at the Northern terminus if far more ideal than finishing in September there when the storms rage through the Cascades. The desert is hot April as well as OCtober. There is less snow, which is a plus or a minus depending on your angle.
So... How do you go about getting sponsorship for such a thing?
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org